Monday, 1 September 2014

Happy Day 18: Fairy Princesses

#100HappyDays Day 18: After a pretty long summer I finally got to catch up with Fairy Princess Mummy and the Fairy Princesses. We met for lunch and hot chocolate, it was lovely to get some cuddles and have a (slightly rowdy) chat.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Happy Day 17: Out for Tea in Yellow Shoes

#100HappyDays Day 17:
I spent a lovely day in London with Miss H - I was very impressed with her yellow shoes!

We haven't seen each other for a while so tea and cake and a long chat were in order. We met at St. Pancras and consulted Tea & Cake London as to where we wanted to go. We started off by going to the Nordic Bakery for some lunch. I had cheese and pickle on rye....

....and we couldn't resist having the cinnamon rolls.

We had a good old natter and then decided to stroll to another cafe mentioned in the book, Yumchaa. They do amazing tea, I had Notting Hill, Miss H and her Mr had some iced tea.

Mr. went home and we stayed and had another round of tea and cake. This time I had Chilli Chilli Bang Bang and a slice of chocolate velvet cake, while Miss H had a iced rooisbos with pulped fruit in it and a pistachio, fig and date scone.

They had loads of teas on the counter to buy in tiny ceramic jugs, so naturally I smelled all of them and then bought some. Because it would have been rude not to.

By the till, they had a very interesting sign by the tip jar. I'm not sure what it all means but I really liked the drawing of a squid. Apparently it was done by one of the staff before they went back to South America. I picked up a very yummy cheese sandwich for the journey home and the lady threw in some lemon drizzle in for me for free!

And then after all that chattering it was time to go. I think this tea and cake business might become a regular thing, you know - especially if my companions always look this fetching!

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Happy Day 16: This Man in This Skirt

#100HappyDays Day 16: A (very good-looking) man in a (very fetching) skirt.
I was too shy to actually run up to him and ask for a better photo, but the skirt is a steel grey pleated kilt and he was wearing a black frock coat with it. He was also having a little sing-song to himself and gave me a bashful smile when he turned round and noticed that I was walking behind him.

Friday, 29 August 2014

Happy Day 15: Play It Again Sam

#100HappyDays Day 15: An Unexpected Serenade on the Piano at the Train Station.
The high speed train to London gets into St Pancras which is always a delight. They have some pianos scattered around the place and as I was walking through to get to the tube I stopped to listen to a gentleman playing Danny Boy and the Rose of Tralee. He noticed me and beckoned me over. 'Do you play?' he asked without breaking his chord sequence. 'I used to', I replied. 'There is no used to. If you play, you play, even if it was 15 years ago or yesterday. 'You would measure time the measureless and the immeasurable. Yet the timeless in you is aware of life's timelessness....' Khalil Gibran that was, from the Prophet, oh you've read it?' I nodded. He looked directly at me and asked, 'What's your name?' I replied that my name is Nat. 'Nat... ah! Nat King Cole!' and then he played a beautifully ornate rendition of 'When I Fall in Love'. I missed my train and had to wait for another one - but somethings are worth missing trains for.

And here is the legend himself:

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Happy Day 14: Fresh Tomatoes

#100HappyDays Day 14: Tomatoes grown fresh in our garden.
 I have to admit, this has absolutely nothing to do with me - Middle B does most of our gardening, I just get to enjoy the fruits of it. Yum! Tomato salad for lunch, anyone?