go on, go on, go on, go on, go on, go on

when i blew up the kettle
This is a true story about when I blew up the kettle (accidentally) when I was nine. Probably long forgotten by everyone else, but something I remember every time I plug the kettle in. I drew this, my kettle and tea-making equipment, here in my kitchen in Davis, and it is part of the Pence Gallery’s ‘Teapot’ show, being displayed until the end of December upstairs at the Pence (D st, Davis: visit www.pencegallery.org for details). I do love a good cuppa tea. I don’t use a teapot (no point unless there’s a few of you) and I don’t do none of your fancy nonsense, just a working class cup of tea, thank you, lovely. Fortunately I can get my normal teabags here in America, so I can have my typical four or five cups a day. I would not have lasted long here otherwise. I remember being nonplussed when my American mother-in-law first came to England and remarked at how cute our little ‘tea station’ was (it was the kettle and jar of teabags), now I live here I know it’s not actually typical to have an electric kettle in every single household- in Britain and Ireland it’s so essential, we get a kettle before we get a bed or a roof or anything. A cuppa tea back home is a language we all understand. I won’t drink anyone else’s tea here in California either, not even in cafes, I only drink my own tea, made at home, perfect and unbeatable in every way. And when I discovered you can get chocolate Hobnobs here in Davis, well my cuppa tea experience moved a little closer to perfection. Now I’m just waiting for my son to get old enough, and that’ll be his job, just as it was mine. Hopefully, of course, he won’t blow up the kettle.

10 thoughts on “go on, go on, go on, go on, go on, go on

  1. The Green Study says:

    We have an electric kettle. I’m first generation American and my mother is British, so I was raised on the mantra that black tea with milk and sugar could cure anything. My husband is from a Scandinavian family. They drink black coffee for every occasion. There’s a lot of caffeine in our household! Love the drawing and story!

  2. Jason Pearlman says:

    Never blew up a kettle, but my kids have broken two of my French Presses (finally got smart and bought an aluminum one!). Great drawing; is the coffee rendered with the brown pen or actual coffee?

  3. redharparts says:

    Very nice drawing and I enjoyed the story. I spent a year and some in England. As a result, I do have an electric kettle. What is your brand of tea? We are lately partial to PG Tips. I agree, no fancy flavors.

  4. Linda Daily says:

    I love this Pete,the story is great. Having had a British Mum,I am a big tea drinker and so is my husband. I agree,can’t stand herbal stuff or flavored teas.However,we do not have an electric kettle but a lovely kettle from Williams-Sonoma(25th Anniv.) that is from B’ham,just like my Mum!
    Wish I could see the show at the Pence!

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