I wrap myself in my favourite soft mint green cosy blanket and head off to the kitchen to feed Oscar and make a a cup of so-very-English white tea that always, always tastes like toffee.
There are just as many recipes for making a perfect cup of tea as there are people in England. Every family has its own tradition of tea making. Of course, ideally, you use a fine bone china pot that you warm up first and then fill with loose tea leaves, about 1tsp per cup, and enough boiling water to have enough for all the tea lovers in a household, let it brew for 3 minutes and pour into beautiful porcelain feathery-light cups.
You add a drop of milk that creates a beautiful cloud and some sugar, or, even better, in a lady-like manner, white sugar cubes. Not exactly a Japanese tea ceremony, but nevertheless it is very beautiful, classy and gives you all the peacefulness you deserve.
This morning I am in my PJs and don’t want a tiny cup and saucer. I want a mug I can hug while curling up on a sofa. So I stick a PG Tips tea bag in my favourite bucket-size cup, brew it until my tea looks like a very dark amber, add a splash of milk and enjoy the results of my labour feeling blissfully happy.
Photo source: Daria Werbowy in Proper English | Vogue US October 2004 (photography: Mario Testino, styling: Grace Coddington)