The weather has been glorious this week. We were really hoping to have our cream tea for the guests on the Terrace, but just at the moment we were setting up, it felt a bit too chilly to be sitting outside.
So instead we went to town decorating the ballroom.
We use our lovely vintage crockery collected from various relatives and the odd charity shop.
My dresser is brimming with vintage china which we use for our sunday teas. We started doing it when Liza was born and its now a bit of a ritual. crumpets, boiled eggs, malt loaf, scotch pancakes, friut and cake. It feels great to be able to use it for the guests cream teas too and we always get really positive feedback about it.
The Devon way is to put the cream on the scone first followed by the jam. It is the opposite in Cornwall apparently. Not that i am biased but i am definately in agreement with Devon on that one!
We all had a lovely time chatting about the holiday, the beach, walks and the extremely competitive table tennis games we have heard going on in the games room. One guest from Canada said we should put in our marketing that Pickwell gives you a great 'butt'! When probed as to why, it turns out she has walked for miles every morning and then again every afternoon since Friday. No wonder! (wish that worked for me, although that would mean walking..hmmmm..)
Straight after the cream tea, Tracey and Rich drove to the Eden Project in Cornwall to see Branden Flowers in concert and I went to Exeter to watch a Nick Broomfield film about human trafficking (www.unchosen.org.uk). There was a question and answer session with Nick (on skype) and also a representative from anti-slavery international and a Police Inspector. A pretty incredible event and has given me a lot to think about.