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Tea and milk, no sugar

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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Yesterday Stonecot and I went for a nice little walk (all 11 miles of it, yes).



We saw billowing clouds of the kind that would have made Constable gibber and reach for his paintbox, and pretty little bullocks whose beauty was enhanced greatly by the fact that they were the other side of the fence.





I do not have many photographs owing to a miscalculation about the lifespan of various camera batteries, but halfway along our walk, we came to a very pretty village called Chalfont St Giles.

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alfont_St_Giles


This is the sort of village that features in Midsomer Murders.

It is well-kempt. It has an ancient flint church. It an estate agent's (of course). It has trendy boutiques from which to buy ladylike clothing. It has an art gallery. It has at least four pubs, but we were sort of avoiding pubs owing to having five or six miles to walk to get home. We did however fancy a cup of tea. There was one cafe and it was open. So there we were, ensconced outside the cafe in a stiffish breeze. The waitress brought out our tea (coffee for her) and eventually our cakes. Lemon meringue for Wossname, coffee and walnut for me.

My tea was loose leaf tea (none of what Aldebaranian calls mouse on a string) in this place. Real loose leaf tea with a strainer in a little metal cup thingy to stand it in. I was delighted, even in England you don't get this set up too often. I picked up the strainer and started pouring the tea through it, not into the white china cup I'd been given, but into the stand, was was about the size of an eggcup.

I watched myself do this.

Of course, it very quickly started overflowing, straight through the trendy metal basketwork table and on to my leg.

I can report that the tea was boiling hot.

I said something along the lines of 'Aaagh' and pulled my jogging pants away from my leg hurriedly, till the tea had cooled down. Wossname and I looked at each other and tried to find an explanation for why I'd done this and the only one we could find was 'senior moment' so senior moment it is. I actually OWN a teastrainer with stand like the one in the cafe at home, and use it, so it's not as if I mistook its purpose.

At this moment the playful little breeze sent an eddy underneath the laminated plastic menu on the table, flipping it up and sending the mini milkjug that was sitting on it flying and the milk landed on my leg. All of it.

I looked at Stonecot in speechless misery.

What the what? What? What? What had I done to deserve this? I now looked as though I had had a little accident. The fact that the waitress came out and kindly offered me a napkin (I declined) and Stonecot explained to her that it really wasn't my fault only made me even more embarrassed.

I'm pleased to say that the rest of the walk was delightful and we plan to revisit the very beautiful wood we found later on, but there's no way I'm showing my face in that cafe again.

I don't even take milk in my tea, I drink it commando!

PS I wish to make it clear that commando wasn't my solution to the liquid jogging pants problem.
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CINDHOLM 4/28/2013 7:50PM

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JSEATTLE 4/28/2013 7:49PM

  I love the pictures you include of your walk w/ tea. Sounds lovely and glad it wasn't serious.

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GREENVALLEYS 4/28/2013 7:46PM

    I first loved the greenery, then the eleven miles over the country side. I was getting ready for the cup of tea and you use up all the milk....
No, seriously, I hope you are doing ok. 

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TEASCHERTZ 4/28/2013 7:10PM

    Thank you for sharing your adventures. Hope you have recovered from your boiling bath. emoticon

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JANETRIS 4/28/2013 6:00PM

    Good to see didn't cry over a little spilled milk and kept on going! emoticon

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MJ7DM33 4/28/2013 4:33PM

  WTG! 11 miles! Thx for sharing!

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ALOVELYLEO 4/28/2013 4:31PM

    Glad you weren't burned!

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BARBARASDIET 4/28/2013 3:10PM

    Ouch!

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ROBB1N 4/28/2013 3:04PM

    Thanks for the chuckle. Glad you weren't burnt.

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DIANNEMT 4/28/2013 2:52PM

    What a wonderful walk--11 miles?!? Wow.

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KARRENLYNN 4/28/2013 2:50PM

    Thanks for sharing!

Karen

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TRYINGHARD54 4/28/2013 2:13PM

    nothing like ending up with milk in your lap...... emoticon
great pictures. thank you for sharing

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    emoticon Thank you for this! Entertaining as always emoticon

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REALKIEKEY 4/28/2013 1:32PM

    Glad you didn't let the mishaps ruin the rest of the beautiful walk emoticon

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KACEYSW 4/28/2013 1:31PM

    Chantal, you have a turn of phrase and inimitable wit that keeps me smiling all day long!

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IAMAGEMLOVER 4/28/2013 1:30PM

    Nice pictures. I envy you being able to get out and walk. Right now I have been ordered no to to exercise. I am suppose to stay in bed for another few days but I can't just stay in bed. No television in the bedroom or anything. Yesterday I did sit on the porch for a half hour and do a crossword puzzle. Soon, I can take walks again I hope.

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MOMMY445 4/28/2013 1:02PM

    sounds like you had an amazing walk! have a wonderful day!

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JERICHO1991 4/28/2013 12:54PM

    good to hear no milk with your tea. It's healthier that way.

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SPARKBJOK 4/28/2013 12:51PM

    What a beautiful day you had despite the "accident."

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GRIZ1GIRL 4/28/2013 12:31PM

    A beautiful day like that is a rare gift! Glad you enjoyed it--tea & all! :)

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CECELW 4/28/2013 12:30PM

    hahahaha.. you totally could be my clone! you have a sweet sense of humor...just be a little more patient with yourself.

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CICELY360 4/28/2013 11:59AM

  good blog

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ALIHIKES 4/28/2013 11:28AM

    Great blog! Loved the tea description -- but sorry about the hot tea spill!

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LIVELYGIRL2 4/28/2013 11:13AM

  That's some walk and pretty too.

Sorry about the spill; I guess it will make you remember it. emoticon emoticon

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GARDENCHRIS 4/28/2013 10:50AM

    Don't you just hate when that happens!?!?!? LOL

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TEDYBEAR2838 4/28/2013 10:50AM

    I checked it out, Chalfont is so neat!

Your story is way too funny, I wish I was a Mouse
watching it all :)

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AUSFAM 4/28/2013 10:48AM

    Your tea always sounds so delightful (just as the places you walk to). When I think of tea, it's plain and simple--I need to spice it up a little bit! :)

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 4/28/2013 10:06AM

    Lovely pictures, great story

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IACTA_ALEA_EST 4/28/2013 10:04AM

    hope the tea was fragrant! You could cal it eau de st. giles!

Thank you for sharing the photos, especially the heffers.

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Allie B.


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ERIN_POSCH 4/28/2013 10:03AM

    thank you

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REVYN13 4/28/2013 10:02AM

    You truly have a way with words! Thank you for the laugh this morning (and here's to hoping your next walk is less... exciting :) )!

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    emoticon Too bad about the batteries!!!

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ANNASMOM12 4/28/2013 9:56AM

  to funny

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