Alexandra Fraser takes a look at a few things set to brighten up the end of your winter, from a non-denominational rugby shirt to a £145 sterling sliver marmite lid. No, we're not joking.
Some spring flowers…
Jealous of the flowers your friends got on Valentine’s Day? You’re an independent person – get your own. Send them to yourself at work. Fill your home with bouquets. You’re worth it.
This gorgeous bunch, from Lavender Green Flowers, is just the ticket to herald in Spring. Sure you could pick a few flowers from your local field (as is the nature of utterly inessential), but for a special occasion, it’s nice to enlist some professional help.
A cup of tea or two…
Afternoon tea is a rare, wonderful gift in life and it’s back in its best season. If you’re after something a little different from the traditional tea and cupcakes, try the Queen of Hearts afternoon tea at the Taj.
Truly tasty and beautifully put together, it’s definitely afternoon tea royalty, especially for those who are fans of a rich, chocolatey cake. If you fancy an ordinary (ha!) jasmine tea, it runs all year round.
Come on, England
Sometimes, you want to demonstrate an awareness of the current major sporting event occurring in the world right now, to show you’re in the know and woke. Sometimes you have so many teams that you owe allegiance to that you just can’t bring yourself to wear one country’s colours.
Sometimes you stride into a Very English Bar full of Very English Rugby Shirts and dive to the floor in your gold and green when the screen shows the trophy being carved 5 minutes before end of play. C’est le vie. And we’re all living it.
Whether you’re watching in the pub or escaping to the seven seas, a Whale of a Time deck shirt is always appropriate.
Our weekly tipple…
Sipsmith are experts on easy gin cocktails. When you catch your next glimpse of sun, try this one out for size:
Muddle some basil leaves in a shaker
Add ice, 10ml of sugar syrup, 15 ml of lemon juice and 50 ml of Sipsmith London Dry Gin
Shake well and double strain into an ice-filled glass
Garnish with a basil leaf if you’re feeling fancy
A little slice of wonderfully ridiculous
‘I love my marmite and it deserves all of the silver lids!’ – anonymous Country Life staff member, 2020
Just please, for the love of all that is holy, do not throw it in the damn bin.
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