Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

Yesterday three of my friends and I enjoyed a wonderfully whimsical afternoon tea at the Sanderson Hotel in Oxford Street. For a limited time Sanderson and Luna & Curious are collaborating on a very special kind of afternoon tea experience. It has been inspired by the Mad Hatter’s tea party in the classic children’s story of Alice in Wonderland.

Upon being seated guests receive a menu that is hidden inside a vintage book and a napkin wrapped with a riddle. Four different types of specifically blended teas are passed around to smell before choosing your favourite (if you don’t like/fancy any of these a range of other teas and coffees are available) and the sugar is found within a jewellery box complete with ballerina dancing to the tune of ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’. Food is served on bespoke crockery which adds to the theme and the teapots feature kings and queens with black cardboard crowns.

 

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However, the food is the main attraction. There are dainty sandwiches on homemade bread including the smoked Cumbrian ham with wholegrain mustard on sun dried tomato bread; and cucumber and chive cream cheese on spinach bread (the ham was our favourite, they were to die for!). There are also classic home baked savoury olive and sweet chocolate chip scones with herb butter and fruit preserves.

It continues to get sweeter with sweets such as ‘strawberries and cream’ homemade marshmallow mushrooms; a carrot meringue served on a bed of pea shoots; a ‘Tick Tock’ traditional Victoria sponge clock and a melting mango cheesecake coated in rainbow patterned white chocolate. Guests are then invited to ‘Jelly Wonderland’, where the most delicious fruit jellies made in Victorian jelly moulds are presented on a lavish cake trolley.

 

 

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At £38 it can seem a bit expensive but that is London for you and who has afternoon tea all the time anyway? It is the perfect treat for a birthday or just a lovely afternoon with your girl friends. I personally thought it was a great idea and the food delighted us all afternoon. I don’t really like tea though I did try the ‘strawberries and cream’ tea. For me it wasn’t great but my tea fanatic of a friend thought it was fabulous.  I would definitely recommend going though be warned it won’t be around for very long so catch it while you can!

 

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Peace&&Love

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Things I could do with a ‘Gandalf Beard’!

So here’s something  a little bit different that my friends and I came up with recently, it’s just something fun and lighthearted and I really hope that you enjoy reading it. So, without further ado, the many things that you could do with a ‘Gandalf Beard’;

 

1. Plait it, because that would just be plain awesome!

2. Stroke it…to aid in the thinking process.

3. Comb it – there’s nothing more relaxing.

4. Wrap it around your neck and wear it as a scarf. (practical eh?)

5. Use it to propel you into space. By this I assume we meant some sort of helicopter-type thing here.

6. Tuck it into your belt.

7. Become a bearded super hero or villain.

8. Use it as gloves. (a matching set with the scarf maybe?)

9. Give bits of it to bald people to use as a toupée.

10. Use as an emergency jumper.

11. You could, in theory, hang yourself with it although this is the dark side of the beard.

12. Use it for extreme sports. i.e. bungee jumping.

13. It would be brilliant as a part of a fancy dress costume.

14. You could skip with it.

15. It would be possible to pose as a wizard and perhaps get a part as an extra in a sic-fi movie.

 

I have capped my list at 15 points but I’m sure that there are a multitude of different things that you could do with a ‘Gandalf Beard’ so get thinking and post your ideas in the comment box below! 🙂

 

 

The One Lovely Blog Award

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So this is totally crazy but stupidly exciting as a few days ago I was nominated by my good friend Hollye for the One Lovely Blog Award. I would like to thank her so much for this as it really does mean a lot to me. It’s so great to know that my writing is appreciated and it makes me so happy that she supports me so much. 🙂 I have known Hollye for donkeys years and I am so grateful for all of her love and guidance throughout the time we have known each other. Hollye is also blogging too and anyone that reads this should definitely check her out too because she is a fabulous writer. 🙂 

But onto the award, there are seven rules which must be followed:

1) Add the “One Lovely Blog Award” image to your post.

2) Share seven things about you.

3) Pass the award on to seven nominees.

4) Thank the person who nominated you.

5) Inform the nominees by posting on their blogs.

So in accordance to the rules here are my seven fun facts about me;

1) I own 3 replica Star Wars Lightsabers and 2 Harry Potter wands.

2) I have a gorgeous cat called Merlin and a puppy called Cookie.

3) I have always wanted to be a writer.

4) I used to be in a band called Frozen Passion.

5) I have finally made it to university after 4 turbulent years.

6) I feel like I am finally where I belong.

7) I have a wonderful Ford Fiesta named Stanley.

And finally here are my seven nominees, go check them out;

My first nominee is Hovercraft Doggy. Their page is full of beautiful art and I love seeing what will pop up next on my news feed. They always deliver something great and I think I’m right in saying that they post near enough every day and I have to say I admire their dedication. So, congrats! 🙂

My second nominee is actually another good friend of mine. Her blog is called Like a Sloth and its very witty and full of life. It does focus on a bigger picture which involves her suffering with various illnesses but it is a great read and totally deserves an award. If not for her just being brave enough to be constantly stabbed with needles by scary doctors. So well done Char and keep writing!

My next nominee is a blog that I fell across by accident. It’s called Stuff Kids Write and it is absolutely brilliant. It is a wonderful insight into the minds of kids everywhere and the stuff that they write at school or at home. So seriously check it out because it’s a great laugh. Congrats!

My fourth nominee is a blog called The Top 10 of Anything and Everything. It’s a wonderful blog that does what it says on the tin really. It’s a fascinating corner of the the blogging world that is just full of random things and I love it.

The next nominee is another good friend of mine who is also an avid writer. Like me Charlotte Fawdry writes poetry.  She writes confidently and her poems conjure all sorts of images with her descriptive techniques. I can’t wait to see what she’ll share with us next, keep up the good work!

The sixth nominee is Revise Sociology. I know that this seems completely random but this bog was invaluable to me when I was studying for my A-levels last June. It tells you all that you need to know and really is a great starting point for revision. Thank you so much for the time and effort you have put into this blog!!

And finally the last nominee is A Passionate Wanderer. This blog has been an inspiration to my writing so many times. Thank you for continuing to share your writing with us and don’t ever stop! This award is fully deserved, well done!

R2-D2 Swimsuit

So as you may, or may not, know I am a rather large sci-fi geek. And as many geeks before me I literally almost died and went to heaven when I discovered this swimsuit. It is not just any swimsuit. It is a limited edition ‘Artoo’ swimsuit made by designers at Black Milk Clothing. Of course as soon as I heard about it I leapt towards my laptop and frantically searched for it online. However, and it is a BIG however, the price of said swimsuit also nearly killed me. It is $100 AUD which translates to £63.72 PLUS £11.47 delivery charge! My dreams were literally crushed. No longer could I see myself in the sparkling blue seas of Portugal and Cyprus looking like a sci-fi goddess with the sun shining down on me. I’m not going to lie I am thoroughly disappointed. So now begins the epic task of saving up money in order to get the swimsuit of every geek’s dreams (alas there are no replicas on the likes of ebay or amazon).

 

So without further ado, feast your eyes on the glorious ‘Artoo’ swimsuit:

 

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Isn’t it marvellous! *fangirl screech* If you would like to look on the Black Milk Clothing website, or are rich enough to buy this for yourself (I envy you if you are) then you can find the swimsuit and the website here. Enjoy!

 

Peace&&Love

 

We Need You!

Hello lovely bloggers, followers, new readers, friends and just generally awesome people of the internet!

 

I have been swamped with revision lately and oh my has it been boring. I’ve found the only way to keep myself sane is to take regular breaks in which I can browse the wonderful world of the internet, particularly, funny pictures of cats wearing wigs or doing other silly things. Man I love cats. :’) Anyway, before I make myself sound too crazy, today I have decided to take my break on my WordPress blog. A good friend of mine, also called Charlotte (yes there are too many of us in the world and we will rule you all one day mwahahaha), has recently started a blog up too and I thought that today I would do a bit of promoting for her. So that’s where I say, WE NEED YOU, YES, YOU!

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As her blog is so new she is very lonely at the moment so it would be great if you could all go and check it out (that’s why we need you). Who knows you may enjoy it…in fact you probably will if you enjoying reading witty anecdotes with pictures that perfectly compliment what she is saying. It really is a delight to read her posts and I am certain that most of you will like it too. 🙂 So boogie on down to http://likeasloth.wordpress.com !

 

The main topic of Charlotte’s blog is the illnesses that she has been diagnosed with, ME and B12 deficiency, so if you are someone that also suffers with these or know someone that does then be sure to check it out because it will definitely light up your day. However, her writing is for all so even if you don’t suffer with these illnesses, go and check it out because it is sure to be an interesting and engaging read. 😀

 

So as I said, “WE NEED YOU!” Go and be Char’s friend, spread the love, welcome her to WordPress and have a fabulous day!

 

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Peace&&Love