Welcome to Cup of Tea and a Bex. Field notes from my quest to live a calm, collected and creative life.
Life is so busy these days, isn’t it? And our heads are always so full. This is a place to share my attempts to calm the noise, set intentions and find time to make and create the little things that bring me comfort, whether that’s a pretty photograph, a hand-written letter or a really good cup of tea.
If you are looking for inspiration, encouragement and support to live a calmer and more creative life – you’re in the right place. And if you just love Instagram and want hashtag inspiration and photo talk, you’ll love it too.
Thanks so much for stopping by.
Why is your blog called Cup of Tea and a Bex?
My best friend when I was 12 came up with my nickname, Bex; spelling and all. On moving to Oz, I discovered Bex was also the brand name of a highly-addictive painkiller, much-used by 50s and 60s housewives of Australia. If they were having a bad day, the ads urged them to have a cup of tea, a Bex and a good lie-down. Bex powders are no longer available, but cups of tea and lie-downs are.
So where are you from again?
I live with my family in Sydney, Australia, but I was born and bred in the English countryside. I’m technically an Australian, with a passport and citizenship certificate to my name, but I sound very English, even after 12 years Down Under, and the UK will always be ‘home’.
You had a baby in China? Really?
Yes, my little boy was born while we were living in Beijing. (He’s got two passports, Australian and British, and a Chinese birth certificate). You can read more about having a baby in Beijing here.
Are you a proper writer?
I am a writer, a reader and a born story-teller. When I was a little girl I loved to make up stories and invent other worlds. Then I grew up and became a journalist and started ‘telling stories’ for a living.
I’ve been a journalist for more than 15 years now, and I specialise in health and medical reporting. (I can say familial hypercholesterolaemia without batting an eyelid. Impressed? I thought so). Find out more at www.bexjenkins.com. If you’d like to work together, email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Just lately another form of story-telling has caught my eye – photography. I’ve become a little obsessed with taking pictures and sharing them Instagram. I love learning about it all. Putting the words and pictures together to tell little stories is a magical thing.
Does anyone read this blog?
Can I reproduce your stories and your photos?
You are welcome to use one photo with credit to Bex Jenkins/Cup of Tea and a Bex and a link back to this blog. Please email me for permission if you’d like to use my words or further images.