All you need are books and tea...

...it's true you know.

image via Pinterest - I can't find the original source I'm afraid...

Morning! 

I am still on the sofa...and when I'm not, I'm still rather hobbley (isn't that a good word!) 

To pass the time I've watched every episode of River Cottage there ever was (thanks to my giant box set and 4od) and I've now begun the inevitable Harry Potter marathon...backwards from the end...controversial!

Mostly though, I've been reading. The book I've been utterly fixated by all week is The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, which was recommended to me by our carpenter...I will do a proper review (probably) when I've finished, but thus far it is absolutely stunning! 

Also, I have decided to start drinking tea again, just green at the moment though. I used to drink about 8 cups of conventional black tea a day, builders style with milk and two (but secretly three) sugars. Then I realised that was nearly 100g of sugar a day...from tea alone! Not good at all. So I stopped drinking it, and all other forms of caffeine completely...the headache was awful, but after this passed, I felt so much better, and only drank red bush or herbal teas from that point on.

However, after nearly six months without it, I'm beginning to think that the antioxidant benefits of a really good green tea may outweigh the downsides of a small amount of caffeine (I still eat dark chocolate after all which has a little), so I sent the fianc√© out for some (seeing as I cant drive...or really walk at the moment) with instructions to "make it a nice one!". He bought me this Teapigs Mao Feng Green Tea and I'd forgotten how much I love it! 

I'm going to see how I feel after a few weeks of drinking a couple of cups of green tea a day, keeping it to the morning or early afternoon only incase the caffeine does affect me at all, and I may re-evaulate my black tea ban. I love it you see, and I think now my palette has changed, I may appreciate it without sugar, and maybe even without milk. 

And being British, it's in my blood...tea is practically religion, and certainly the answer to all ails:

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Happy Friday everyone 

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