I love a bargain. Recently I bought an old style glass sweet jar for £6 in an antique shop in Henley. I was struggling to think about how to use it as it’s really quite big. Then I was looking at some images on Gabrielle’s (The Green Gables) pinterest board & saw the idea to store cake cases in it. Genius! I think it looks so lovely & it means that these lovely pretty cases are out on display instead of being shut away in the cupboard. The image originally came from Such Pretty Things. There are some beautiful images here so I’m sure that I’ll be able to find tons more inspiration here.
I also bought this cute little bowl & a pretty pottery cutlery drainer from a little shop in Little Haven, Pembrokeshire. The shop contains products made locally by local people. The little pink bowl is perfect for holding popcorn, olive oil & balsamic vinegar, smarties…the choices are endless! And it’s really pretty. Lush.
A few weeks ago my OH asked what I wanted to do for my birthday. I didn’t know what I wanted to do for that but I said that I did want to go to Burford Garden Company. After a massive lie in this morning, we headed out in the car to have a look around. I’d heard lots about how lovely it was so I was eager to have a good old mooch about.
I wasn’t disappointed, especially as there was cake! After a look around the huge number of plants that they had, their lovely sheds & summer houses, it was time to cuppa. I had a lovely pot of breakfast tea served in this lovely handmade pottery (They even had soya milk available at no extra change – take that Starbucks!). After much deliberation I went for the Bakewell Tart. It didn’t disappoint. The cafe promoted local & organic ingredients and better yet, there was a separate children’s section. Much appreciated!
Their cafe was a mixture of old & new and it seems that they are really trying to branch out into something like Petersham Nurseries, which is fine with me ‘cos I loved it there! There was a lovely food section, surpassed only by their massive selection of gifts, cards & antiques.
My favourite spot of the afternoon was this beautiful antique till that had the prices in shillings! I know that I will definitely be going back for a load of lovely plants including some tasty herbs and some wonderful roses. I know that I will be taking my Mum & Sister there when they come & visit – they love a good garden centre too!
I think Christmas will warrant another visit too as I imagine that it will have loads of pretty glittery things that will need to be in my home. Phew! Better start putting some dates in the diary!
I’m sure everyone who has a blog will putting something about the Royal Wedding – bunting, parties, THE DRESS etc. But my post is about a very local tradition & a very local cafe. When we moved to Abingdon about a year ago we had no idea about the tradition it had of throwing buns from the top of the town hall on special royal occasions. It wasn’t until we visited the Throwing Buns cafe behind the town hall. Not only were we impressed by the tradition but we were impressed with the food, cake & coffee from the cafe. We’ve been regular visitors from then on.
Therefore it seemed only right that we go there on Friday before 4000 buns were thrown from the town hall to commemorate the royal wedding of Will & Kate on Friday. It was really busy but that didn’t mean that the quality of the food or the service slacked at all. All four of us opted for the cream tea from the special Royal Wedding menu (my mum & sister were visiting for the weekend.)It was really delicious. The scones were nice & light and there was plenty of cream & jam. It was a great way to prepare for the bun throwing. Alas we didn’t catch any buns but it was a great practice for the one next year!
I love Twitter. One of the reasons is because it enables you make contact with local people. Sometimes these people make cupcakes. For example last week @oxfordcupcakes tweeted that she was going to be at the Woodstock Craft Fair. Brilliant, I thought, a great opportunity to eat some lovely looking cakes! So before the weather got too hot my OH & I headed off to Woodstock to buy some Oxford Cupcakes. We weren’t disappointed!
After a quick mooch round the fair, we were directed indoors & there were some of these beautiful cakes. We bought a box of four at £4.50 which I think is very reasonable. We couldn’t wait until we got home so managed to get a seat at the cafe, got some drinks & enjoyed a cake each there & then. These are what are left so far though I don’t expect them to survive the afternoon! They are really delicious. The cake is moist & the decorations are brill – these are some very lovely cupcakes. If you haven’t had the pleasure I’d hop on over to www.oxfordcupcakes.co.uk to get yourself some delivered. Lush!
The other pretty thing I bought there was this incredibly cute elephant made from reused fabric. Stupidly I didn’t pick up their business card, which I always do (bit of a card addict – weird eh?!) Anyway I know they were also at Oxfork so if anyone knows the name of the company then I’d love to include it here. They had a lovely stall, full of reused fabric that had been turned into elephants, owls, cushions, aprons… I could go on! I could spend hundreds of pounds on things like this. The quality of the sewing is brilliant & while I like to think I could make something like it, my sewing skills are nowhere near this standard! A lovely little present for myself at £10 I think it’s lush. Whoever you lovely ladies are, with your pretty stall, thank you!