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

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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?

GentleOtter Mon 05-Oct-09 16:03:18

YANBU and I think this is one of the funniest things I've read on mn for ages. grin

PfftTheMagicDragon Mon 05-Oct-09 16:03:21


It could be worse. I like a cord coloured cup of tea. I often get something akin to a London Clay, sometimes with the tea bag still in it at the bottom.

TheHeadlessWombat Mon 05-Oct-09 16:04:27

No need. Get him this instead.

Guimauve Mon 05-Oct-09 16:04:28 This might help!]]

Guimauve Mon 05-Oct-09 16:05:15

Ha! And I buggered up the link!

OnlyQuoteMeInTheTelegraph Mon 05-Oct-09 16:05:22

Oh what a wonderful idea grin but now I want one of those mugs too!

TheHeadlessWombat Mon 05-Oct-09 16:05:39

Though Earl Grey is pretty disgusting regardless of how dark the tea is.

claricebeansmum Mon 05-Oct-09 16:06:35

What a brilliant mug.

ConFuschias Mon 05-Oct-09 16:09:08

Pft - London Clay? Bleurgh!!

Wombat & Guimauve, that mug would be useful if they did an Earl Grey version, but alas none of those shades equate to how I like my tea.

ConFuschias Mon 05-Oct-09 16:10:43

<<goes off to phone F&B to see if they will make a version of that mug to suit Earl Grey drinkers>>

GentleOtter Mon 05-Oct-09 16:12:17

Why is he not bringing you a proper tray with milk jug , china cup and teapot?

Guimauve Mon 05-Oct-09 16:16:27

It's true, EG does have it's own colour scale - pale even when strong. Is DH an Earl Grey novice, used only to making PG?

Guimauve Mon 05-Oct-09 16:17:18

I'm sorry, I do believe there was an erroneous apostrophe there!

GibbonInARibbon Mon 05-Oct-09 16:18:31

Earl Grey with milk? yuck!

However if this is how you like your tea grin YANBU

ConFuschias Mon 05-Oct-09 16:23:17

Guim (may I call you that? Although it does make me think of quim blush), DH always used to be an Earl Grey drinker but has now defected to PG Tips. Or rather, a PG Tips tea bag dunked in some milk, such is the peely-wally way he favours it.

GentleOtter - that would involve work for me! Having to pour things myself. No, I want to train him so that I have a lovely hot ready-to-drink mug handed to me, just how I like it.

PfftTheMagicDragon Mon 05-Oct-09 16:31:18

London CLay is nothing on how MIL makes it - she brought me a cup once and I had to spit it back into the cup it was so strong. I've not had an undrinkable cup of tea before.

I do sometimes wonder if DH is trying to ruin tes for me.

Bettymum Mon 05-Oct-09 16:38:17

Hee hee I want one of those mugs.
I had a suspicious peely-wally cup of tea brought to me by DH yesterday. It turned out to be Earl Grey with milk. No! Earl Grey is always drunk black! I have Tetleys with milk added to look more or less like Charleston Grey (which isn't very grey).

PuppyMonkey Mon 05-Oct-09 16:39:07

YABU to drink Earl Gray, vile flowery, perfumey horrible stuff. Vom.

I asked for tea after a meal in a posh restaurant the other week (hate coffee too) and they gave me farking EARL GREY.. Without even warning me or asking me. I made them go back and do it again with Tetley or similar.

I do, however, make perfect Earl Grey tea for others. With just a drop of milk. It's not rocket science (it's far more important than that).

Guimauve Mon 05-Oct-09 16:39:44

Oh dear, lol-ed and scared the baby at quim! Perhaps just Gui....grin - your DH sounds like he doesn't deserve tea. At least he puts the teabag in the cup, and doesn't just show it the kettle!

Could it be as Pfft says - he is trying to ruin tea for you, so as not to have to make it?

Pfft - my best-friend's Mum's tea (phew) is much the same. "Just a leetle more milk please....perhaps just a teensy bit more...." - you have to ask for 'baby tea' to get a reasonable cup!

retiredgoth2 Mon 05-Oct-09 16:50:04

I had always believed Farrow and Ball to be a zany comedy duo who split when one of them found God.

It seems that I was mistaken.

GibbonInARibbon Mon 05-Oct-09 16:53:46

ROFL @ retiredgoth - oh how I do love your name...every time I see it I start singing sisters of mercy songs.

ConFuschias Mon 05-Oct-09 17:29:49

<<sings: and the devil in a black dress watches over>>

NestaFiesta Mon 05-Oct-09 17:31:54

Are you joking OP? I'm grateful when anybody makes me a cup of tea, whether its to my standards or not. I'm going to assume you're joking and give you the benefit of the doubt.

Thought- if you need a colour chart so he makes your tea to such exacting standards- what the hell is your sex life like? Do you have a whiteboard and a pie chart in the bedroom?

runnyhabbit Mon 05-Oct-09 17:34:14


Yanbu. Dh uses a colour chart when he's making a brew in work. Pinned up on the wall, with everyones name next to the colour they likegrin

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