The first of the season

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I’m loathe to tell you what to do because you’ve been so awfully nice to me but may I put the bossy boots on for just a smidgen? I know I can’t guarantee you’ll take my advice but all I can do is lead the horse to (hot) water.

Today’s tip is coming straight from this horse’s mouth. In other words, this post isn’t sponsored folks.

Pens poised please. Take note.

Get yourself a thermos.

I’ve just enjoyed my first of the season and good golly Miss Molly, it was sublime. There’s something so righteously retro about transporting a flask of hot fluid with its very own inbuilt teeny tiny cup.

My cup first runneth over when I lived in Cambridge in winter. I worked at a uni for a few months and the gardens were so magnificent that I took to arriving at work a tad early, just so I could have a leisurely cuppa kerbside. I did a fair bit of daydreaming and drank the home brew in lieu of squandering my tight traveller’s budget.

To be fair, a thermos isn’t a big investment but it is a down payment on a bit of a slow down. Sure, it’s a sandwich short of a picnic but at least it will give you a few minutes of cosy calm, right in the palm of your hand.

What do you do for an instant slow down/calm down?

Linking up today with Essentially Jess for I Blog On Tuesdays.

20 Comments

  • Reply May 19, 2015

    merilyn

    I love your way with words tonia! … and your way of thinking!
    we are in permanently slow down mode here! … I say what is the rush!
    people miss out on soo much!
    it’s all in the choices! … I like to bandy that about!
    as you can tell I’m from the old school!
    I love a picnic with a thermos! … take our chairs, but perhaps buy some chips!
    which is exactly what we did on sunday!
    but once when we flew to Sydney and had a trip to pt stephens
    we took our thermos with us! can’t believe we did that!
    we knew that many days would involve picnics! … lovely!
    enjoy your time! love m:)X

    • Reply May 19, 2015

      Tonia

      Oh Merilyn, now you’ve got me dreaming of hot chips! Your Sunday picnic sounds so lovely (as does that Pt Stephens trip). Glad to know you’re a thermos devotee too. Thanks for your lovely words xx

  • How gorgeous is your thermos. I’m not sure I have a plan of attack that works for an instant slow down/calm down but a cup of nicely brewed tea would be up there on my list.

    • Reply May 19, 2015

      Tonia

      Thanks Raychael; I’ve had dozens of thermoses over the years but this one is certainly a favourite. Hope you read this post with a relaxing cuppa in hand – sounds like you’ve been pretty busy of late (p.s. loved hearing about your Melbourne trip).

  • I love my thermos, it definitely comes in handy. I just love that I can fill it with steaming hot coffee before I leave for Tafe in the morning and then have a cup of still-hot coffee in my lunch break later on. It’s the best.

    Reading is always my perfect thing for slowing myself down. It’s why I make a point of reading every night before bed, even if it’s just 10 minutes, it helps me to relax and switch off from the day.

    • Reply May 19, 2015

      Tonia

      Ditto Kylie! I also read to help me unwind at the end of a long day. Glad to hear you’re a thermos aficionado too.

  • I sometimes give my kids hot soup for lunch at school which they take in a thermos! Works well.

    • Reply May 19, 2015

      Tonia

      Can you believe I’ve not actually tried that Ingrid? Up until now, it’s been all tea for me. Good idea. I might give that a go for a work lunch later in the week.

  • What a gorgeous thermos. I have always wanted to get one, just like this, but I have never been able to justify it because I don’t think I’d get the use out of it.

    • Reply May 19, 2015

      Tonia

      Trust me Malinda, once you climb on board the thermos train, you’ll be so glad you did. Ingrid (above) suggested using it for soups too, so I’m going to give that a go later in the week. Thanks for popping by the blog.

  • Reply May 19, 2015

    Laney@thelaneyfiles

    That thermos is gorgeous! Very tempting!

    • Reply May 19, 2015

      Tonia

      It really does make for a cute and cosy cuppa, I promise!

  • Reply May 19, 2015

    Kathy

    I love how the thermos delivers more than one cup, so you have to take longer drinking it. Beats one of those luke warm cafe-bought cups that are cold by the bottom. Ah,the steam rising, memories of picnics past, winter in a cup (or thermos). Love it – thanks for your evoking words.

    • Reply May 19, 2015

      Tonia

      Oh Kathy, you’re so right. Slow and steady wins the thermos race! I just love winter and all its sweet little accessories. x

  • I don’t think I know what slow down is! And trust me, it’s impacted on my mood and stress levels. I do love the idea of a thermos…I used to think of carrying coffee in one but well, never got around to it. You’ve given me some ideas!

    • Reply May 19, 2015

      Tonia

      Sounds like your days are pretty packed, Sanch. A little thermos coffee break might do wonders for you this winter! Glad I’ve given you some food (and drink) for thought x

  • Reply May 20, 2015

    EssentiallyJess

    I was just thinking how I will keep warm at footy tonight, and this seems the perfect solution!! I need a thermos!

    • Reply May 20, 2015

      Tonia

      Ah yes, the footy and the thermos – perfect match!

  • Reply May 21, 2015

    Renee Wilson

    My husband has a thermos and I’m quite jealous of it, just quietly. I don’t drink coffee, but you know what? If I had one I’d put a delicious hot milo in there. Oh yes indeed I would. Meanwhile, lucky you working in Cambridge. It’s a beautiful place.

    • Reply May 21, 2015

      Tonia

      I’m thinking you guys need to become a two-thermos household! After all, you’ve got lots of Milo toasting to do; your birthday, your blog’s birthday…the list goes on. x

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