Thursday Tea: August 20 (Peter Duck)

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 willingness to answer these 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.

The tea: I’ve done it. I’ve finally cracked open my loose-leaf blood orange tea.


I was really nervous about actually drinking it, funnily enough. The name is intimidating, the directions were vague and easy to mess up (one teaspoon per cup but fill an infuser halfway?), and it didn’t say anything about milk and sugar, my normal additions to black teas. Eeeek! It sounded really good, though (“Orange zest, cinnamon and natural sweet spices added to fine tea create a rich, aromatic blend”), so I went for it.

I ended up adding milk and sugar anyway, stuck one teaspoon in my infuser and let it brew for 3 minutes. Turns out? It’s really good! The orange isn’t too powerful; it’s just in there enough to make it light and refreshing. I may let it brew longer next time, but I don’t think the milk and sugar ruined it. Yay!

The book: By a happy coincidence, the books three through five of the Swallows and Amazons series I had ordered via interlibrary loan came in this week! (You may recall I talked about book number two last Thursday.) So I started book number three, Peter Duck. It’s supposed to be written by the characters and thus metafictional, but I forgot that when I first started reading it. “But Peter Duck is an imaginary person!” thought I, and it caused a lot of confusion and wtf-ery (until I check Wikipedia, at least). Despite my initial brain fart, I’m finding it a terribly exciting book. There’s pirates! And hidden treasure! And lovely descriptions of sailing on the ocean!

Here is a summary which says it a little better than I did:

The third book in Arthur Ransome’s wonderful series for children, Peter Duck takes intrepid explorers John, Susan, Titty, and Roger Walker and fearsome Amazon pirates Nancy and Peggy Blackett onto the high seas. Under the command of the infamous Captain Flint (Nancy and Peggy’s Uncle Jim), the children brave a real-life pirate and his cutthroat crew, fogy, sharks, and the ravenous crabs of Crab Island in the search of buried treasure.

Also, as a side note, I must say that when Peter Duck was introduced in Swallowdale I thought he was a Donald Duck kind of character and it freaked me out even more than reading Peter Duck did. Giant duck running around guarding caves and sailing ships? Creepy!

Do they go together? “Blood orange” sounds like a pirate-y sort of tea, doesn’t it? Very dangerous and, er, peg leggish. No? Well, okay, so far there isn’t any actual blood, but there was marmalade! That surely relates to the orange in my blood orange tea, right?

What are you drinking/reading this Thursday?

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0 thoughts on “Thursday Tea: August 20 (Peter Duck)”

  1. Blood Orange Tea?! Definitely sounds like something pirates would drink.

    I’m drinking coffee and reading blogs…I mean, very important work emails… And yes they go together because I wouldn’t be able to get through the emails without my coffee.

  2. ooh! i’ve had blood oranges (in a salad!) and love them. i didn’t have much time for tea this week, aside from my standby, Paul Newman’s Lemonade-Iced Tea. i honestly have no idea what will happen if they discontinue it–i love it!

    ps. i love the new layout and header–very clean!!

    1. I’ve never actually had a blood orange, though I love looking at pictures of them! Do they taste good by themselves or should one eat them with other stuff? Maybe I can find one in a grocery store somewhere.

      And thanks! 😀

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