Morning and afternoon tea are such a big part of each day here that I think tea deserves its very own little post. I knew this from a few visits to England and it quickly became apparent living here in New Zealand as well.
The kids stop everything at 10.30 every day for morning tea while the teachers gather in their lounge for 15 minutes to enjoy theirs en masse. Not everyone drinks tea, but from what I've gathered, most do. Remember the Waitomo Caves photos? The guide brought tea and biscuits (always with biscuits which are actually cookies) out in thermoses into the middle of nowhere! And you'll see in a few more posts that even our kayaking guide had tea, coffee, AND cappuccino provisions packed into his little kayak for all 9 of us. And biscuits of course.
It's such a regular part of the day that every single time we checked into our accommodations while we've been here, we were handed a pint of milk or told that there was already milk in the fridge. The first few times, I just nodded and smiled politely and thought, OK sure, but why? And then I'd carry the little container to our cottage and forget about it. Then I realized -- of course it's for the tea!! And it became my mission to have enough tea at each stop to use a substantial amount of the milk so as not to waste either the milk itself or the host's efforts. I'm really thoughtful like that. Just ask anyone... :o)