If you’ve ever browsed my blog you’ll know how much I love a nice cup of tea and I think it’s important to stop work and have a tea break at regular intervals. Can I tempt you to take a break right now? Go on, put the kettle on and have a read of my blog post today, which is all about my favourite mugs, cups and treats – essential for creating the ultimate tea break.
Do you have a favourite mug that you use every day? Or a particular mug that is ideal for hot chocolate, and hot chocolate alone? Perhaps you have a special cup that you save just for weekends? I can’t be the only person who has favourite mugs for different types of tea break, can I? Surely you’ve wept over a broken handle after your favourite mug slipped out of your soapy hands while you were lovingly washing it? Just me then…It might seem over the top but I honestly have a real passion for these tea-holders and I want to share photos of my top 4 mugs with you today. Not least because I want to record these cups while they’re still with me, so that I can look back at the photos and reminisce if they ever end up chipped, cracked or smashed. I am a clumsy person and I lose cups like other people lose socks in the washing machine. And every loss is devastating. So I took these photos this week and am just going to write a little about why each mug is special to me.
First up is my favourite of favourites, the cream of the crop, the top banana. I picked up this chunky mug in a charity shop and honestly can’t explain why I love it so much. I’m not necessarily a huge fan of the monarchy, so it’s not the royal crest that draws me to it (although I love monogrammed glassware and crockery, but that’s another story…) and I’m sure that it’s not particularly valuable even through it celebrates the Queen’s Silver Jubilee and was produced way back in 1977. I think it’s just the feel of the mug that makes it my favourite – thick, textured, sturdy – like it probably won’t smash if I drop it. And let’s face it, I probably will.
I save this mug for special tea breaks; the kind that come at the end of a long day, when you really need to relax. Or weekends. This mug is definitely my friend on weekends and I love filling (and refilling) it with tea all Sunday long. The chunkiness is ideal for hot chocolate and chai too (imagine wrapping both hands around a steaming hot cup on a cold day and you’ve got the feeling of ths mug) so it probably gets used more than all my other mugs. I really love it can’t help dunking moist sponge Madeleine cakes into my thick hot chocolate.
The next mug in my list is my work mug. I only ever use this ‘C’ cup when I’m sat at my desk and the big black font makes me feel like a ball-busting career woman, a ‘pro’ blogger and a determined, motivated creative. I get work done in half the time with this bold mug pushing me to be the best! It’s for straightforward English breakfast tea only and the mug encourages me keep on writing while I take a quick sip. I recently noticed that the mug, like me, is slightly wonky and not quite the ball-buster that I once thought it was – the handle is on upside down! This endeared the mug to me even more and we became friends rather than just colleagues. There’s nothing better than sitting down to munch on a well-deserved crisp caramel sea salt galette while taking a brief break from the computer screen with my favourite work mug.
This Little Miss Sunshine mug made it into my top four because she is part of a his ‘n’ hers pair. If I am making a cuppa for my husband, this cute twosome will always come out to play. My brother gave us these mugs for our wedding anniversary and I kind of like how sweet it is to have matching cups of tea when we get to take a rare tea break together. The design reminds me that I am a happy person, so it’s a great pick-me-up if I’m having a particularly sulky day. Hubby and I like to enjoy our tea with a petit tartlet and I’ll always go for lemon while he reaches for chocolate and caramel – I like to think that I’m making the healthy choice!
Finally, this is my ‘posh’ mug. Okay, there’s no fooling you – it’s a cup and saucer that I originally bought from Ikea about 10 years ago. That’s a pretty long time for me to own a cup without breaking it but then again I only get it out for special drinks – the kind that deserve your full attention on a sunny weekend. With the saucer right there it would be rude not to serve a poppy and lemon biscuit on the side so I inevitably carry a treat or two out with me when I’m relaxing in the garden. This mug has accompanied me to many homemade afternoon tea parties in the caravan and it’s so big that you can easily fit two standard cups of fruit tea in this one huge gingham cup so you don’t need to go indoors to refill as often – yes, I’m that lazy.
So what about you? Do you have a favourite mug that never fails to cheer you up? Do you have posh cups that you use for special occasions? Have you been devastated by a broken handle yourself? Leave me a comment below and tell me all about your faves!
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