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A classic cup

This morning I find myself with a cup of a more classic tea, Cream of Earl Grey. I wonder briefly as I wait for it to steep if I should add a drop of milk and a spoonful of sugar, but after some thought I decide to sip it black.

The Earl Grey in loose leaf form is a very dark, almost black, dried leaf with occasional pieces of a dried tan coloured leaf. The ingredients are simply black tea, marigolds with cornflowers. The loose and steeped tea has a floral smell and I would describe the flavour the same way.

If we were having coffee tea, I would apologize because I’m posting this up and heading out camping. First camp of the season. Can’t wait.

If we were having coffee tea, I would bring forward a parenting/electronic issue to see what your thoughts are. So, I have pretty strict rules around electronic use in my house. 30 minutes at a time, weekends only, no electronics on weekdays, and electronics are not allowed in bedrooms or bathroom, they can only be used in the main family area. As you can imagine, my kids aren’t happy with me about this at all, but they respect it. The other thing that factors in to my electronic rules is that at 12 and 9 my boys do not have cell phones. So, here is the problem. My older boy is having trouble fitting in with his peer group because of my electronic rules. He keeps telling me that he can’t even be involved in the discussions because most (if not all) his friends have phones and their conversations revolve around Tiktok videos and video games (and that is if they are talking at all and not just staring at their phones). I thought that he was being dramatic about this until he came home from a sleepover and told me that every boy (except him) came with an I-pad and they sat around and didn’t talk to each other, they just played on their I-pads. He was crushed and I am at a loss.

If we were having coffee tea, I will share some updates on The Ember Stone. The coming soon post is up on The Twin Horseshoes website. It includes the advanced reviews too. If you want to have a look, you can find it: here. I have been making a few small changes to my Pages. The About Shari page updates. My book page isn’t complete, so this is a temporary status, here. I plan to put product details there eventually. Hmm, what else? Eighteen days till book launch. Thank you all again for the support.

By Shari Marshall – 2022

Weekend Coffee Share is hosted by Natalie the Explorer. I hope you have a chance to join us for a virtual cup. Coffee share #70 or week 18 of 54.

7 thoughts on “A classic cup

  1. Hi Shari
    Are you sure that your Earl Grey tea did not include bergamot oil? It’s the bergamot oil that pretty much defines this tea.
    Also, it sounds like Ember Stone is gaining momentum. I hope you have a smash hit to deal with. We may yet hear about non-reclusive you’ve become.

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    1. You know what, I double checked the ingredients and it does not include bergamot oil. Its David’s Tea loose leaf Earl Grey.
      Hope you had a great weekend Gary. Thanks for stopping in.


      1. Well – this is surprising. It’s almost like lemon tea with no lemon. On the other hand, if it’s good and available, do we really care what they call it. I don’t think anyone owns the name “Earl Grey”.
        Live and learn. . . .
        Thanks Shari.

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  2. Uhh, the electronic issue is a big problem for kids. Too bad his pals didn’t think of playing board games instead of untouchable tiktok videos.
    And hurray for your novel debut. Good luck!

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    1. Thanks Antoinette. I’m pretty excited about it, and it is getting so close.
      As for the electronics, I agree a board game would have been great. My son recommended it (we play board games often), but it was a no go with the rest of the group. Too bad, I think they are missing out on some fun things…


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