EN, SP, E. Tea. To be continued…...
Writing this on a Sunday, does go against the grain to some extent, and not because of any religious aspect. However, as a child, though going out to the front of the house and meeting neighbours’ children, was alright, we were not allowed to play outside and create a noise, where we might disturb other families in the street, we lived in. Shops closed and back in the 50’s there was half-day closing on a Wednesday afternoon.
Having two older sisters and all three of us now retired, it may be to the uniformed that one day of the week drifts into another, but even if one does not occupy the time well, the weekend is still different to the rest of the week. These days we can; should we wish, shop in shops on a Sunday or utilize the time online buying various items. But from Saturday afternoon in general things do calm down, stuff like bills, queries and various can wait, until the weekend is over, especially if retired.
But today is about making a cup of tea, in a more sustainable fashion, and is very much designed for those concerned about using gas or electricity, in the winter months. Most possessing an Electric kettle, so forgive me. At a time when seriously ill with mental health issues, money for me and to an extent even now was precious. As the years passed some ideas from a true austerity have been dropped but they remain as relevant now as they once were, but from a different reasoning and perspective. Should you continue to follow the website www.sutainablebritons.org be patient all will become clear.
Persisting in harping on about small actions helping the planet and pockets. My neighbour called me eccentric during the summer and I welcomed the title, far better than being labelled “bonkers or mad”. Sustainability, has the same labelling from “Frugal to environmentally friendly” However, in terms of boiling a kettle to make a pot of tea? Oh, so simple? changing habits of lifetime are not straight forward.
So, this is what used to happen when very short of income and here is what happens now because Sustainable Development is about The Environment, Social Policy and Economics. Somethings are straightforward and simple: - There are hundreds of Gizmos out there on the market for tea making and coffee, (remember we are all different what suits one does not suit another, but we have soil at our feet and a sky above).
Some years ago, whilst de-cluttering what is a small kitchen a neighbour had a selection of crockery and pottery as did I therefore I gave it to the neighbour. Amongst it a large teapot, (damn! Why was I so generous, but now singularly single, no relevance, or so I thought) But the kitchen so small, work surfaces so limited Gizmos even today are not an option, taking up to much surface area..
The outcome, now returning to lose leaf tea and not teabags was twofold. No Teapot, no strainer, but the process to sustainable living is: Think before you act or react and my favourite success mantra "work with what you have got" serves well. :(sustainability is time consuming yet having the time and conveying this to others, if it helps, and it works, use it do not worry that you forget at times, its an ongoing process, to live sustainably).
Some weeks back, a friend use to visit a couple of days a week who liked puddings which are not on the menu, for the author. Yet I needed a sieve, ended up getting three for the price of one. And realised I had a tea strainer, slightly larger than the norm, but actually a small sieve, amongst three. Problem, solved on that score, but no teapot, looking at the price of a new one, based upon having bought all new crockery for the kitchen (please do accuse me) First time in over 35 years of broken and chipped.
To buy a matching teapot would have cost one arm and two legs. Light bulb moment, back to the financially bad days, a large pouring thermos flask and a freebie from my catering days. Therefore now, at presen;t still using up a stock of Xmas tea bags, with my first packet of lose tea in store, finally got ahead of the game).
Drinking tea in the morning is a ritual in this house, three mugs minimum, before surfacing; without the delights of a partner to make it. Against the rule of filling the kettle only for one tea required. Fill kettle to full, make flask of tea. If boiled water going spare make first mug with that, then return to flask.
Maybe Prof Brian Cox may assist on this, when the tea goes cold in the flask, reheating seems it tastes stewed. But cold tea revitalised in the microwave does not. (Maybe someone not so busy could explain). So, there you go, a more sustainable way to make a pot of tea. Of course, the whole story on tea and sustainability does not end there, hence to be continued.