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My tea shop’s menu

Published April 30, 2013 by Kat

Lunch
Served 10am – 2pm daily

Soup of the day: French onion, vichyssoise, borscht, shrimp bisque, cream of chicken, gazpacho

Salads
Green leaf lettuce with whole wheat rotini, walnuts, yellow grape tomatoes, garlic dressing
Baby greens with strawberries and fried goat cheese
Green leaf lettuce with smoky shrimp, blueberries and mango
Salade nicoise
Greek salad, chicken optional

Sandwiches
Large versions of our tea sandwiches come with one side…
Cucumber, dill and cream cheese
Smoked salmon and cream cheese
Curried egg salad and baby greens
Black forest ham with brie and fig jam

Side dishes
Crisps
Fresh fruit

Beverages
Small pot of tea, coffee or chocolate: pours two cups
Large pot of tea, coffee or chocolate: pours six cups
Espresso, cappuccino, latte, and iced coffee drinks
Perrier, Limonata, Orangeata
Iced tea

Teatime
Served 10-5 daily

Sandwich plate: cucumber, smoked salmon, curried egg, and black forest ham
Scone plate: currant scones served with clotted cream, strawberry jam, and gooseberry preserves
Cake plate: assortment of tea cakes, cook’s fancy
Biscuit plate: assortment of biscuits, cook’s fancy
Cheese plate: assortment of cheeses with crackers and fruit

Cream tea: includes large pot of tea, sandwiches, scones, and biscuits
Children’s teatime: large pot of chocolate, cakes, and biscuits
Tea-for-lunch: includes large pot of tea, sandwiches, cheese, and cakes
Picnic tea to go: includes soft drink, sandwiches, fruit, and biscuits in a white take-away box

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A running-away list

Published April 29, 2013 by Kat

If I were exiled from my life and sent to a small cottage covered in climbing roses, I’d take:

My laptop
My Kindle Fire HD
My B&N uniform pocket editions
Any Penguin/Puffin clothbound classics I owned
My jeans
My tweed skirts
My sweaters
My blouses
My pajamas
My robe and slippers
My walking shoes
My jackets
My underwear
A jewelry roll with my pearls and my France Luxe barrettes
One tote of well-curated yarn and my knitting needle roll
Buckets full of Digitalis mertonensis and Alcea rosea from my garden
All the bars of English lavender soap in my cupboard
My Mason-Pearson hairbrush

If my husband was banished to the cottage with me, he’d have to pack for himself. I think he would take his underwear, kitchen knives, coffee machine, and collection of LPs. Possibly a turntable, tube amp, and Klipsch speakers.

For my daughter, I’d take

Dollie, Froggie, Dragon, Giraffe
The dinosaurs
Wooden building blocks
Little People house
Berenstain Bears storybook
Curious George storybook
Little Critter storybook
Richard Scarry storybook
Bedtime Stories book
Crayons

A country house plan

Published April 18, 2013 by Kat

If I was to ask for a house in which to play English Country, I’d ask for this one. Yes, it’s very modern and very American in its amenities. There’s nothing wrong with that. I’d call the living room the library, the den/guest room would be the housekeeper’s room, the nook would be the breakfast room, and the play room would be the nursery. Perfect. This house also has the huge garden tub in front of windows that I’ve always wanted.

I’d add a conservatory and a large deck to the back.

Here’s the link to the plan

Victorian toys

Published April 16, 2013 by Kat

Skipping rope
Jacks
Marbles
Ball-and-cup
Top
Doll, rag, wooden, china, wax
Teddy bear
Tin soldiers
Noah’s ark
Rocking horse
Stick horse
Velocipede
Rubber ball
Hoop and stick
Jumping jack
Doll pram
Duck pull toy
Building blocks
Doll house
Punch and Judy puppets
Ninepins
Alphabet blocks

Things the English own

Published April 14, 2013 by Kat

According to 20th century English literature

Pyjamas
Dressing gowns
Slippers
Bell pulls
Breakfast trays
Toast racks
Jam pots
Tea pots
Horses
Dogs
Tennis whites
Cricket whites
Bathing costumes
Bathing dresses
Bath robes
Trunks
Hat boxes
Train cases
Jewel cases
Valises
Sponge bags
String bags
Skirt and coat sets
Sweater sets
Blouses
Stockings
Pumps
Jackets
Vests
Trousers
Socks
Shoes
Underpants
Combs
Brushes
Tooth brushes
Tooth powder
Perfume
Nail varnish
Lipstick
Rouge
Powder
Luncheon plates, forks, knives
Dinner plates, forks, knives
Soup spoons
Fish forks and knives
Dessert spoons
Fruit forks and knives
Ice cream spoons
Cream soup spoons
Bouillon spoons
Table spoons
Carving knives
Soup plates
Fruit bowls
Tureens
Serving platters
Whiskey
Scotch whiskey
Gin
Claret
Port
Sherry
Work baskets
Writing desks
Picnic hampers
Christmas hampers
Automobiles
Necklaces
Rings
Bracelets
Circlets
Tweeds
Hunting clothes
Walking sticks
Guns
Potting sheds
Boat houses
Garden walls
Bothies
Cottages
Halls
Lodges
Houses
Flats
Abbeys
Churches
Hedges
Roundabouts

Things the English do

Published April 14, 2013 by Kat

According to 20th century English literature:

Have early tea and read letters in bed
Have breakfast in bed
Come down to breakfast; serve self
Answer letters
Do the accounts
Ride
Hunt
Walk
Swim
Play tennis
Play the stock market
Inspect the farm, tenants
Take the train in to town
Stay at one’s club
Shop at Fortnum & Mason’s, The Army And Navy Stores
Have tea at Claridge’s
Have drinks at the Ritz
Go to the theatre
Take the train home
Attend the Ladies’ Aid Society
Throw a charity garden party
Attend a cricket game
Read
Knit
Garden
Placate the servants
Have cold supper on cook’s day off
Attend a charity ball
Attend a ball thrown in a guest’s or daughter’s honor
Go away to school
Go up to Oxford
Go to stay with one’s aunt
Go abroad
Go to the seaside
Solve murders

Your little nature lover

Published April 11, 2013 by Kat

Start with I Am A Bunny by Ole Risom, illustrated by Richard Scarry.
Progress into Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner by A. A. Milne,
and Brambly Hedge by Jill Barklem. Then
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, and
The Wind In The Willows by Kenneth Grahame.