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Saturday, 19 April 2014

Time For Tea in Ludlow

If you live in the U.K. it's always time for tea. Last week we went away for a week to Shropshire and one of the many pleasures of being away from the normal routine is stopping at various places for tea and cake. One day we went to Ludlow which is a pretty little town with timbered buildings.

It is rich with history.

And inviting narrow streets to explore.

Prince Arthur, the son of Henry VII and brother to Henry VIII, and his bride Catherine of Aragon lived in the castle for a time, before Arthur's early death from an infection. Mary Tudor, the daughter of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon, also spent 3 winters at Ludlow between 1525 and 1528.

In the shadow of the castle is a tea room and whilst taking a break we learned of some of the superstitions associated with tea. Here they are:-

To stir the tea in the pot anti-clockwise will stir up trouble.

To spill a little tea whilst making it is a lucky omen.

Bubbles on tea denote kisses.

If 2 women pour from the same pot 1 of them will have a baby within the year.

To put milk in your tea before sugar is to cross the path of love, perhaps never to marry.

To make tea which is stronger than usual indicates a new friendship.

2 teaspoons accidentally placed together on a saucer points to a wedding or a pregnancy.

I hope you get time to sit down and have a nice cup of tea this weekend.

Thank-you for reading and have a lovely Easter break.

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