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Fabulous Friday. Food, Family, Jazz.

Ok, I know it’s Saturday, but this was started yesterday, and we were home too late to get it together last night.

It was a day of food for mum and I yesterday. First up we had Villa Howden High Tea, take two. Read about take one here.

It was beautiful. The coffee was still good, the food gorgeous and the cake mum made for her friends birthday just divine.

 

Today is dad’s birthday so last night we went out for dinner and a jazz evening.
The cafe we went to regularly has Jazz evenings and last night was big band night.
It was brilliant.
The food as always was beautiful – antipasto platter to start, crusted salmon fillets, scallop pie, chicken pie, crepes, with the best mashed potato, and lovely roasted beetroot and parsnip – dad had tears in his eyes, and hubby organised for them to sing him happy birthday.

No photos of last night because of it was about being in hone moment.
We finished off the night with hot chocolate and coffee while I splashed out and had a liquer cappucino. A dash, of Kahlua was a tasty addition with whipped cream on top.

Big family lunch today, then my house will be full with sister and 3 kids, plus my sister in a law in visiting as well.

Have a good weekend πŸ™‚
Jen.

Birthday Morning Tea.

I was hoping to arrive home over full from the Morning Tea mum organised at Villa Howden for a group of six of us. Well that is not going to happen. I will post up a collection of photos, the place is still elegant and looks beautiful.
Today’s service was neither beautiful nor elegant. They stuffed up big time.
Mum had been in to see them earlier in there week to arrange the food – which was to include savouries as well as sweets, like of high tea in the morning – and we were to bring the cake for her birthday.
First up, it hadn’t been noted we were going to be in the sitting room rather than at the tables in the dining room.
Tea and coffees ordered, and while we waited two plates of Devonshire tea (scones with jam & cream) were brought out. Must say, the scones were delicious, and the cream, thick and King Island like. (For those who don’t know kind island cream, it is the best super thick cream, perfect for scones and the like, go google it if you want).
And then nothing.
Oh, unless you count housekeeping and the vacuum. The room we were in had a half balcony above, which is where she was, and it was really distracting. And disprespeful. And why couldn’t they have done it before they opened. This was 11.30. Then she decided to vacuum the foyer. Right next to us. One of the ladies went and asked her to stop, and while apologetic, it didn’t seem to sink in how wrong it was.
And then. No more food. Mum went to investigate and was told it hadn’t been written in the book. Mum had dealt with the manager initially. Not happy Jan. (See here)

I think that’s enough of that. Let’s have a look at some pretty pictures.

Hens High Tea afternoon

Yesterday a group of us ladies dressed up – some more than others – and went off to Villa Howden for high tea for our friend’s hen do. It was all very classy with none of the tacky stuff that is normally seen at these functions.Β  The venue is a lovely old building that has been used for many different purposes over the years but currently, very French Provincial (I think) and the epitome of old class and elegance.

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The food was as expected – beautiful little treats both sweet and savoury. Β We had added into our cost the optional extra of a glass of bubbly, as befitted the ocassion. A very nice bubbly it was too.

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We were also able to render our Hen speechless, complete with tears, on presenting her with her gift. That alone made it worthwhile. Β Just a little something for her house, presented via photo on the phone, as two hubbies had installed it while we were out.

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A wonderful afternoon spent for a beautiful friend.
To see more of Villa Howden check out their website here.

Have a great week.
Jen