Thursday, July 1, 2010
cabinet of curiosities
You all know how much I love tea!
We only have a tiny cupboard for food storage in our kitchen (weird to think I once had a walk in pantry when I lived in Australia!!) and until a few weeks ago, approximately a quarter of it was taken up with tea! Boxes and boxes and boxes of it. I didn't even know what teas I had anymore, that's how crowded it was in there. The solution? Get a pretty cabinet just for tea!
I'd been after a special cupboard/cabinet to house my tea obsession for a few months. The only one I liked was about £130, which seemed a bit extravagant! So I put the tea cupboard to the back of my mind and, attracted by the huge red sale signs, wandered into Laura Ashley in Knightsbridge a few weekends ago, purely on a whim. And that's of course when you're always going to find what you were looking for.....when you stop looking. (Which I'd say is true of most things in life).
Not only was it just what I wanted, but on sale too! Double score!
My lovely fiance was handyman and hung it up for me, and then we filled it with the tea boxes - and found many that we'd forgotten were even in there! Pukka green tea! Rooibos! Twinings chai! Oh my.
The food cupboard then got a clean out - how does stuff leak out of packets so easily? - and now everything has a home and we even have enough room for our enormous "what if there's an earthquake/snow day/apocalypse" stash of soy milk, brown rice and red lentils. We kept grinning at each other and the little tea cupboard like we were some kind of geniuses - who would have thought such a tiny thing would make our lives a bit easier?
But it was far too hot to celebrate with a cup of tea, so we had a beer instead ;)