Wednesday, 25 November 2015


I thought my foot would be in my mouth less as I got older.
Today I went out to lunch with two octogenarians, one nonagenarian and someone who is only twenty years my senior.
The anecdotes were fab and, unusually, no one fell asleep in their meal.
As I was leaving I mentioned to Len (93, former high school maths teacher, born in Poland) that George and I are planning a trip to Vienna for our wedding anniversary.
I asked him if he'd ever been there?
"Yes, once," he answered.
I asked him excitedly if he'd liked it?
"Not really," he said, "I was in a labour camp."

Monday, 9 November 2015

Tempus fugit

Note to self.
Stop faffing around on the Internet and get those kitchen cupboards cleared out.
And the ironing done.
And the socks paired.
And the puppy trained.
And the floor oiled (unlikely, but it's on the list).
And the car cleaned (though, frankly, what's the point?).
Just get on with it all because these weeks are going to fly by.

Tuesday, 3 November 2015


Tea rooms are in hibernation.
My sixth season is complete.
Recycling all done.
Freezers defrosted (not a single ice cream left. Joy.)

The first challenge of next season was laid down today when Sue, who makes our fruit cakes and ginger cakes, rang to say she's moving house and hanging up her apron.
She will be a very hard act to follow.
But to avoid those disappointed faces I must find someone to fill her shoes.

Friday, 30 October 2015

All Hail All Hallows

I particularly like a time of year when cobwebs can be classed as decoration.

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Tea minus 3

A really lovely day filled with the very best of people.
You know who you are.
You are the americano drinkers (with hot milk) and the cakes to take home; the soup & fruit-and-lemon & blueberry cake lovers who bring us end-of-term gifts and the tea-with-the-bag-left-out-and-an-extra-saucer couple.
You all make the day brighter whenever you join us and we ask each other about you when we haven't seen you for a while.
You make the busy days easier to manage when you nod and give us a knowing smile.
You make the quieter days more fun with time for a chat.
Not seeing you is the only downside of closing for the winter.
Thank you.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Tea minus 4

Ice cream situation now excellent.
Crisps much more positive.
Drinks fridge looking a bit sorry for itself so may have to buy more cans of what I still refer to as "pop".
We counted up how many hams we've cooked this season - 85.
And we're going to need another one at least.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Tea minus 5

"I'd like a coffee please. Don't offer me all those funny kinds. I just want a nescaff."
I told him we don't have any instant coffee.
"I know," he said, "but just as normal as you can. It's not your fault. I blame Tony Blair. All that choice. All those tv channels. We didn't have them before him. 440 channels full of rubbish."

The ice cream position is, with five days left of the season, good.
The crisps position is a little more worrying (too many) as is the soft drinks situation (too few).
We have cooked two large hams in two days and I have been to the cash and carry two days in a row. A run on hot chocolate with marshmallows prompted the second trip. I should have foreseen that.