Take Two: PEAK DISTRICT DOWN TO A TEA

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Remember Birdhouse Tea Company?

Of course you do. This is the Halfway mum and daughter, featured on this page in January, who take tea leaves and mix them into brews inspired by Sheffield locations. Kelham Island is strong and smoky, while Botanical Gardens is flowery and well-scented.

The idea proved so popular, they sent one order to...China. And after the pair appeared in The Diary, things have gone even more s-mashing for them. So well in fact they now plan to bring out a range inspired by the Peak District.

There’ll be White Peak (white tea and peppermint), The Edge (spices and mint to represent the stunning moors), Blue John (a tribute to the mineral made with blue petals), and a Bakewell tart-inspired recipe made with almonds and raspberry.

Phew. Put the kettle on.

TEA DE FRANCE

They’re also doing a brew inspired by the Tour de France. The tea – called Yorkshire: The Second Stage – will be a black drink with lemon peel and marigold petals to signify the famous yellow jersey.

POOL THE OTHER ONE

A press release arrives from the Sheffield Institute Of Art describing an upcoming exhibition.

“This new commission,” it reads, “sees the gallery transformed into a waterless swimming pool.”

A waterless swimming pool? So, er, not a swimming pool at all, then?

A POINT ON PINTS

Similar in a way to one of the attractions at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin.

There, visitors are told they will see the “world’s largest pint glass”. It’s not a pint. And it’s not made of glass.