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Tea and Crumpets Will Change Your Life

Picture this. You are downtown Seattle, and you have been running your legs off with two twelve-year-old girls and one thirteen-year-old boy. You have hit just about every souvenir shop on the waterfront, fed them lunch; as well as the seagulls, visited the aquarium, shopped a few downtown record shops, listened to the three kidlets picking at each other, and even had to sooth a tear or two. You finally leave them with auntie, and slip quietly into a British tea shop.

The quaint, yet dark little shop was quiet as a library, as customers perused the many teas and British groceries. I found a bit of sunlight coming in through the old glass front door, as it was shimmering on a table. The lonely chair at the table beckoned to me.  I ordered a crumpet with a schmear of blackberry jam; and of course, a cup of tea. The warm crumpet soaked up the butter and the rich dark sweet jam.  The "spot" of Earl Grey tea, with its aromatic and licorice notes certainly hit my "spot." …

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