Teaple Tea!

So a while ago I was sent some lovely teas from the folks at Teaple. They are a relatively new business and according to their website you might find them selling at various markets or pop-up locations. Their teabags are made from 100% biodegradable materials, and the packaging is from renewable/ sustainable sources and is also recyclable.

Now, you all know how much I love tea, so I was very excited to try these, especially as they are wonderful loose leaf teabags- all the taste of loose leaf tea but no need to use a strainer or infuser.

I loved the quirky names too!

The “Lord Grey’s Tweed Trousers” (Earl Grey) was gorgeous- I didn’t brew it for too long but the bergamot flavour came through really well.

“A Soothing Romp” (whole chamomile flowers) was sweet and comforting. I always forget how much I love chamomile tea- perhaps it sounds like it won’t have much flavour but it is just so mellow and relaxing.

My absolute favourite was “The Fresh Prince” (Cut peppermint leaves)- seriously how great is the name? But it was not just a fab name, it really was the sweetest mintiest mint tea I have tried, and I have tried a lot of mint teas! I tend to stick with “normal” teabags for mint, as the fresh ones I have tried never seem to have as much flavour, but this was wonderful.

I also tried the “Brewbarb & Custard” (vanilla rooibos) which was also really lovely- I added a splash of almond milk as I think it went well with the vanilla. This sort of tea is great when you fancy something sweet (like a hot chocolate) but aren’t actually hungry as the vanilla flavour makes it feel like a sweet treat.

They are all available on their website- you can see the range of teas (and cool names) here. I have just seen they do a sample pack so you can try all the types and then find your own favourite (plus you then get 10% off your next order). I think mine would have to be the peppermint, but the vanilla rooibos would be a very close second. But to be honest I loved them all. You can check them out on facebook and twitter @teaple_co

Thanks Teaple!

*I was sent the teas in exchange for an honest review- all opinions are my own.

Physio update

Hey peeps, I hope you all had a lovely weekend. Where did it go??

On Friday I had my first physio appointment- I had to rush there at lunch time so I was stressed about that too. The lady I saw was really lovely and mostly put me at ease. She asked me loads of questions about the problem/ pain, got me to do a few moves (squats, stretches and a few other things), and then had a go at massaging out the pain. I won’t go into too much detail but I have 2 problems, some inflammation around a part of my hip/pelvis, and slight muscle pull on the inside of my hip, but she said it was a bit chicken and egg, in that one probably caused the other but we would not know.

I also got rather told off as I am so inflexible- I know that anyway and do try to stretch, but she said next time she will give me some stretches to do- at the moment it will be no good doing them at the moment as I will do more damage. She gave me some exercises to do at home, and told me to ice certain bits and also no running (although I had stopped anyway- I mean no point running if I can’t walk). The soft tissue massage was so painful though- I now have some interesting bruises on my leg and it is still sore to touch even after a few days! At least by the end of the appointment I was feeling better, and we did some of the moves from the start again, and they were better, so I could see an improvement.

I tried to book another appointment but I couldn’t at that time (clashing with work), so that is one job for this week.

On Friday evening we were off to the Eurostar for a weekend away, hooray! I will do a proper post once Andy has sorted the photos, but it was a lovely weekend with lots of walking (I did fit in my physio exercises too), lots of delicious food, and lots of Christmas markets.

I bought quite a few chocolate souvenirs- including chocolate with macaroons in it! I was just taken with the novelty! Plus some chocolate covered orange slithers, and a little block of orange marzipan.

We got back on Sunday night, but although it was busy I also felt so refreshed- on the train on the way back I listened to the film podcast from radio 5, which has made me really want to see “Saving Mr Banks”! So although we were travelling it was pretty chilled out.

I have not put up any decorations yet- there are still 3 weeks of work left before Christmas so it seems a bit early, plus I would quite like a real tree (as we now have a sideboard where we used to put up our fake tree, we have no space for it now!) and we can’t have those too early in case the needles drop. Anyone started decorating yet? I do want to start decorating my Christmas cakes this week, exciting!