Often, it’s the little things.
(These mugs are from the factory shop, found when visiting Stoke with some of my best friends two years ago. They are slightly imperfect and I love them. (The mugs. Although I could probably say the same about my friends!). The teacosy is from John Lewis, bought on my way home for Christmas last year. I’d almost given up on finding the perfect sauté pan for my dad (his request) and thought I would have to give him some books – which, as usual, he would probably have read already. I stopped at John Lewis as I passed High Wycombe, in search of kick tape. They had just the right pan, and next to it this cheery snowflake-embroidered range of kitchen goodies, all on sale! Perfect.
The tea in the teapot was a present from a friend, brought back from Sri Lanka where she was visiting her grandparents, measured out with a tea scoop from another friend, a Christmas present a few years ago. Friendship and festivity in every sip).