On the night we say a fond farewell to the London 2012 Olympic Games, I have never felt so proud to be British. Both the closing and opening ceremonies and the games themselves have helped rekindle national pride and enabled us all to re-focus on this wonderful country’s identity and achievements.
It has got me to thinking more than ever before about what is ‘quintessentially British’?…
So many things.
But, drinking tea (a sport in itself, you could say) is one of those British past times which has transcended time, class and occasion - much like the Olympic Games.
William Gladstone (who - aptly - was the Prime Minister of Britain for a total of four terms) once said, ‘If you are cold, tea will warm you; if you are too heated, it will cool you; if you are depressed, it will cheer you; if you are excited, it will calm you.’
I saw this quote on a visit to the Eden Project - and it’s so true. Check out their blog about the benefits of tea by clicking on the tea cup.