We accommodate foreign language students from time to time ... and a few weeks ago we had a lovely Japanese lady staying. Quite often when they arrive they bring gifts ... which she did! The gifts are usually a small insight into Japanese culture ... which is lovely! Anyways ... she handed me a green box ... about the size of a box of tea bags and said "Green Tea". I placed the box by the Tea Bags and told her to help herself! Well ... the two weeks went by and she appeared to prefer English Tea so the box remained unopened and then she went home!
On Sunday ... just gone ... I had a new Japanese student arrive ... this time a young man ... only 17 ... he bought a letter with him from his parents. They stated that things were difficult in Japan and they had considered not sending him ... but thought Cambridge would be a rest away from the troubles and would I take good care of him! Well ... at that point ... every maternal instinct in my being took over ... and when he got up for breakfast the next day ... I thought I would make him feel right at home! He sits down at the table and I ask him what he would like to accompany his breakfast by way of liquid refreshment! The moment I asked ... I got all excited because I was in a position to offer him Japanese Green Tea! He looked delighted ... so I showed him the box and asked him how I make it ... he is very shy ... so he shrugged his shoulders!
I then opened said box ... thinking ... it can't be that difficult ... and instead of finding Tea Bags ... there was flat papery looking wafer jobbies ... green ... and I thought ... oh ... you must just add hot water. So that is what I did! To be honest ... it did n't look very appetising ... so I made him a cup of English tea as well... the cup of Japanese Green Tea remained untouched!!
After breakfast ... I showed him the box and said ... perhaps you could translate the words and next time I will make it properly! He turned to me and said ... "This is not a drink ... this is a snack!" Oh My Giddy Aunt ... I had only gone and given the poor boy a cup of hot water with the equivalent of a potato chip floating in it! Whatever will his mother say!
As for the tag ... well this is my entry for the new Studio L3 challenge ... Grungy Mondays! I did use all the techniques that Lord Tim of Holtz used ... you just can't see the masking very well! You know Tim ... the man that can read every packet in every language while on life saving missions to rescue small kitty's from precarious positions in trees and the like with just a star charm and a stamped letter "T". LOVE my new Dyan Reaveley wing stamp by the way!
Hopefully you have now stopped laughing ... erm ... at me ... I might add ... tell me the daftest thing you have dome all week ... go on ... you know you want too!