Thursday Tea: August 13 (Swallowdale)

Thursday Tea Thursday Tea is a weekly meme hosted by yours truly. To play along, all you need is some tea, a book, and the will to answer some very simple questions: what tea are you drinking (and do you like it)? What book are you reading (and do you like it)? Tell us a little about your tea and your book, and whether or not the two go together.

Argh, horribly late again. Got distracted by some shiny new computer parts that turned out to be little monsters during installation. Boo!

The tea: Instead of Chai White, I’m drinking Double Spice Chai! It’s delicious, although not very summery, I must admit. Summer tea, to me, is more fruit, less spice. Ah.

The book: Swallowdale is the second book in Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons series. Wanna read summery books but don’t like chick lit or cozy mysteries? Try these books. Most of them are set during the summer (some are set in the winter), and they’re full of adventures and nature and lovely characters that aren’t at all gooey with overindulgent kindness/humility/goodness. They remind me a bit of Noel Streatfeild’s books, except with more boats.

Here’s a partial synopsis of the first book, Swallows and Amazons:

Swallows and Amazons begins with the four Walker children, John, Susan, Titty and Roger, holidaying with their mother, infant sister Brigit and a nurse at Holly Howe, a farmhouse on the shores of an unnamed lake in the English Lake District. Receiving permission from their absent father, Commander Walker R.N., they set sail in the dinghy Swallow to camp on a deserted island further down the lake.

Camping, sailing, fishing and exploring is soon interupted when the Walkers (the Swallows) are attacked by Nancy and Peggy Blackett, the self-styled Amazon Pirates. The Amazons live at Beckfoot on the shores of the lake and claim ownership of the island, which they call Wild Cat Island. The Swallows and the Amazons soon form an alliance, united in opposition to the Amazons’ irrasible Uncle Jim, who is living on his houseboat whilst writing a book. They conclude that Uncle Jim is a retired pirate and henceforth call him Captain Flint.

The rest of it (caution for spoilers).

Do they go together? Oh, sure. Maybe Double Spice Chai isn’t the most British tea one could drink, but the kids in the S&A books are constantly chugging back mugfuls of tea (though it’s never said what kind). I feel sort of like a kindred spirit when I’m drinking tea the same time they are!

What are you drinking/reading this Thursday?

0 thoughts on “Thursday Tea: August 13 (Swallowdale)”

  1. The book sounds like really good summer reading – I’m craving lemons lately, so I’m either drinking lemonade or squeezing lemons into my tea. Funny how these cravings work, yes!?

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