My day in cups of tea


The Simple Things - - LIVING - LISA SMITH is the founder of the cake bak­ery Ginger Bak­ers, based in the Lake District. Her sim­ple thing is swim­ming, prefer­ably in one of the beau­ti­ful lo­cal lakes. gin­ger­bak­

Good morn­ing. Too early for a cuppa?

Never! The very first thing I do is go down­stairs and put the ket­tle on. Some­times, if I’m lucky and my hus­band is up be­fore me, I get a cup brought to me in bed – heaven!

A smash­ing start to the day. What’s next?

I’ll make sure ev­ery­one is up. I have two chil­dren – both with fab­u­lous red hair, hence Ginger Bak­ers. Then it’s off to the bak­ery. I started the busi­ness from my kitchen 12 years ago, but we’re now in a pur­pose-built bak­ery out­side Ken­dal, where we look out onto hills filled with sheep. The work­ing day starts at 8am, and soon after we all ar­rive the ket­tle goes on for morn­ing cof­fee.

And what goes on at the bak­ery?

I’m mainly of­fice based these days, and morn­ings flow into after­noons un­no­ticed. What does de­fine an af­ter­noon is our rou­tine of a cup of tea at 2.15pm – one of our team can’t func­tion with­out one. We also need a cup of tea to go with our cake test­ing – it’s a tough job!

How do you take your tea?

We all have our pref­er­ences here. There’s of­ten an ar­ray of shades. We could cre­ate our own tea colour chart! I’m in the mid­dle some­where.

When do you fin­ish for the day?

It’s usu­ally de­ter­mined by end-of-day de­liv­er­ies. With a fan­tas­tic team work­ing in the bak­ery, I’m no longer spend­ing late nights with the mixer.

Now that you’re no longer hang­ing out with the mixer, what do you do in your spare time?

A friend and I chal­lenged our­selves to swim all the lakes and tarns in the Lake District with­out wet­suits. But ear­lier this year I was di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer and I’m now un­der­go­ing chemo­ther­apy, which has pre­vented me swim­ming. But I’ll be cel­e­brat­ing treat­ment fin­ish­ing with a lake swim – I can’t wait!

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