An Afternoon of Tea and Cake is a regular feature where I chat with other bloggers, to find out their thoughts and experiences on all the subjects that I cover on my blog.
Today we meet up with Jenny from The Chronic Traveller.
Tell us about your blog Jenny
The Chronic Traveller is a travel blog with a focus on chronic illness. I write about my travels with Ulcerative Colitis as well as give general tips and advice for travelling with a chronic illness. My main blogging goal is to create a useful, fun resource, and connect with other people who have a chronic illness.
Let’s get the important stuff out the way first. What is your favourite brand of tea and how do you take it?
Earl Grey tea definitely. I don’t really care about the brand so much, but Fortnum and Masons do an amazing smokey Earl Grey blend that I buy when I have the chance.
Argh, this is hard! At the moment probably baked cheesecake. I live in Barcelona and baked cheesecake is really popular here so there are all kinds of different varieties available. No recipe sorry. I never seem to get a functioning oven in my rented flats, so I consume only.
If you could have a celebrity afternoon tea, who would you invite and why?
Can I have Deborah Francis White from the Guilty Feminist podcast? She’s not a huge celebrity. But, she seems really friendly, and I think we’d have a good chat over tea about feminism, and coats.
What do you do to soothe or lift your soul?
I read. I practically inhale books as a way of soothing myself. All kinds. At the moment I’m reading ghost stories for October.
Also, pilates. I’ve really gotten into pilates as a way of combating my joint problems.
Do you like crafts, upcycling or DIY?
Yes. I’m really into textiles – embroidery, crochet, quilting, all kinds. My mother was a textile teacher and artist so I grew up surrounded by beautiful things, and was encouraged to create playfully. At the moment I’m really into fabric printing. It makes quite the mess! I constantly have brightly coloured fingers.
I’ve also started bullet journaling this year. The part I love most is decorating the journal. I love to sketch, paint and doodle.
Where is your favourite travel destination and why? Or even your dream destination?
I have SO MANY dream destinations. I want to go to Peru and Antarctica the most at the moment probably. One of my best friends is from Peru and it just looks amazing – especially the fabric weaving they do over there. And I want to go to Antarctica to see the penguins.
One of my favourite places that I’ve been is Uganda. The animals you can see there are wonderful. Have a read of the gorilla trekking trip I did.
What sort of books or mags do you read?
I read ALL THE BOOKS. Seriously. One that I read recently that I really enjoyed was The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill. It’s a reimagining of The Little Mermaid. I love fairytales.
Do you have any health tips or experiences that you would like to share?
I have a mental health tip. Make sure you do something physical every day. Even if it’s something simple like unloading the dishwasher, a small walk around the block, or some simple stretches. My chronic illness makes it difficult to be as physically active as I would like a lot of the time. It can have a negative impact on my mental health as well. Doing a small physical activity makes a big difference.
And finally, what’s your favourite post or category on Tea and Cake for the Soul and why?
I like your Days Out & Travel category. I’m always on the lookout for good places for a day trip so this is a great category for me.
* Read posts from other guests who’ve visited for An Afternoon of Tea and Cake for the Soul.