Monday, 27 July 2015

Same old.

Apparently this is the point in the season when I say something about giving up; not doing another season after this; finding a different career.
Apparently this usually comes after a larger-than-usual party, mid way through July, with half the season to go.
I said this today.
My husband tells me it's my normal behaviour.
I hate being so predictable.

Saturday, 25 July 2015


Mr and Mrs.
A lovely wedding.
They, their friends and their family certainly do like their cake.

We're hosting another family party tomorrow so an early night is mandatory.
Then I can relax a little.
(Til the party next Saturday)

Thursday, 23 July 2015


It's begun.
I was sort of awake between 1.45 and 2.45 this morning.
Worrying about teaspoons and whether we have enough of them for Saturday.
The order is now in for an extra 100 (plus three new black aprons).
Am left with the worry that FedEx might not find us in time for the wedding....

The marquee goes up today. The grass was being mown as I left last night.
It's begun.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015


It's been a busy few days. What with the ugly yellow handbag, unexpected coach parties, expected coach parties, walking groups, a bridal shower and loads of kids who've just been let out for the Summer. (Excuse me please, I've just dropped my pound into the ice cream freezer and I can't reach it).
On Saturday it's the 2015 wedding.
Kate and Gareth are tying the knot.
The marquee goes up on Thursday morning.
My nights are already disturbed by lists, orders, recipes, weather, numbers, rotas and space issues.

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Getting his worms wrong

A 'phone call:
"I'd like to book a lunch for fifty people, please. We'd also like some tea."
That's fine, I told him.
"But," he added, "I need to tell you that we have two vegetarians and a celeriac."

That's the vegetarians sorted then...

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Watch and learn

Remember this? 
I am planning to visit the tearooms and to have a dozen or so of my motorcycling friends meet me there too.  We have been before on several occasions. Although our bikes might be noisy smelly things most of the riders are not and I can assure you there will be no shootouts or anything like that, just a few geriatric bikers looking for a cuppa and bite to eat!
Hope this won't be a problem to you?
Velocette Owners club

They came today.
About twenty of them.
They were fab.
They can come again.

They arrived half an hour before 45 Chinese teenagers came for lunch, and to have a (very short) lesson in scones. We gave them a lesson because last year's group had bitten into the scones before we'd even put the jam and cream on the tables. 
So this year we demonstrated (Cornwall and Devon ways) and then brought out the cream, jam and scones. 

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

surprise surprise

Today has just been strange.
As well as all the bag stuff (see below. And below that.) we had a coach party turn up without notice. Which is always interesting.
36 people from Shropshire. They ate us out of quiche, and soup, and jacket potatoes.