It was my birthday a couple of weeks ago. I had started a new job a few days before so I decided not to make it a "big one". Instead I gathered together a couple of my loved ones and headed to Saf Restaurant in Shoreditch. It is an amazing vegan raw food place, which I realise may not sound like the most wonderful thing - but it really was. And not only was the food great but the rather fantastic mixologist behind the bar created a special tea cocktail for me!
But that's not what I'm here to write about. Instead I'm here to show off and give thanks for all the wonderful tea-related birthday gifts I received. My sister went to town and got me a gorgeous tea cup and infuser in one, a highly recommended book on the history of tea, and some Korean Sparrow's Tongue tea leaves (which I'll let you know about later); my parents got me a lovely white crackle-glaze china tea set; Miss O, who had clearly been paying attention to my reactions on our visit to the London Review Cake Shop, got me the lovely glass Gong Fu tea set from Jing Tea; and Coffee Boy got me a very nice bone china mug with Battersea Power Station on (it's one of my favourite London landmarks) and a day's cupcake making course. I do suspect an ulterior motive as he has already instructed me to be sure and bring back all the goodies I make there, but nonetheless I'm really looking forward to it.
So all in all it was a pretty great birthday. And it made me realise just how lucky I am to have friends and family who care about me - and my tea obsession.