In discussion regarding what we need to bring to Scotland, we duly noted that the room in the Bed & Breakfast purports to be fitted out with coffee and tea making gear.
I'll bring tea bags, I said.
You don't think they'll have tea in England? he said.
Now, I agree that, for a people who don't even grow their own, the British have a reputation for knowing their tea.
I'm also thinking that we're going to an Island.
A small island.
A very small island, with another island between it and the mainland.
There is a shop on the island, but I figured everything will have to be shipped in - literally!
Having spent a few months working in Banff, I applied the art of living in a society who's income predominantly comes from tourists, to the Isle of Iona.
I suspect that were I to walk into the shop, and should the shop keeper recognize me as a local, the price on the tea would mysteriously halve when it was rung through.
Not being a local, I thought it would be judicious to bring tea along- for the first week, when we're out in the wilds and everything will be pricey.
Now- my husband was a little skeptical- nay, let's be honest. He mocked me.
BUT, as Scotland is the object of our journey, and frugality is the object of my planning, I should think, were it to be discovered that I carried tea, (an object so light in mass as to barely increase the pull on the handle of the suitcase as it wheels over the cobbles) I would be celebrated and venerated by that prudent, penny-wise culture.
Even as I am thinking through the creation of a low- fat, very high fibre square made with extra protein powder with easy portability to safeguard from low sugar episodes while out walking, ( inhale )
I will plan on smuggling a good number of New Brunswick's King Cole Tea bags to Scotland in the suitcase.
Maybe a slim, easy to carry thermos would be in order too... for those long tramps around the island...