Afternoon Tea

Over the summer I have had the opportunity to visit lots of nice places. I have sampled home-made, awarding winning damson jam in Thame, falafel at the Camden Night Market, Afternoon Tea in Treacle’s Tea Room on The Green, chocolate orange cupcakes at the Vintage Tea Party and Gift Fair, fish and chips in Southend (served with a chilled glass of Prosecco) and most recently tea and scones in The Orchard, Grantchester and speciality teas in Henrietta’s, Cambridge.


With the return of the British Bake Off I have been inspired not as you may imagine to bake but to eat cake and wear tea dresses, I have memories of being thrown out of home economics at secondary school for a disastrous Victoria sponge. Mary Berry would not entertain my presence in her kitchen. So rather than join in with the wonderful bakers, I have enjoyed the mere idea of tea and cakes.

So with a Sunday afternoon free a few of us got together, made ourselves pretty courtesy of Pincurls and Pout and dug out the tea set. Here are the results. Maybe Mel and Sue would care to join us one day.



  Not a soggy bottom or tart tarte in sight.



August 2012

 Pincurls and Pout have taken most of August off for a well-deserved break.

While Betsy got to go away I have had more of a stay-cation.  Catching up with friends, swimming, cycling and enjoying the British summertime.

I thought I could pack my hairdressing kit away for the summer.  However I have teenage daughters so this is not a possibility.

Watching Tangled recently for the very first time, I heard the words, “Will my hair do that?” I laughed and felt flattered that they think I can even make their hair like a Disney cartoon character.

Ha! My children know me better than I do and unaware that I was being manipulated a seed had been sown.

Two days later, having dug around in boxes under the bed, in the cupboard above the wardrobe, then finally outside in the boot of my car, I discovered four rather tatty hairpieces.  I gave them a brush through and shook them out.  Before I could think about washing them I had weaved them into Eavie’s hair. The clashing colours creating texture and interest to the style.

Eavie’s hand crocheted hair accessories added to the  Tangled look.

If you want to see how it turned out go to

I’d like to think that I wont fall for that again…watch this space.