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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.

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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ALDEBARANIAN 4/27/2013 7:51PM

    Here I sit, with my cup of brewed tea (no mouse on a string, no milk), chuckling. Not quite commando this evening, a small taste of sugar. Sometimes I use a little lemon.

That box you sent me looking for's almost empty. I hope I'll be able to find another.

I'd like to welcome you back to that nice little tea shop just out of revenge, and to prove that sort of mishap's uncommon.

Thanks for sharing a cup of tea with me. emoticon

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1SALMON1 4/27/2013 7:28PM

    Always, always always a pleasure to read of your ventures and adventures! Thank you again!

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LIVEDAILY 4/27/2013 7:22PM

    Lovely photos, especially the billowing clouds. Note to self (you): purchase extra camera battery, pack it up, and carry along with on walks in knapsack.
I agree, the waitress won't remember. It would be a shame to avoid a nice little cafe due to an errant breeze.

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PJBONARRIGO 4/27/2013 7:05PM

    I am so glad you enjoyed an 11 mile hike this weekend. It is great news that your foot is finally better. emoticon
Fun blog about your walk right up until the tea stand went ballistic and encouraged the milk jug to riot. You can always return to that café and make a special request for no wayward tea things, but I am pretty sure that the waitress will not remember the incident beyond Monday.

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NELLIEH1 4/27/2013 6:57PM

    Once again, a lovely walk for us all. Thanks. Let's call the wind...outcast, not you! Do hope you didn't get scalded.

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NOTSPEEDY 4/27/2013 6:47PM

    Love your blogs and your walks.

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IDICEM 4/27/2013 6:24PM

    Well, you had to experience some mishap now that your foot is better. Comic relief and all that.

Lovely walk through the countryside. Thanks for blogging!

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JENSAWIP 4/27/2013 6:16PM

    You should be a professional story teller! You had me cracking up again!

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JEANNETTE59 4/27/2013 5:49PM

  Hope no real harm was done to your leg........but you did give me a good laugh.

love your beautifully descriptive Blogs emoticon

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GABY1948 4/27/2013 5:44PM

    I always love your walks...and your pics...and your sense of humor! Have a GREAT weekend! emoticon

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MICKEYH 4/27/2013 4:58PM

    Sorry for that tea and milk accident. Hope you didn't burned your self with hot tea. Take care.

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DALID414 4/27/2013 4:46PM

    I'm sure if you give it a few weeks they won't remember you.

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LILLIPUTIANNA 4/27/2013 4:29PM

    Why wouldn't you show your face in that cafe again? I'm sure that's not the most embarrassing thing that waitress has ever seen a person do. In a couple of weeks, it'll probably be nothing more than a vague memory for her and a good giggle for you.

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INGMARIE 4/27/2013 3:10PM

    emoticon nice walk ,and tea to boot, not bad.
thanks for sharing emoticon
as far as teas go, the stuff on a sting, not my fav.
I want the loose leaf too,so much better emoticon

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LOOKINGUP2012 4/27/2013 2:44PM

    Thanks for the lovely walk. You had the grace to laugh it off and tell about it. That;s emoticon

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DANAPRIME 4/27/2013 2:40PM

    You are too funny!

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HARMONIUM 4/27/2013 2:32PM

    So sorry about this! It's fantastic to find real loose-leaf tea and I'm sorry that the moment was spoiled for you.

If it makes you feel any better, yesterday I got my lancet to pierce my finger to test my blood sugar. Instead of sticking out my finger, I absent-mindedly (Alzheimer's-mindedly?) picked up a tin of cat food, "Mariner's Choice" and attempted to sample its blood sugar.

When it resisted the lancet I realised that I needed to change my focus.

I love the chronicles of your walks.

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TERMITEMOM 4/27/2013 2:22PM

    Wonderful walk and beautiful pictures! So funny about the tea! Thank you for sharing!

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LIS193 4/27/2013 1:36PM

    Beautiful pics!

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THE_SHAKESHAFT 4/27/2013 1:01PM

    What a lovely looking walk :)

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STONECOT 4/27/2013 12:39PM

    It was totally surreal, if funny! It's probably my turn next. It surprises me that I've not ended up flat on my back in the mud yet! emoticon

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JACKIE542 4/27/2013 12:36PM

    Really nice long walk. Relaxing time now emoticon

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MARUKI52 4/27/2013 12:27PM

    I hate those "mouse on a string" thingsoo t. I don't like my tea overly strong and they put so much "stuff" (tea and dust) in those it's impossible to make a cup of tea I like and cafes, restaurants, hotels etc. put too many in a pot even for my other half who likes his tea stronger than me.

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JERICHO1991 4/27/2013 12:10PM

    Great walk. Thanks for sharing. Somewhat adventurous, in an awkward way, also. I'm sure you'll have great laughs in the future looking back on the experience.

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DR1939 4/27/2013 12:04PM

    Those "mouse on a string" are filled with tea dust not tea leaves.

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NEW-CAZ 4/27/2013 12:04PM

    Lovely walk Anne, lovely pics too!

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LINDAK25 4/27/2013 11:57AM

    Little walk, indeed! Spectacular pictures. I love clouds like that. (Cute little cowboys.)

I used to live near Chalfont, Pa, in fact, I had a friend that lived there. I'll never be able to see it the same way now, thanks to Cockney slang!

I hope your dignity has recovered sufficiently. I've been known to do things like that. Snort--You drink tea commando! You are so bad.

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ADARKARA 4/27/2013 11:35AM

    Oh no! Hope you didn't walk home wet!

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STAREYES723 4/27/2013 11:28AM

    Sounds like just one of those memorable moments. At least you had a good walk and some nice pics to share. Thank you. Have a great weekend

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LECATES 4/27/2013 11:27AM

    Too funny about the cafe---that lemon cake sounds interesting. What a lovely adventure, mishap and all.

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IAMWINNING 4/27/2013 11:26AM

    What a nice walk. The only downside came when you stopped..... emoticon

I'm glad you're ok.

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ELRIDDICK 4/27/2013 11:22AM

  Thanks for sharing

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 4/27/2013 11:21AM

    Lovely walk

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