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Time For Tea With Cath Kidston

Ooooh I am an avid fan of afternoon tea. Yummmy Yummy! So when I discovered Cath Kidston has designed a few items of clothing adorned with teacups and teapots I couldn’t help but gaze at them with lustful longing. I now just need to win the lottery and buy up the whole catalogue. Sigh…….
So here is a post dedicated to some pretty tea party inspired loveliness from Cath Kidston. Enjoy!

Teapot jacquard Cardi £65, perfect to wear for pouring the tea.
Teapot jacquard Cardi £65, perfect to wear for pouring the tea.
Slate blue teatime skirt £40. Love this. :)
Slate blue teatime skirt £40. Love this. 🙂
Hang your keys on a teacup. £6 ( might be able to afford this one.lol)
Hang your keys on a teacup. £6 ( might be able to afford this one.lol)
Painterly rose ceramic cake stand £22
Painterly rose ceramic cake stand £22
provence set of four teacups £30.
provence set of four teacups £30.
Teacups jersey dress £55
Teacups jersey dress £55
Make sure you give me a piece! Bird cake slice server £12.
Make sure you give me a piece! Bird cake slice server £12.
Provence rose cake stand  £30.
Provence rose cake stand £30.
Bird Tea Tin £8
Bird Tea Tin £8
Have your picnic tea spread out over this crochet blanket £75....or get crafty and make your own!
Have your picnic tea spread out over this crochet blanket £75….or get crafty and make your own!
" Daisy tea mugs for that lovely cuppa  £5 ( reduced from £10~ hurrah!)
” Daisy tea mugs for that lovely cuppa £5 ( reduced from £10~ hurrah!)
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2013 In Pics. :)

I am taking inspiration from a lovely blog I have recently started following for this post. Bev from Confuzzledom ( sorry my link not working at mo 😦 ) wrote a great blog entry about all the highlights of her 2013. While I can’t pretend my year has been as well traveled or exciting as Bevs, I thought It would be nice to post a pic ( or two) of something I enjoyed each month. So here is what happened to me in 2013. 🙂

Here is a pic from January. Wil and I had a fab day out in Keswick. It is one of our fave places to visit as there are lots of outdoorsy shops for Wil and really gorgeous scenery.

Derwentwater.
Derwentwater.

In February I started doing my craft fairs again. I make teacup candles and I decided to experiment with making tea cup pincushions. Good old YouTube. 🙂

Teacup Pin Cushions. :)
Teacup Pin Cushions. 🙂

In March my friend Lisa and I did a craft fair at a steam punk inspired Mad Hatters Tea Dance. A bit of a mouthful! Anyway we really enjoyed it and loved the steam punks costumes.

Mad Hatters.
Mad Hatters.
Steam Punks.
Steam Punks.

In April I can’t remember much in particular happening but here is a picture of Jake our labrador taking himself for a walk. 🙂

Jakey.
Jakey.

In May I felt very proud of myself for completing the Blog Every Day In May challenge set up by Elizabeth at Rosalilium I found it pretty hard work posting something every single day but amazingly I managed to do it. Hurrah ! I also took my first ever picture of a heron which was busy fishing in the river ribble.

My Heron shot.

In June we went to Hadrian’s Wall for the first time ever which wasn’t exactly the Great Wall of China but was impressive all the same. My friend Jo celebrated her birthday with a picnic bench afternoon tea which was fabulous. As you know I love cake ( a little to much ! ).

Hadrians Wall.
Hadrians Wall.
A Picnic Bench Afternoon Tea. Yummy !
A Picnic Bench Afternoon Tea. Yummy !

In July we went camping in the Yorkshire Dales with our dooog. 🙂

An extra guest for dinner.
An extra guest for dinner.
Messing about in the river. Can you spot Jake!
Messing about in the river. Can you spot Jake!

In August I had a day out at the seaside with my good friend Becky and her family and I also enjoyed the local food festival in my home town.

Beach Huts :) St Anne's
Beach Huts 🙂 St Anne’s
My God daughter enjoying the festival. :)
My God daughter enjoying the festival. 🙂

September was a great month! My old school friend Arwen got married and I was a bridesmaid which was such an honor. A couple of days after Wil and I jetted off on holiday to Agadir in Morocco.

Arwen and I.
Arwen and I.
Spices in Morocco.
Spices in Morocco.

Had an amazing day out with my niece and nephew at The Forbidden Corner in October. If you ever fancy somewhere a wee bit different to take the kids this place might just be it. 🙂

Not your typical tree. The Forbidden Corner.
Not your typical tree. The Forbidden Corner.

In November I celebrated my big 4 0. Yep i’m now forty which i’m still getting used to. Luckily my friends and family and Wil really made it amazing. Turning 40 was actually a great experience. I’m sure being 40 will be too……….

My sister and I before the guests arrived at my very merry unbirthday party.
My sister and I before the guests arrived at my very merry unbirthday party.
Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas!

2013 has been a pretty good year with family and friends celebrating Big Birthdays, Engagements and Weddings. We have had heartbreak in the form of our OAPs ( OLd Age Pets), we had to say goodbye to my dear little cat Tibbs and Jake our black lab has ailing health. 😦 We did manage to give a home to a mischeivious kitty called Slinky though, who is at this moment pouncing on my feet under the duvet wanting to be fed. I had better get up before they become breakfast!

Slinky Malinki enjoying reading about her namesake. :)
Slinky Malinki enjoying reading about her namesake. 🙂

How was 2013 for you?

A Christmas Picnic Bench Afternoon Tea.

The Garden Kitchen at Holden Clough Nursery.
The Garden Kitchen at Holden Clough Nursery.

I’m feeling very festive. Three of us had a sublime Christmas Picnic at The Garden Kitchen over the weekend. Scrummy scrumptious Afternoon Tea served on a miniature picnic bench. My wonderful work colleagues clubbed together to get me some vouchers for my birthday and I couldn’t wait to book a table. I actually came here in the summer for my friend Jo’s birthday too ( you can read about it here) so I knew we would be in for a treat. 🙂

Our Christmas Picnic.
Our Christmas Picnic.

The Picnic bench came brimming with goodies including festive canapes ( the mini beef yorkshire pud was delish), mini gingerbread men, mincemeat crumble, chocolate Christmas tree crumble and millionaires shortbread.

Me and Sis enjoying our picnic.
Me and Sis enjoying our picnic.

Where else can you sip mulled wine out of a wellie boot but the Garden Kitchen. 🙂

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Mulled Wine served in a wellie boot. :)
Mulled Wine served in a wellie boot. 🙂

The Christmas Picnic Afternoon tea is £19-95 per person and along with the festive food you are served house tea or filter coffee and a glass of bubbly prosecco.

Cute Christmas Display.
Cute Christmas Display.
You can buy your own glass wellie boot to take home as a momento.
You can buy your own glass wellie boot to take home as a momento.

The Garden Kitchen is a fantastic place to go for a catch up over a fun and quirky Afternoon Tea .There is also a Christmas Menu avaliable through December. I’m certainly tempted to go again!

A Picnic Afternoon Tea.

My friend Jo hit on a lovely idea to celebrate her birthday. She had heard about a new tearooms that have opened at Holden Clough Nurseries near Bolton By Bowland. And they prepare an Afternoon Tea with a twist !

A Picnic Bench Afternoon Tea. Yummy !
A Picnic Bench Afternoon Tea. Yummy !

The Garden Kitchen is a newly built tea rooms that serves delicious locally sourced produce in the heart of the Ribble Valley. As it was a sunny day ( hurrah ! ) we decided to sit outside and enjoy the sunshine and pleasing views of pretty flowering plants and shrubs.

The Birthday Girl ready to  tuck in.
The Birthday Girl ready to tuck in.

The Afternoon Tea is served on a mini Picnic bench which really blends in with the charming ambiance of dining out at the nurseries. There are a selection of dainty finger sandwiches,heavenly homemade quiches and of course some truly decadent and divine cakes and desserts, including cute little cupcakes served in plant pots,ravishing rocky road,exquisite eclairs and strawberry milkshake that you sip from a straw out of a dinky pot wellington boot.

Of course as it was a celebration we opted for glasses of something bubbly too as well as pots of tea. 🙂

Ladies that Lunch.
Ladies that Lunch.

After our leisurely lunch we thought we had all better pretend to be gardeners and peruse the plant section ! To Jo’s delight she found an Azalea shrub with her name on it. A Johanna Azalea ! Unfortunately I did not spy any of my namesake ,the Rose of Sharon. I opted for a Sea Holly instead.

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Sea Holly.

The staff were very friendly and attentive and boxed up our leftovers to take home. We had a lovely afternoon. It was a tremendous treat.:)

A Foody break in London.

Today’s topic on the Blog Every Day In May Challenge is Food. Food, Glorious Food! I’m definitely a big fan of eating it. 😉 But cooking is not my forte.So I thought I would write about a few days spent in London house sitting with my friend Becky, which turned into quite a foody holiday. A couple of years ago Becky’s brother had to work away and needed someone to stay in his flat and look after his very affectionate yorkshire terrier ‘Julie’.We were only to happy to oblige and decided we would like to do three things while in our cosmopolitan Capital.Go somewhere posh for Afternoon tea,delight in the food halls of Harrods and dine out at a Michelin star restaurant.Becky was an absolute star and arranged everything.:)
Becky booked our Afternoon tea ( with a twist! ) at the Caramel Room at The Berkeley -Knightsbridge. The fashionista Pret -a-Portea is a sumptuous afternoon tea inspired by the latest London designer fashions.The dainty sandwiches, cakes and desserts are fashioned in on trend styles and colours. The menu is updated every six months to keep up with the most recent fashions.
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We had the champagne Pret-a-Portea which is £49 per person. Our waitress was very attentive and described each of the mouthwatering morsels on our three tier cake stand.It was fun admiring then consuming every victoria sponge handbag and every polka dot pump cake! And so we never ran out of anything our lovely waitress constantly topped up everything.;)
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We really enjoyed the experience as it was both novel and delicious.To book this decadent afternoon tea shimmy down Here.

Not far from The Berkeley is the upmarket department store Harrods.We just had to peruse the amazing food Hall there which is packed full of luxurious food items. We especially loved all the different foreign cuisines and of course we couldn’t leave without purchasing some Lola’s Red Velvet Cup Cakes.:)

On our last but one evening we ate out at Gordon Ramseys Grosvenor Square restaurant Maze..We had decided on the six course taster Menu which we enjoyed tremendously. The contemporary asian/european setting very much added to the ambience of our night.

Lamb with mint jelly.
Lamb with mint jelly.

Crab with herbs and pickle.
Crab with herbs and pickle.

pancotta with strawberry jelly

As you can imagine I must of put on about half a stone on our mini break in London. I would definitely do it again though. Maybe Afternoon Tea at the Ritz next time. 😉

Tea Cocktail Party

It was a friends 30th birthday recently and she decided to celebrate by holding an Afternoon tea style party ….. with a twist : )
Of course there was the usual sumptuous sandwiches cut into triangles, sweet and savoury scones, delicious home made cakes and a cakestand full of yummy cupcakes.

What a spread !

She decorated the house with lovely cath kidston style bunting and she borrowed some beautiful vintage teacups to serve the tea in as well as several teapots.Much to everyone’s delight the tea was actually iced tea cocktails! I had lent her ‘The Vintage Tea Party book’ by Angel Adoree which is packed full of fun ideas on how to create your own Vintage Tea Party.

My favourite tea tipple was ‘The Green Tea & Pear Cocktail’.It is light, refreshing and really delicous. Warning! It is quite lethal! Other heavenly cocktails in the book include ‘Teana Colada’,Tea Tini and Tea-Quila Sunrise.: )

Getting tipsy off Green tea and pear cocktails


Why not put on your tea dress and have a Tea cocktail party yourself!

Afternoon Tea : )

One of my friends decided she would like to go out for afternoon tea when it was her 40th birthday a couple of weeks ago. It was quite a shock ! Are our clubbing days long gone?? Still it was also a fab idea of hers as going out for tea and cake is one of my favourite things ever!

One of the Alice In Wonderland quotes dotted around the tearooms.
One of the ‘Alice In Wonderland’ quotes that are dotted round the tearooms.

We decided to go to our local tearoom , the quirky Alice in Wonderland inspired ‘Callooh Callay’ on Moor Lane in Clitheroe. Jo gave Marian the traditional 40 balloon and we all got down to studying the yummy sounding menu.


Dainty and delicious sandwiches cut into triangles, scones with jam and clotted cream and a selection of scrumptious cupcakes arrived on three tiered cake stands. Yummy. : ) Everything was served in beautiful vintage crockery.

I think we all agreed that afternoon tea was indeed an inspired idea and the Birthday girl and all of us were very impressed.