to stick a Farrow and Ball colour chart in the kitchen to help DH make my cups of tea properly?

(83 Posts)
ConFuschias Mon 05-Oct-09 16:00:00

Now ladies, I do enjoy a nice cup of tea. And as we know there is nothing nicer than having a cup of tea made for you - except for when it is made wrong. Bleurgh!

The colour I like my tea (Earl Grey with just a dash of milk) is akin to F&B Cord.

But when DH makes it he drowns it in milk, and it comes to me looking like a F&B House White. (gnats piss emoticon)

I tried to explain to him how to do it properly, with less milk, but he just ended up stewing it and adding so little milk it looked like F&B Dauphin. hmm

o, as my instructions aren't working, I thought I'd stick the F&B colour chart in the kitchen, with Cord clearly circled. But would that be unreasonable?

ConFuschias Wed 07-Oct-09 10:13:57

I think such people need a Pantone version Apostrophe. Dulux is too confusing - far too many shades.

ConFuschias Wed 07-Oct-09 10:13:56

I think such people need a Pantone version Apostrophe. Dulux is too confusing - far too many shades.

apostropheisback Wed 07-Oct-09 09:20:58

is there a dulux version of this thread running in a parallel universe for those of us whose partners over- or under-milk their pg tips?

ConFuschias Wed 07-Oct-09 09:08:33

Ali, I'd be very grateful but couldn't drink it!

alibubbles Wed 07-Oct-09 08:57:26

Definitely one for the round up this week, it made me laugh out loud when I saw the title.

I am so grateful if anyone makes me a cup of tea, that I will generally drink it, even without sugar, as no one ever seems to have it in the house these days!

ConFuschias, how would you could with the cup of tea that DH so thoughtfully puts beside you at 5.45 am when he is off on the Eurostar away the week, every week, take a great slug and all you can taste is his aftershave from his hands that he has just applied before going out of the door! I love him dearly!

Con - now that's what I like, blame the MIL grin

ConFuschias Tue 06-Oct-09 21:18:14

Pfft - your DH is indeed a feckless arse in that case

Mind you, it sounds like it was a trait passed down from his mother

fanjolina Tue 06-Oct-09 19:39:13

brilliant thread! I like normal tea, not poncey Earl Grey - Farrow & Ball Sand colour will do me nicely

Thing is, I'm not even that fussy. As long as it doesn't look like a brick wall or dishwater I don't really mind how it looks. So it's not like I have exacting standards....<sigh>

Bettymum Tue 06-Oct-09 14:51:00

skyblue I think peely-wally is Scottish too, it's a great word.
Just enjoying a mug of Pantone 16-1327. Mmm perfect.

PixiNanny Tue 06-Oct-09 14:13:23

Haha, I was going to link you to the 'MyCuppa' mugs too, I'm getting a coffee one for my partner at Christmas

EdgarAllenPoo Tue 06-Oct-09 14:03:39

i like my tea in 'milk chocolate' - possibly i could put a cadburys bar in the kitchen for DH to match it...

there's a flaw in that plan, but I just can't work out what it is.

loving your work OP.

ConFuschias Tue 06-Oct-09 13:57:03

I'm liking that you had a system babyicebean, but it's not very visual - and would confuse the hell out of my DH!

babyicebean Tue 06-Oct-09 13:55:16

We used to use a map of the UK for making tea,

Boss liked his Glasgow or Edinburgh which was almost no milk

I was about Leeds - less strong but still strong

The PA liked hers about Birmingham

And so on till you got to a rep who liked his on the Isle of Wight - you made the tea and opened the tea bag box so the milk could see a tea bag I think he would have drunk warm milk.

The further north you were depended on how strong - it was to do with the amount of daylight hours.It was a very odd place to work.

ConFuschias Tue 06-Oct-09 13:40:23

I will take your recommendation and add Archive to the acceptable list Merrylegs.

I think that giving him more colours within the acceptable range should make the task a little less challenging for him!

Merrylegs Tue 06-Oct-09 13:33:32

ConFuschias, I have just made myself a cup of Archive, and TBH it is Not Bad. Sensing we are probably in the same 'mug', colour palette wise, may I suggest you add it to your list of acceptability. Or do you think too much choice is a Bad Thing? Will it only confuse?

ConFuschias Tue 06-Oct-09 13:27:13

I thought it was a Scottish phrase. Interesting that it's used in Sth Africa too.

skybluewinking Tue 06-Oct-09 13:19:08

Peely-wally: I love this description,but until now have only ever heard my mum use it. I thought it was a 1940s South African thing, will now work it into every conversation I can!

ConFuschias Tue 06-Oct-09 13:15:16

yep, that just about sums me up vacaloca grin

vacaloca Tue 06-Oct-09 13:11:21

If someone asked me to describe MN for them, I would just show them this OP - poncey, middle-class, moany, witty and very funny.

ConFuschias Tue 06-Oct-09 13:00:17

I agree Pfft. I have more self-worth than that. grin

It's like if each Christmas DH repeatedly bought me a perfume that I didn't like. And I kept telling him I would like different ones. Well after a few years of keeping getting the same unwanted present, you would get annoyed, and more directive, wouldn't you?

'Tis no different with the tea.

I'm really not at all impressed with this idea that just because someone makes you something, you have to be grateful. Just because my DH deigns to make me a cuppa does not mean I have to be so pathetically grateful that I should drink it even if it tastes like shit hmm

ConFuschias Tue 06-Oct-09 12:22:51

Trillian - you are my kind of tea drinker!

Merryleggs - Wimborne White shock. That is worse than my DH makes it.

I could drink mine Savage Ground colour though.

To show how tolerant I am, I think I will give the following directions to DH:

Preference: Cord
Acceptable: Savage Ground, String, Matchstick, Fawn, Buff

I still fear though that the best I am going to get from him is Cream

Pikelit Tue 06-Oct-09 12:12:12

PS. But just the thought of a refreshing brew is sending me downstairs for a cup of 4635C

Pikelit Tue 06-Oct-09 11:59:25

Disregarding the fact that this is the pisstake of the day (and jolly good too!) I'm afraid that we have no time for Farrow & Ball colour charts round here. I once caught dp making free in the kitchen with Laura Ashley and her duck-egg blue but soon sorted him out and put him on the righteous path to Pantone.

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