Tea with Gooseberry Crumble

Baking fragrance leaps to the nostrils

As friends meet in the tea-room

White scrubbed floors and wooden furniture

Clotted cream and choices of pastry

Tablecloths and heather decorations

Contrast the rugged hills and the sea.

Ever present the algae and crustaceans

Mingle their salty savour with 

The sweetness of confections inside

Black tea exudes aroma and warmth

All is still regardless of ticking clocks.

The gooseberry crumble melts away

While sweethearts and travellers rest.

Such afternoons bring blessings

As the waitress assures comfort to

One and all

Here the time is still in joint

No one must set it right

From ‘Ireland’


©HMH, 2013







4 responses to “Tea with Gooseberry Crumble”

  1. Anna Arrigo avatar
    Anna Arrigo


    1. Hanne H avatar
      Hanne H

      Thank you, Anna! 💖

  2. Debi Ennis Binder avatar

    Yummy, I can taste the sweet crumble and smell the sea! So very evocative, Hanne. Thank you!

    1. Hanne H avatar
      Hanne H

      Thank you, Debi! It was a highlight of my hike around the Ring of Kerry. One of the best holidays I ever had. 🥰

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