In tags

The Tea Tag

What was the first kind of tea you ever had?

Glengettie – it’s the tea that my mum grew up on and consequently drunk ever since then. It’s a Welsh brand and tastes great, although it’s obviously not produced in Wales.

What is the best place to have tea – at home or in a coffee shop?

At home definitely. Preferably by the fire in my pajamas, either writing or watching a film.

Do you prefer hot tea or cold tea?

Hot! You can’t have cold tea! It’s against the rules!

When do you drink tea – morning, evening or afternoon?

All of the above. I try to keep the flow of tea as constant as I can.

What is your go-to tea?

Again, Glengettie. But if not then a nice redbush or fruit tea.

What is your favourite seasonal tea?

Last year I drunk redbush and vanilla for basically the entire winter, but this year I want something a bit spicier.

What do you put in your tea?

If it’s a black tea then milk. If that black tea is redbush or chai tea then I’ll often have it without. If it’s green tea, fruit tea or an unusual flavor then no milk. And no sugar in my tea at all!

Do you prefer your tea weak or strong?

My mum likes really weak tea so when I started to drink it mine was very similar. Since then, however, I have grown to like it stronger, although not too strong. Again, it’ll depend on the type of tea as well.

How did you get started in the wonderful world of teas?

As I think I have said before, my mum got me into liking tea. It started off with regular tea and then as I found more different types of tea, my addiction has grown.

What kind of tea are you most keen to try?

I’ve some lemongrass ones somewhere – I’m really intrigued by them.

What is the worst tea you’ve ever tasted?

I don’t know – maybe that lemongrass one when I get round to trying it!

Do you prefer loose tea or teabags

I love both, but loose tea is more of a hassle to use so teabags.

Teacup or mug?

When I’m at home I usually use my Pride and Prejudice or 5SOS mug. However, if I am staying with my grandparents then I usually use a teacup and teapot that had been handed down to them from a relative.

Best night-time tea?

A good caffeineless redbush.

What is the number one tea you’d recommend?
Whatever suits you! As Ollivander says: "The tea chooses the wizard, Mr. Potter." Or that's my version of it anyway...

I would recommend going to various county shows if there is one near you – they’re really a summer thing so this’ll have to be next year. This summer I found a really nice little tea shop at my local show and they were selling little selections of their different tea for £10 – so naturally I bought some and they have been so nice. I really would recommend just looking for a local tea shop that has a wide variety of flavours – it’s a sure found way to get into the tea world!

I'm going to tag my friend Katie, who blogs at, as she, like me, is a tea enthusiast and addict!

Thanks for reading 

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In 5 Fridays writing

5 misconceptions about writing

1. Writers have plenty of time to spare.

Those who write professionally will spend hours and hours in their day writing. But this doesn’t take into account the self-promotion. Many writers, particularly bloggers, spend an awful lot of time on social media. We have to promote ourselves to get people read what we have to say. Often the day can go by and you’ve been working all day – especially if you have another job, or go to school, college or university.

2. Writers earn lots of money – straight way

Unless you’re the genius that is J. K. Rowling, then you won’t become a billionaire through a career in writing. In fact, many writers have to get another job to keep themselves going as the royalties from their books and the small income that may come from blogging will not suffice. But we continue to write, because it’s like a calling. We have to write to keep our sense of mind.

3. Writing is relaxing

Believe me, I love writing and it’s my favourite thing in the world, but hell can it be stressful. I get so engrossed in the plotline, the happiness of my characters and the way they are feeling that I can honestly get really anxious by the whole thing.
4. Every single one of us is a huge nerd

Every writer I know or know of is, to some degree, a nerd. But we aren’t just nerds. We spend ages reading, researching and pursing our creativity. Writers are some of the most creative people you will ever meet and normally have some other creative outlet other than writing.  I am a writer and a violinist; I know writers who are singers, writers who are painters and artists and writers who have other interests that are quirky and fascinating. If us writers are anything, we are definitely not boring.


5. Writers have no social life

Probably the biggest writer stereotype is the image of a writer in their “natural habitat” of sorts. Alone, typing feverishly on constantly used computers. That may be true for a lot of the time but it doesn’t represent us completely. We have plenty of friends – the amount of time we spend reading turns us into better conversationalists. And where else do you expect us to get our inspiration from?

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In blogging writing

How Blogging has Affected my Writing

Since starting my blog in May I have written nearly 50 posts on topics that vary widely. I have written about happiness, self love, events in my life, books that I enjoy and, possibly my favourite thing in the world: writing. That’s what blogging is essentially all about, isn’t it? Writing.

Of course, I did write a lot before I started blogging. I have done basically since I could. But blogging has started me writing in a different way to normal.

Instead of sticking to narratives and individual stories only, I have expanded to another realm of the craft. I now write about actual events that have occurred in my life – whether it is something like watching an emotional film about one of my biggest writing inspirations or going on a trek in order to complete my bronze D of E award. I can now write about my opinions in a way that I know other people will hear (more like read!) them. I can try to help others by writing about my own experiences and reach out to a wider audience.

Blogging has improved my writing and my mind because it forces me to be creative and think outside of the box on a regular basis – particularly because I have a weekly schedule to stick to. It makes me think about a lot of things in more depth, and I love that.

But blogging has had some negative effects on my writing. Take what I said about blogging and narratives; they’re very different styles of writing. I have said many times just how much I love to create different stories and characters – and I feel that one story and a few characters in particular have suffered since I started to blog.

I have been writing a novel for over six months now and I add to it whenever I can (particularly when there is something else that needs to be done!). I adore my characters and truly wish to give them as much attention as I absolutely can, but given the amount of time I am in school, completing schoolwork at home, sorting out my room, practicing my violin and doing extra things outside of school, they have had to take the back seat multiple times. And that’s without publishing three blog posts each week thrown into the mix.

I’m not complaining. I love blogging – I really do; it has given me the chance to speak to some great people and reach out to people all across the globe. But I’m convinced that blogging has prevented the word count on my novel from growing as much as it should have done.

The only thing I wish for is more hours in the day. More hours in which I could just write. To give my characters the tie they deserve.


Are you a writer and a blogger? How do you think your righting has been effected by blogging? I would love to know (Please tell me I'm not the only one who thinks this!).

Jemima x

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In books love thoughts

I love Harry Potter

Do you ever get this overcoming, overwhelming realisation of just how much you love something? It’s not a simple ‘oh, yeah – that’s rather good’. More like a full ‘OH MY GOD I DIDN’T REALISE JUST HOW MUCH THIS THING MEANS TO ME!” all come on in one second.

It’s like a sudden right of love and affection for this one thing, bursting in my chest as if I’m about to explode. It consumes you and fills you with this incredible awe that, as hard as hard as I try to, is indescribable.

The only thing that I ever feel this way about is Harry Potter. Anyone who knows me will know that I love it – the books, the films, everything – and those who don’t know me too well find out pretty quickly into our acquaintance. These 7 books have changed my life and made me who I am today.

Have read (or being read to by my parents) the first book as a young child I have since become an enthusiast of words, writing, books, stories and, possibly most importantly, of imagination. This one series, written by this one amazingly talented woman, has morphed me, molded me into, well, me.

At odd times I get overwhelmed by the amount I love it. I mean… I always know that I love it, but at certain times that love fills me up completely. It’s so weird how these recognitions of my adoration for these books can come along in such bursts – infrequently yet constantly.

Today I watched a film about J.K. Rowling’s life before and during the publication of The Philosopher’s Stone (Magic Beyond Words: The J.K. Rowling Story) and it gave me one of those realisations. A realisation that pushed me to write this post – made me leave aside my plans for a 5 Friday post all about these short stories that were very well written and entertaining but I can’t for the life of me remember what each and every plot was, let alone which were my 5 favourites out of the lot.

This film was quite poignant to me and frankly made me quite emotional. Particularly when Harry and his world were first created – one moment that would change so many lives forever. It hit home with me and I am unashamed to admit that I cried a great deal. I saw myself in the version of J.K. that was portrayed - which made me cry even more...

The film gave me one of those realisations. It reminded me just how much I love Harry Potter and his fabulous, magical world.

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