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Friday, October 12, 2012



Don't worry, the report from my afternoon tea is not too bad. About 950 calories left for tea at Claridges (as it turned out to be), so I am probably a bit over for the day but not much. Was very very strong willed at work and didn't eat any of the nibbles remaining from yesterday, nor of the box of chocolate shortcake biscuits and box of jaffa cakes someone brought in today. Just one small square of plain chocolate, which I'm trying to forget about.

Arrive at Claridges. The waiters don't offer to take our coats but Bestie (who has class) hands hers over anyway and so do I and we get a cloakroom ticket in a little envelope (see pic) and we sit down and I'm pleased to say the waiters put the napkins on our laps for us which gets anywhere extra points from me.

Tea is very nice, all the more so because Bestie's paying. (I did take her to the Ritz a few weeks back if you remember). We have sandwiches and scones and clotted cream and jelly and little cakes and Bestie doesn't eat her share of the cakes (not quite) but I eat the bits she doesn't - look, they are TINY, ok - and we have three pots of Earl Grey between us.

The room is sort of 30s and the china is green and cream stripes and the teapot's handle is a funny shape and a bugger to pour from and there is a lady playing the piano and a gentleman with a double bass and there are lots of waiters milling around.

As we drink our tea, we are fascinated because behind Bestie's chair is a counter with jars of sweets on. She has her back to it and can't see, she can only hear but I can see that as people are leaving they are filling paper bags full of sweets. Sort of goody bags to take home. And some of those bags are very very full indeed.

This sort of thing always interests me a lot.

So anyway we get the bill or at least Bestie does, and the waiter gives us each a little mini tin of tea which is v. nice and we ask if we may help ourselves to sweets from the jars and he makes us free of them.

I'm a good packer, you know, and can get a lot of sweets in a bag. This I do. So does Bestie, to give them to Mr Bestie when she gets home. I drop one on the floor and put it in my pocket (just to remind everyone that you can't take me anywhere). I add some mint balls but Bestie doesn't want those. I fish out the chocolate umbrella (we only get one of those each) and on the way out I hand over my bag of sweets to Bestie because I don't want to eat loads of sweets and she can either feed them to Mr Bestie or to Hallowe'en monsters or both if she's not sure which is which.

I also warn her Mr Bestie shouldn't consider the mint balls to imply a compliment and she tells me she'll tell him that I definitely said they WERE intended as a compliment. Troublemaker.

In the UK mint can mean mint flavoured. It can also mean perfect, special, just what I wanted.

'Mint balls.'

Just think about this . . . I am not going to explain it to you.
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SJKENT1 2/8/2013 9:26AM

    However did I miss this one... what a hoot!!

You are mint!

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EOWYNRUSS 10/15/2012 4:02PM

    Hmmm,....mint balls. So many inappropriate comments, so little time... emoticon

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KONRAD695 10/14/2012 9:19PM

    I'm glad you had a nice time with your friend. Thank you for the mint story. I now understand why Grandma always had a mint tied on our Christmas gifts emoticon

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CHUM48 10/14/2012 7:52PM

   
thanks!

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DEBK0923 10/14/2012 10:52AM

    great blog

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BLUEJEAN99 10/14/2012 1:58AM

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CICELY360 10/14/2012 1:21AM

  Good blog

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PHEBESS 10/14/2012 12:04AM

    What a lovely way to spend your afternoon!!!!

One of my favorite things to do when I'm in London is go to the British Museum, and about 4 go to the restaurant for their tea - one selects a plate of sandwiches and other goodies, orders a pot of tea, and sits and relaxes while thinking about all the gorgeous art just seen. Another lovely afternoon!

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GRAMMAP1 10/13/2012 11:36PM

    I wish teas (formal or informal)were more common in the US. Coffee breaks are not as comforting. You tea sounds so inviting. emoticon emoticon

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ROCKYCPA 10/13/2012 11:15PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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JAMER123 10/13/2012 8:56PM

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I enjoy your blog and admire your will power!!!! Keep it going!!

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PEGGYO 10/13/2012 8:26PM

    sounds like a lovely day

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KAREN91 10/13/2012 7:43PM

    Great willpower being able to give away your treats! I bet scones are better in the UK. Great blog! emoticon

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PCASEY7 10/13/2012 6:00PM

    Great blog as usual! And great willpower for giving away your bag of goodies! Not sure I would have done the same...

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LIVELYGIRL2 10/13/2012 5:48PM

  Look here, now you have a trail of (mostly ) Spark ladies, wanting to join you.

I agree with"Cranrana", that you really have a knack with expressing yourself, and sharing the experience.

It crossed my mind, that we could have a Spark Tea ( but it wouldn't be as exciting, to have to eat all fruit and low fat/ sugar. I guess petite-fours are small.

Who's with me, to crash your house, or find location ( and just eat light the rest of the day/ so we can do it right. I'll make the scones.

Thanks for emoticon sharing with us.

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PATRICIAANN46 10/13/2012 5:41PM

  emoticon ed your description of the tea.........felt like I was there with you. Your sense of humor is the emoticon !!!!!
Have a great weekend.

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DIANNEMT 10/13/2012 4:44PM

    Sounds wonderful and you did VERY well to fill and bag and give it away. Not sure I would have had that much willpower!

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MAMAOWLS 10/13/2012 4:15PM

    Sounds like a very elegant and interesting tea. I'm glad you had a good time and best of all you handed your bag of goodies over to Beastie so you won't be tempted. you are doing a great job of making food choices.

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IAMWINNING 10/13/2012 3:04PM

    How utter delightful! I felt like I was back in England. My youngest was born there many, many moons ago.

I'm so glad you had such a good time with your bestie, and I enjoyed her humor, too.

Thank you for sharing with us.
Nancy

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KFFIE1 10/13/2012 2:12PM

  I actually joined Spark People just to comment on your blog! You have a wonderful sense of humor!! Todays was a classic. lol Thanks for making me smile. Karen

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SENIMMO 10/13/2012 12:01PM

    I am SO glad you enjoyed your day! And shared another fabulous blog. Mint balls oh m'gosh I almost laughed myself into an asthma attack! I LOVED it. I would try to explain it to my husband, but it would go over his head and I would just end up lauging more!

Thank you for being such a great inspiration!
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NEELIXNKES 10/13/2012 11:46AM

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MIMIDOT 10/13/2012 11:41AM

    Sounds like you had a great time at Claridges. Congratulations on giving all your sweets away. Thanks for sharing.

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GRAMPIAN 10/13/2012 10:58AM

  Interesting.

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MOMMY445 10/13/2012 10:53AM

    sounds so wonderful! thanks for sharing!

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NEWMOM20121 10/13/2012 10:48AM

    Sounds wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing.

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SHOAPIE 10/13/2012 10:43AM

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 10/13/2012 10:39AM

    Thank you once again. Audra

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KATHIC2 10/13/2012 10:30AM

  What a great time! Wish I could do it here.

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WALLINMW 10/13/2012 10:14AM

  Yeah!

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DMF2012 10/13/2012 9:28AM

    What a great little blog - it even included a surprise ending. Thanks for sharing!

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HEARTS116 10/13/2012 9:16AM

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Thanks for sharing!

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GARDENCHRIS 10/13/2012 8:58AM

    what fun! did you wear hats?? My girlfriends and I do teas here in the USA and we have to wear a hat! Always lots of fun.

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ALDEBARANIAN 10/13/2012 8:36AM

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POINDEXTRA 10/13/2012 8:18AM

    Ahh - Jaffa Cakes! you've sparked my memories of business trips to the UK some years ago, where pensioner ladies would come into our meeting mid-morning and mid-afternoon with the tea cart. I thought I was being helpful by fixing my tea myself, but was told that the ladies liked to do it and that I should allow them to serve me, so I did - what a nice custom.

I've always wanted to go to a fancy afternoon tea. Thanks for the description!

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DJSHIP46 10/13/2012 8:10AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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TREYONE 10/13/2012 7:52AM

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AMOMENTSNOTICE 10/13/2012 7:15AM

    I had never before heard of a chocolate umbrella. That's surprising, being here in Seattle. I guess these should be imported here. : )

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COUPONS0216 10/13/2012 7:14AM

    Glad you had fun, and you, are a very bad girl...(that is a good thing) mint balls...
Shaking my head and lmao!

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NEWTINK 10/13/2012 7:05AM

    You left that "mint balls " open to the imagination lmao sorry but that cant be good lol ... this is such a wonderful blog emoticon

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BESSHAILE 10/13/2012 7:02AM

    Oh. I want mint balls. and a chocolate umbrella.

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TRYINGHARD54 10/13/2012 6:44AM

    sounds like you had fun.. emoticon

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KYLIESCHELLE 10/13/2012 5:37AM

    Sounds like a wonderful afternoon. emoticon

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