I do like winter weather. Well, I qualify that, as we’re just at the beginning of winter and we’ve not had weeks of that grey damp (gets in your bones) weather that we have here in the UK. Today is a bit grey in the south though, but I still love the fact that I can wear my winter coats and hats. I have so many hats and, as most of them are winter hats, they stay in their hat boxes for many months with me knowing they’re there, but unable to wear them.
Just recently this one had an outing.
It’s a large beret (charity shopped, of course), so large that it goes in and out at its brim. Now I know some of you will say, what (!) when I tell you that I wore this to another tea occasion. Why am I not wearing a fascinator? Two reasons: I don’t have any, and I just thought wearing one through the tea was a bit over the top. People, I am not a fashionista, I just like wearing slightly funky clothes, so on went the brown beret.
And yes, what else can you see? It is the only vintage item I possess (bought in a vintage fair approx 3 years ago for £75 – phew. But I think worth it) my faux fur coat.
And I didn’t take any pics of me and my friend during our tea, there’s fine line between being friends and being posey, which I didn’t cross. But here’s a couple of pics of the cakes and the places.
Just a word about these ‘teas’. We shared a tea, as what you get are 3 savoury items. Me, I ate the cucumber sandwich, which was delicious, so much so that I made a plate of cucumber sandwiches the very next day when friends came round to inspect our (finally) finished flat! Then there are usually 2 scones, which were totally great. I often eat scones that are so heavy they sit like lumps of lead in my stomach – these were light and fab. An aside. On a cruise round the fjords of Norway we were served marmalade with our tea and scones. Coughs politely – this was an American cruise line! I kind of recoiled and very tactfully informed the waiters that it was strawberry jam or nothing. But I could see they didn’t know, or even care. As far as they were concerned it was an English tea with marmalade and lump it. OK! Then there were 3 sweet and creamy cakes. And this is meant to be one person’s portion. Thankfully my friend felt the same as me, that half of the one portion was quite sufficient. I don’t and can’t stuff myself with food – feel awful if I do.
Also, and it just shows you how old-fashioned and/or stuck in my ways I am. (I think the latter.) I know this is what you’re meant to expect. But I’d just love, just once, to be served a slice of Dundee cake with my cup of tea. You know that fruit cake that isn’t sweet and sticky, but kind of marmalady. It’s a throwback to my childhood as my mother always made that cake.
Gosh though, we had a great get-together and chat. And look at the place.
I was meeting someone I’ve known for 35 years – good grief! But how important are these friendships. These are people who’ve known us through thick and thin, and many changes in our lives. Our children are now the same age as we were when we first met! And do we still worry about them – these grown children in their 40s? Yes we do!
That’s all for now, but do you have some favourite places you go to, to celebrate friendship? Let me know!
With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper