Time for a Cuppa

I spent some time flicking through old photographs a while back and thought I’d share one particular excursion with you.  So sit down, it’s time for a cuppa!

I love drinking tea, I’m rather addicted to it if I’m totally honest.  I can live without most things, but a cup of tea?? Maybe not.

I’m often taken back to memories of a trip to Sri Lanka, probably 20 years ago now (eek!).

Time for a CuppaI was spending a week touring around Sri Lanka, visiting temples, nature reserves, an elephant orphanage and other wonderful sights before heading to the beach.  During this tour we visited the old colonial hill station of Nuwara Eliya.  A little bit of old England situated in the heat of old Ceylon. The countryside around Nuwara Eliya is breathtaking, there are tea plantations as far as the eye can see and wonderful waterfalls providing natural irrigation.  We visited a plantation and it was like stepping back in time, the tea was picked manually by brightly coloured tea pickers, in the same way it has been done for generations – I could have stood watching them forever.  The speed at which the pickers worked was quite impressive.

We were then taken to a tea factory, sadly I don’t have any photographs of that, maybe we were asked not to take any, I can’t remember now.  But anyway, we were shown all the steps that the leaves took from being picked from the plants to arriving in our teapots.  It was fascinating, you have no idea when you buy a packet of tea, the work involved in getting it to you.

One of my most vivid memories is the tea tasting at the end of the tour.  We were assured that you really didn’t need milk for a decent cup of tea.  Wow, it was the best cup of tea I had ever tasted!  I can remember buying boxes to bring home for us and all the family.

Happy memories of a trip from long ago, but a drink that I still love passionately to this day. I’ll always make time for a cuppa!


 

About Over 40 and a Mum to One

I'm a Mum in my late 40′s with an 8 year old son. I had a busy life in Export Sales before my Monkey came along, but decided to become a stay at home Mum once he arrived. Now I enjoy writing my own family lifestyle and travel blog. sharing the adventures that we have as Monkey makes his journey through school.We have a cat called Brewster who makes appearances and I’m a mad Ferrari Formula 1 fan, so that expect to hear about as each season unfolds.We love reviewing days out, toys, games and books and would love the opportunity to look at anything that fits in with our family lifestyle. We are always out and about and offering an insight on the places we visit, with a passion for nature thrown in for good measure.If you like what you read please leave me a comment, I love to hear from people, and always try to reply. Enjoy the read.

19 thoughts on “Time for a Cuppa

  1. Oh wow Mary what a fantastic post. Sounds like you had the most incredible time there – what a trip. The temples, reserves and elephant orphanage must have been amazing. The tea plantation scenery is just staggering, what an incredible sight – especially as a tea lover! Awesome post, thank you so much for sharing #whatsthestory

    1. It’s a very diverse country. Feeding a baby elephant and having all these elephants stampede past me to the river for a bath – images that will stay with me forever. Sadly, all the photos are up in the loft, these I’d scanned a while back.

  2. Ahhh – Sri Lanka. One of my favourite countries. We got married there and we were lucky enough to take the kids back about 3 years ago. We stayed for a night in an old tea factory near Nuwara Eliya – it was brilliant. I am also inspired by using older trips for posts – must look through my old photos!

    1. It’s an amazing country isn’t it. I toured for a week and then spent a week on the beach before flying to the Maldives. I was so upset watching the tsunami footage a few years later when I saw the hotel next to our’s under water.

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