Also, everywhere you go there are tea shops, cafes and coffee shops that serve good tea and coffee. They are in galleries, museums, side streets, department stores, cathedrals and castles, on street corners and railway stations. If you visit a historic site you can almost guarantee there will be a nice little cafe with great tea, coffee and homemade snacks - think delicious cakes and scones, soups and salads. Why the U.S. can't get it's head round this idea and do the same is beyond me. It seems so obvious.
So the other day it was raining (again) and I headed out with my in-laws to the local Garden Center, not for plants, but for coffee, or tea in my case.
Can you tell I'm drawn to bright colors?!
After enjoying a great cup of tea, we dodged the rain showers and went for a quick walk by the sea. This is where I grew up. I played tennis on the beach, swam and body boarded here. I spent Charles and Diana's wedding day on this beach because I was a teen and sick of all the fuss! The beach is perfect for kids, it's very shallow and the water is safe. It looks lovely when the sun shines and is beautiful in winter storms when the wind and high tide drive the waves over the protective seawall.
Now if you'll excuse me, it's time for a nice cup of tea......