A Nice Cup of Tea

Reunited at last! My suitcase and I. It's a long tedious story. Briefly, in May I left it at my son's home in Scotland. I don't know why it hadn't occurred to me before now, but suddenly I had a light bulb moment and checked out the cost of having the suitcase delivered to me. Wednesday lunchtime the case was in Aberdeenshire; Thursday morning it was delivered to my door 500 miles south in the East Midlands. Incredibly good service for £12 (£5 discount for first order).

And did I ever tell you about the nightmare experience of once picking up the wrong suitcase when I disembarked at Aberdeen station?  Opened the case at my destination to find that I had the laptop and underwear of a stranger! Total shock ensued.  Luckily, the customer services department eventually sorted the situation but it took several days - in the meantime, I had to purchase underwear and toothbrush to see me through the weekend, and then make a special journey to Leeds station to pick up my case. Sending luggage ahead is definitely the way to go for silver surfers not in possession of all their faculties! I'm going to send my suitcase ahead in future, rather than lugging it through the airport and paying too much for it to be put in the hold, or struggling to get it on board an overcrowded train. And then picking up the wrong case when I disembark!

I digress. Back to the more recent drama. My suitcase and I had been separated for so long that I had forgotten what the contents were - apart from some TWG tea that the family had brought home from Singapore. I had ordered it at my 70th birthday celebratory tea party at a posh hotel during my November visit, attracted by the description on the menu. Feeling nostalgic, I asked for some to be brought back to the UK when the family was repatriated.

Holiday in Paris Tea by TWG - who could resist

Rare Yin Zhen and sweet vanilla have been blended as an ode to a leisurely promenade along the cobblestone streets of Paris. Nard and wildflowers decorate this cup with their crisp, floral savour and leave a heady, perfumed aftertaste. 

 Now it's sitting on my kitchen counter. But because I know that it is quite expensive I can't bring myself to make a brew with it. I'm saving it for a special occasion and in the meantime sticking with my usual builders' brew in my favourite mug.

Want to know more about life as an ex-pat in Singapore?  Find my Wander Wisdom article by clicking here

By Alohomoratum. - Own work., CC BY-SA 3.0,
TWG  shop in Singapore