Afternoon Tea


I hope you are all ok in Blogland. I am so sorry I have not typed my blog for so long. I have been a bit busy making for Craft Fairs at a National Trust, Upton House and a Sunday Craft Fair in the Cotswolds. I have chatted to lots of interesting people and had a lot of feedback about my makes, mostly positive though someone didn’t like my eyeless crocheted lavender mice on my stall. I have become a stockist of Sam Wilson goods and my lovely supportive husband has set up a new website for me.

We decided after all the manic few weeks we would take up the offer of an afternoon tea in the Cotswolds from two of our oldest friends. We should have gone a year ago, but as usual we left it to the last minute. The children have finished their Alevels and GCSEs respectively, so we just wanted a bit of us time.

We set off early and arrived at Hidcote House which we have been to before, but never in the sunshine it was so pretty and we spent an hour and a half walking around the garden.

We then got in the car and had a ride into Chipping Campden and of course I had to stop at the Sam Wilson shop there, I wouldn’t sell anything I didn’t love would I.

I was then dragged to the car (my husband hates shopping)  as we were running out of time for our Afternoon tea, we were both starving and we were not disappointed with our late lunch.

Spring is Coming

Well January went in a blur and my pins are out. My feet have been sore as I learn how to walk again, but I am back in the real world. Work, shopping, stroppy teenagers and a tired husband. 2018 has been a year of change already, my husband has started his new job. My son has passed his driving test and my daughter is getting ready for her exams.

We decided to go to Stratford Upon Avon as my daughter needed so much ingredients for her Food Technology practical exam. We started with a coffee and look how my husband’s milk came out -valentine froth.


We looked around the shops and then as the weather was so cold and miserable Simon treated Carly and I to lunch. We went into the Four Teas, a 1940’s themed café. I had soup and granary bread, but my daughter must have been peckish, because she had a sausage sandwich on white bread, a warm cheese scone and this.

That was Saturday, then Sunday Carly was up with the lark, practising her food tech. We had homemade pasta with goats cheese and sweet potato, panacotta and small pastry desserts.

She did a great job, didn’t she. It did mean that my husband and I had to go out again and get more ingredients for her practical cooking test at school.

We had a small walk around Draycote Water, as I am building up to doing our usual weekend 5K walk.

The sun was out, but it was very cold. The boats were out and people were jogging and walking around the Reservoir.

As you can see Spring will be here soon and I cannot wait. I am definitely a sunshine person, a sit by the fire person. I really hate being too cold.

We did have to stop off for wool and a hot milk Americano at Tofts shop Dunchurch. That is a recipe for getting warm again right. !