I asked blogger Llinos Mai Thomas to describe her day in tea...

Do you have a daily routine?
Yes! I will be awake at 7.30 and it’s straight to the kitchen for breakfast, either porridge or granola. When I’m all dressed and made up I’ll head to work at 8am. I get home from work about 6pm and I go straight for a run, then when I’m back at the house it’s time for dinner and a shower. I’ll chat with my boyfriend and guinea pigs, watch TV or blog before getting in bed to read a book before going to sleep.

When's your first cup of tea?
It’s when I get to work, at about 9am. I like to savour my tea and there isn’t time for that with breakfast, I’ll just drink water instead.  

What's your preferred tea-making ritual?
When I’m at home at the weekend I enjoy making a pot of tea with three teabags and letting it brew so it’s nice and strong. It feels so decadent! Then I will enjoy a cup while I read a book in my dressing gown on the sofa. There’s something nice about sharing a pot of tea, it feels cosy.

Did you drink tea as a child?
Never! I actually didn’t start drinking tea until I was at university. I didn’t like hot drinks as a child, but since I took that step I have never looked back.

Confess. Can you say no to biscuits or cake?
The honest answer is sometimes. If I have a Nakd bar to hand I can resist, but it can be a struggle. I like to try baking cakes with little sugar in them so I feel healthier when I indulge. I don’t feel that I need a biscuit with my tea, I can enjoy it on its own.

Which is your favourite cuppa of the day?
It’s that first one of the morning. There’s something about savouring that first one and I often look forward to it while I drive to work. Having that cup makes the day feel more manageable! 

Is there one break that's non-negotiable?
Not really. It varies from day to day. I might have three cups a day, and never later than mid afternoon. On a weekend I probably drink less, but tea breaks feel more luxurious when I’m at home with my favourite mug and the guinea pigs are chattering along.

And finally, milk or tea in the cup first?
I know some people feel very strongly about this, but I tend to put milk in first. It’s just more convenient and it’s something to help the process along while the kettle boils. I like a strong cuppa and so I only put a spot of milk in, so I don’t feel it really affects the taste either way.

 

 

Llinos is a blogger and author who loves reading, history and crochet. She lives in Cardiff with her boyfriend and guinea pigs.
www.thelilaclinnet.com