Will you take tea.

Photo copyright: Rochelle

Photo copyright: Rochelle

Carefully the kindling was sorted then arranged to supply the best fire, then fresh water delivered to the blacken kettle. You will take tea, won’t you Micheal. It would be my pleasure Marfa. Then a special blend of fragrant black tea’s was mixed, and lemons sliced.

Whilst Marfa carefully prepared our tea, my eyes wandered around the familiar room. Only the two golden Russian jardinieres by Karl Faberge remained on display to illustrate her true identity. As usual the tea was fragrance itself. Once I did know the secret of its blend, but time dulls the memory.

Genre Memoirs.
Word count 100.
The name used is fictional to hide the true identity of a lovely individual, sadly no longer alive. At the time that I met this lady she was in her late nineties, whilst I was a young community nurse.

This Post Has 49 Comments

  1. rochellewisoff

    Dear Michael,

    Such a sweet moment in time. I really like this.



    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Rochelle, in this case my memoirs are distorted to hide the true indentity of the lady. The tea she made was delightfully fragrant.

  2. neilmacdon

    A haunting and mysterious piece, Michael

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Neil, in truth there should remain a aura of mystery around this lady. My memoirs are slightly distorted to hide her identity

  3. Iain Kelly

    Those remaining Faberge’s hide and promise an exciting past life. Nice scene Michael

    1. Michael Humphris

      They certainly do, thank you Iain

  4. Keith's Ramblings

    A memory to treasure. Delightful Michael.

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    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Keith, it was an interesting time, that has left me with good memories

  5. Moon

    Thanks for sharing this precious memory, Michael.
    I really liked your title too. I had a very sweet Scottish friend named Joyce, who would invite me over for tea. This story reminded me of her.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Moon, sharing tea with good friends is a fine tradition.

  6. James

    “Only the two golden Russian jardinieres by Karl Faberge remained on display to illustrate her true identity.” Poetic.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you James, I do not think that my writing has ever been called poetic.

  7. yarnspinnerr

    Tea was such an institution. Nicely crafted piece.

    1. Michael Humphris

      It certainly was; in some ways we take tea too much for granted. About fifteen years back I was lucky enough to visit and stay at a tea plantation near Kandy in Sri Lanka, it was a magical experience.

  8. Sandra

    Very nicely done, Michael. Made me want to learn more.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Sandra, as a nurse I was lucky enough to meet many interesting people.

  9. pennygadd51

    A straightforward story shrouded in mystery. A Russian Doll of a story. Whatever, you tell it with delightful sensitivity.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Penny.

  10. Susan A Eames

    That was a lovely, gentle story, full of pathos. Well done.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much Susan

  11. Dale

    Such a tender and sweetly sensitive story, Michael.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much Dale

  12. Lynn Love

    I feel there are such depths behind this story – so many more stories to tell. Wonderfully told Michael

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Lynn, I often wish that I could tell more.

      1. Lynn Love

        My pleasure Michael

  13. Varad

    Beautiful memory and a sweet story. Thanks for sharing, Michael.

  14. Edith M. Field

    A very evocative piece of writing. I can picture you and Marfa drinking tea together and sharing each other’s company.

  15. Spicedmullings

    Simple things are often ample, if we know to appreciate them!

  16. granonine

    There is a sense of nostalgia here that is very appealing.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you for such a kind comment

  17. Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

    Hopeful story. Immediately my thoughts flew to Anastasia but I know DNA evidence now doesn’t allow that hope. So many Russians had to escape. Delightful story of love, fading memories and the restorative powers of tea.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Irene,

  18. Sascha Darlington

    Lovely bit of writing. For some reason, I thought about all of the stories that a person could tell if only someone would listen.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Sascha;

  19. anuragbakhshi

    Very mysterious Michael. A connection with royalty is hinted at, but don’t worry, will respect your sentiments and not pester you for more details, even though I want to 🙂

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you for your kind comment. It is appreciated

  20. plaridel

    she must have passed but memories will keep her alive.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you plaridel, history holds so many memories,

  21. Fatima Fakier

    Such a simple scene and I feel it conveyed so much. The sweet fragrant tea makes the Marfa seem just as sweet, and the jardinieres make her true identity so intriguing. And then there’s the fact about your years as a community nurse which has my curiosity piqued 🙂 Lovely story and I feel I miss Marfa too.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Fatima, I was fortunate to work in several differing fields of nursing. I do feel reluctant to write about that time.
      Very occasionally I find ways to share snippets from that time.

      1. Fatima Fakier

        I can understand it must be difficult to write about the suffering you might have witnessed and it’s clear you are protective over your patients still. I look forward to reading more of these snippets.

        1. Michael Humphris

          Thank you Fatima, you are right, once protective always protective

  22. Clare Hempstead

    I would love to know about her past. She seems fascinating!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Clare, I was fortunate to meet her.

  23. patrickprinsloo

    Ah, I suspect you have some good memories about your charges. A moving piece of writing.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Patrick, plus sad memories. It was and is the nature of being a nurse. Very occasionally I feel that it is right to share some of those times, but in a heavily censored format.

  24. Dan Bohn

    Taking the time for tea with a friend,,,,,, we all need to do more of this.

    1. Michael Humphris

      That is true Dan, if more world leaders stopped and regularly took tea with other leaders, “perhaps” we would have more peace in the world

  25. Susie Clevenger (@wingsobutterfly)

    I wonder at the life that came before the tea.. Great writing

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