9 Things All Coffee Lovers Will Relate To…

  1. Your day doesn’t start until you’ve had coffee… That first mug in the morning means you can face whatever day ahead throws at you.
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2.  Once you smell the coffee, you need the coffee… You could be busily working away but one waft of fresh coffee means you drop everything and head to the nearest kettle.

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3. Whoever heard of too much coffee… 3 a day, 5 a day, espresso, latte or americano. There’s always a reason for more coffee, right?

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4. Not all superheroes wear capes… Coffee makes you feel better. Whatever mood you’re in, whatever problem you’re dealing with, some time out to sit down and relax with a good cup of coffee fixes everything.

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5. Decaf is not proper coffee…  There’s a time and a place for decaf, maybe you don’t want a caffeine fix right before bed, but it will never compare to the real thing.

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6. No coffee shop is too expensive… Costa, Starbucks, Cafe Nero or you little local, when you need that coffee fix you need it now.

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7. Books and coffee are the perfect combination… There is nothing that can beat that quiet time when you sit on the sofa, usually covered with a throw, with your favourite book and a huge mug of coffee. Need a coffee and book fix? We’ve got you covered.

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8. It always tastes better out of your favourite mug… We all have one in the cupboard, that special mug that we always grab when we want to chill with a coffee. Not got one, we’ve got a few perfect options for book lovers

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9. Coffee counts as breakfast… Running late or lying in, a mug of coffee or two is always a good way to start your day.

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As a member of The Bookishly Book Clubs, it’s safe to assume that you love books just as much as we do, which is why we wanted to tell you about our brand new clothing range that’s launched over on our main Bookishly website today…

A collection of slogan sweatshirts in a variety of sizes and colours that feature some of our favourite quotes from literature. The range aims to empower, inspire and reflect a society that’s pushing for equality. Here are a few photos to show what you can expect. We’re really proud of these products. If you like what you see make sure to go and check them out in more detail.

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Thanks so much for reading, we’d love to know what you think! Shop the clothing collection here.

Hidden Treasures We Find Inside Our Old Books

We’ve been running a blog series over on our main blog for over two years now. It’s all about those little treasures we find hidden with our vintage books, from tickets and invoices through to photographs, love letters and so much more. Here are a few of our favourites. We’d love to know if you’ve found anything interesting in your old books.

1. Couple Photograph.

We’d probably date the photograph of this young couple back to the seventies. It’s such a lovely picture! We’re always after ways to reunite these forgotten photos with their rightful owners.

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2. Handmade Greeting Card.

On first glance, this handmade card somewhat resembles a letter of ill intention… Though the note itself is simply between two friends catching up!

Dear Anne,

Thanks for card and address. How’s the husband, do i know him? Everyone seems to be married or divorced – not me, all fallen through thank goodness! Am now at Regional College Art Manchester (Industrial Design). Hate the north, what are you doing besides obvious? Lousy weather here but wonderful summer in Italy and Yugoslavia. Have you read the cards from Italy, saw Anne has and can’t think only of you. Life is good to me in all ways but goes far too quickly. Shall come and see you in Bristol as i pass that way en route to Manchester.

Drop me a line in the meantime. Are you any better (calmer now?!)

Sorry Graham (for what?)

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3. Butlins Advert.

An advert encouraging the younger generation to holiday at Butlins. We have to say it’s pretty persuasive! ‘Nowhere else could you dance each day to such famous bands, see greater entertainment stars or enjoy better facilities for every kind of sport and amusement without paying one penny extra…. I am planning to make the coming season my best and biggest ever – for everyone. Leave your holiday to me and I promise you’ll be glad you did.’ The advert message is even  signed’ by Billy Butlin!

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4. Vintage Book Subscription.

This was a particularly lovely find. The reason we sort through thousands of vintage books each month, is for our book club subscription parcels. So, to find a treasure offering an actual book subscription service from over sixty years ago was amazing to us – the love people have for reading, and books in general, is timeless.

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5. Postcards To Grandparents.

These postcards are from a young lady named Bev to her grandparents who live in swansea, dating back to 1971. She’s keeping them updated about the latest goings on from her holiday. They read:

Dear Gran and Grandpa,

Well since I last wrote to you we’ve driven 800 miles across spain into portugal to a place called Figuero Da Foz, which is a great place if only it wasn’t raining. The camp site is tremendous with an enormous swimming pool, tennis courts, restaurant, bar etc. All for less than 2 euro a night. Anyway we’re heading south soon so maybe that will improve the weather. All the best for now, Bev.

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Dear Gran and Grandpa,

I’m writing this in Biarritz where we’ve been since Saturday. The weather was great when we got here but it’s started to rain now so we may head south into the sun after this week. Paul’s got one hell of a hangover after getting high on the local plank (?).

Anyway, bye for now, love Bev

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6. Children’s Illustration

We found this lovely drawing in a vintage copy of Agatha Christie’s ‘The Thirteen Problems’. What do you all think?!

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7. Love Letter

We found this love letter tucked inside the pages of a 1961 publication of Thunderball by Ian Fleming. Upon first read, we thought we were reading about a forbidden and forgotten love between a now married lady and her former sweetheart. However, when we examined a little closer, it seems that the individual who wrote this letter was writing it to Mr. Bond, and was doing so in the character of Domino – his love interest in the story. Here’s how the letter reads:

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Darling,

I wondered at first whether I should write this letter, but I know you will understand. It hardly seems possible that we could be so far apart after what happened.

Carlo is kind. Of course I love him, and the children make up for everything. But once in a while I remember… Our first drive… Our first supper together in the Casino! You ordered Champagne. And I told you about my hero – the sailor on the front of the packet of Player’s (I believe you were jealous!)

This Christmas we’re coming to London. I know you’re terrible busy, but couldn’t you just find one spare evening when we could meet and talk and laugh about old times?

Do please say yes. And don’t let that horrible old ‘M’ give you any assignment over the holiday.

I think of you –

Ciao, Domino.

P.S Came across this book in Nassan yesterday. You must read pages 152 – 155.

 

 

The Best Tea In The World

We’re huge tea lovers here at Bookishly. (We are British after all!) Tea and our unfaltering love for literature was very much the inspiration behind the Tea & Vintage Book Club.

But just where in the world can you get the best cup of tea?  A big question with so many answers and they’re all right! Take a look this list, what do you think?

MOROCCO

You will never be short of tea when visiting Morocco, it’s ever-present.  Moroccan tea is prepared with an infusion of herbs, such as mint, contains plenty of sugar and poured in a very specific way; its strong and sweet.  Sometimes they add Chinese gunpowder tea, don’t worry it’s not actual gunpowder, the leaves are hand-rolled into tiny pellets resembling gunpowder. In the winter you’ll find lemon verbena tea.

Tea is always served with food and a tea ceremony is traditional to close any meal of the day.

SRI LANKA

One of the top 5 producers of Ceylon tea and the original namesake. Ceylon is considered the best tea in the world, extremely popular and comes as a black tea, a green tea and a white tea.  Sri Lankans drink their black tea, very strong with milk and sugar. If you’re looking for beautiful surroundings to sit and enjoy a brew, Sri Lanka is for you.

Like many other countries sharing a pot of tea with friends and family is the perfect way to wind down at the end of the day.

INDIA

Is the second largest producer of tea after China.  In India they prepare tea very differently. Typically, although drunk with milk and sugar, the leaves are not steeped separately but boiled along with additions and then boiled again after adding in the milk and sugar.  The most special tea is boiled solely in milk.

Most famous for masala chai; a combination of black tea with milk, sugar, ginger and cardamom.  A wonderful combination for Autumn & Winter.

CHINA

Tea culture in China is by far the world’s oldest, boasting mesmerising tea ceremonies, luxurious tea houses.  If you want to have tea and chat head to Sichuan Province renowned for venues where you can gossip, play mah-jong or enjoy light entertainment. If China doesn’t have what you’re looking for when it comes to tea, it’s probably not worth the bother.

JAPAN

Another place with utterly beautiful tea ceremonies.  You haven’t experienced the ultimate tea culture until you’ve taken part in a Japanese tea ceremony.  Usually performed by a lady in a kimono, this time-honoured and traditional ritual involves green tea powder or matcha.  Japan has the most delicious tea, especially blended with jasmine or roasted rice. Their traditional tea houses are small exquisitely designed and built ‘huts’, set in immaculate traditional gardens.  This sounds like the ultimate place to take tea.

UNITED KINGDOM

There is no better place to have afternoon tea.  The Duchess of Bedford started the tradition of 4 o’clock afternoon tea.  This much loved ‘institution’ still retains an element of posh, especially if you’re lucky enough to dine in one of the UK’s top hotels.  You’ll find yourself with a menu of delicious teas to choose from, not mention scones and sandwiches. What we lack in ceremony we make up for in emotional attachment.

Don’t confuse this with high tea, totally different a light evening meal, ordering this can lead to disappointment if you’re hoping for scones and sandwiches – how very British.

TURKEY

Real Turkish tea is delicious, it’s strong and dark.  It’s not the apple tea served to tourists (does not contain apple or tea).  The tea is brewed in a special pot, boiling hot without milk. Served in a small glass along with biscuits.

KENYA

Third largest tea producer in the world.  Kenyan tea is a bright copper colour, sounds lively! Synonymous with the brand Brooke Bond.  You can now go on plantation tours, picking Assam leaves with the locals. The Kenyans describe their tea much like France would describe wine; full bodied.

RUSSIA

Not the first place I would think of if asked ‘if you could pick a country to have tea, where would that be?’ The Russians love drinking tea and this simple ritual for making tea makes me think of wintry afternoons under blanket with tea on tap, literally.  Using a samovar, a rather lovely looking brass tea kettle (much like a hot water urn), they make a brew using a tea concentrate, zavarka. Zavarka is strong and made from loose leaf, diluted with kipyatok (boiling water). Fill a quarter cup with the concentrate and top up with water.

Where would you add to the list?

Tips To Achieve The Perfect Book Lover’s Night In This Autumn

Autumn has well and truly arrived and we’d be lying if we said we weren’t a little bit excited about it. We’re all for those cosy evenings spent curled up on the sofa! Given the time of year, we thought a blog post about how to create the perfect book lover night in would be more than welcome.

The Setting

You’ve got to create the perfect environment. Make it as hygge as possible. Blankets, comfy clothes, you’re favourite place to sit/lounge/lay… Ambience is just as important – candles, fairy lights, log burners are all great.

The Drink

Snacks and drinks are essential (obvs). Popcorn, chocolate… Anything you can graze on. In terms of drink, it’s got to be warming. Coffee, hot chocolate, and tea are all good options! After a bookish mug just for an extra special (arguably unnecessary) touch? Have a look at our literary mugs!

The Book

The most important part! Vintage book, a new book, an old favourite. Whatever you choose, just make sure it’s something you can really get stuck into. Need some help choosing a book? Have a look at our subscriptions, we’ve got a little something for everyone.

That’s pretty much everything! Anything else that you think should be added to achieve that perfect night in?

7 Favourite Roald Dahl Quotes

13th September marks 102 years since the birth of one of our all time favourite authors, Roald Dahl. To celebrate the life and works of this wonderful writer, we wanted to share with you seven of his most ‘splendiferous’ quotes that never fail to make us smile.

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it. “ The Minpins.

“A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of you face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.“

“It’s impossible to make your eyes twinkly if you aren’t feeling twinkly yourself.” Danny, the Champion of the World.

“All you do is to look at a page in this book because that’s where we always will be. No book ever ends when it’s full of your friends.” The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me.

“Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog.” Matilda.

“A little nonsense now and then, is relished by the wisest men.” Charlie & The Great Glass Elevator.

“It doesn’t matter who you are or what you look like, so long as somebody loves you.” The Witches.

Do you have a favourite Roald Dahl quote?

Literary Mugs – The Perfect Addition To Your Book Club Subscription

If you’ve popped over from our subscription website (www.teaandbookclub.com) , you’ll know all about The Bookishly Book Clubs – a monthly subscription featuring a vintage book or new and a packet of delicious tea or coffee.

We’re here to tell you about our literary mugs, the perfect addition to your subscription that you can purchase over on our main website, along with a host of other literary goodies.

Each mug features a different bookish quote that’s sure to sum up at least one part of a book lover’s personality. Which one suits you best? We’d love to know your favourite!

  1. “Just one more chapter…” It’s 2.30AM and you’ve got to be up at 7 but the urge to keep on reading is just too hard to resist.

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2. “Home is where there’s a stack of books by the bed.” Erm, home is where there’s a stack of books everywhere…

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3. “A book a day keeps reality away.” There’s nothing better than escaping the real world for a while by diving into somebody else’s.

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4. “Between the pages of a book is a lovely place to be.” Erm, between the pages of a book is the best place to be.

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