My day in cups of tea

PER­FUMER TANYA KUZNETSOVA, OF RAVEN­SCOURT APOTHE­CARY, TELLS US ABOUT HER DAY IN CUPPAS

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Morn­ing! Are you ris­ing and shin­ing? I’m not a morn­ing per­son, so I try to ease into it. I like to start my day with black cof­fee. And where can we find you? I live in ru­ral Devon in a barn con­ver­sion cot­tage. Its in­te­rior is Scan­di­na­vian-in­spired: lots of white and nat­u­ral wood. I work from home, in my tiny loft of­fice. It’s dec­o­rated with fairy lights, which makes it bright and cosy. Sounds lovely. Tell us a lit­tle about your work? My daily tasks vary. Some­times I make batches of my nat­u­ral per­fumes. Two or three times a week I walk to the post of­fice in the vil­lage to drop off or­ders. I take the scenic route, through fields and along­side a bab­bling brook. Walking has made us hun­gry. What’s for lunch? My hus­band and I are both ve­gan; I fol­low @min­i­mal­ist­baker on In­sta­gram for in­spi­ra­tion. I also bake my own sour­dough, so of­ten lunch is a hearty veg­etable soup with a slice or two of still-warm bread. Are you a keen In­sta­gram­mer? Most of my time is spent on our cat’s ac­count, @berg­amot.the.cat. It’s a wel­come dis­trac­tion. Berg­amot? Sounds like there’s a tea link there… Yes, it’s be­cause my hus­band and I love earl grey so much. We drink var­i­ous loose leaf teas: black, green, rooi­bos and her­bal. I never add milk or sugar, but I do en­joy a slice of le­mon in black tea. Do you have a favourite mug to drink from? It’s a white ce­ramic vin­tage mug with a raised flo­ral pat­tern. It was sit­ting aban­doned on the bal­cony of the apart­ment where my hus­band and I lived in Dublin. Now I drink from it every day. Bed­time: what’s your last cup of the day? Re­cently, I’ve been en­joy­ing a her­bal tea based on ver­bena, liquorice and turmeric. I also of­ten make tea with spearmint, fresh from our garden.

TANYA KUZNETSOVA lives in Devon and, as the force be­hind Raven­scourt Apothe­cary, cre­ates nat­u­ral per­fumes for tea and book lovers. Her sim­ple thing is the crack­ling of a bon­fire on a sum­mer night. raven­scour­tapothe­cary.com

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