Archive for the ‘tea’ Category

This post was supposed to be a very imformative and visually brilliant (ahhh shiny cutlery!) post called: The Quest for Untarnished Spoons. Alas, to date my mission has failed. But I’m going to post it anyway.

My quest started many sun-ups ago on the day of Christ’s Mass when i was given a great gift from an enchanting Good Witch; my grandma gave me her old stainless steel cutlery set.

I traversed the land (scoured google) for the solution to the curse of Tarnish upon my pretty spoons and fish forks. And thus my journey began…

Get together your cutlery and take pictures because theyre so pretty.

Line a tin with foil and put your utensils in it.

Pour boiling water to cover the cutlery, then sprinkle on a couple of tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda. Make a cup of tea.

Have a cuppa, or wait for 20-30 mins.

Wash them in hot soapy water, dry with a clean tea towel…and cry because they are still tarnished.

Literally hundreds of people online swear by this method. I read several first-hand accounts of this WORKING. Since this disaster i have tried:

  • scrubbing with a paste of bicard and a little water
  • rubbing hard with a dry cloth and vinegar
  • using toothpaste
  • soaking in vinegar and then scrubbing/rubbing
  • shouting at them profusely
  • and, of course, pleading.

None of them has worked.

I like them tarnished anyway…?


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Good old fashioned stitching in a tearoom. Much needed alone time!

Spent a wonderfully clear day buying vegetables at the farmers market, some very decent secateurs at the flea market, and hunted every charity shop in town for a winter coat and tartan skirts – came back empty handed on the clothes front, but teacakes more than makes up for it!

And a lazy sunday with a full english!

And cheeky kitten + boyHope you all had a good weekend too!

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a change of seasons

Sometimes the only good thing about a day is the cup of tea at the end of it.

Today, that’s ok with me.

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