30 Jun 2017

Five on Friday

Hello everyone!  I hope that you're having a good week. As Friday has come around again this is a Five on Friday blog post. Thank you Tricky for hosting.
After the recent sunny weather we're back to rainy days. That didn't deter me from meeting a friend on Wednesday at a local tea shop. We try to get together a couple of times a month for a catchup chat before browsing the charity shops or visiting a special event. This week my friend enjoyed a scone with her pot of tea and I had a chocolate brownie with a cup of coffee. We haven't a particularly sweet tooth as it's the drink and chat we look forward to, but the cup cakes always look attractive and tempting! 




We have many small businesses in my local high street including independent bakeries making bespoke cakes for special occasions.  I spotted this fantastic peacock, probably crafted in marzipan, adorning a cake in one of the shop windows. 


I snapped this display in a bomboniere shop when we were walking around a local Italian town. The cake for a little girl's first holy communion party is surrounded by the little ornament gifts that are traditionally given to guests along with the boxes to put them in.
  


Have a lovely weekend!
Linda :)

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  1. Dear Linda,

    Lovely that you could catch up with a friend for coffee and tea. I am like you and have tried to leave the sweet treats alone.
    Lovely post and photos and always good to see what you are up to.
    Enjoy your weekend
    Hugs
    Carolyn

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    1. It's good to hear from you Carolyn. All the best.

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  2. it all loves beautiful and very tasty, at this time I see nothing that would be legal for me to eat. I am wondering if our tea shop here has anything I could eat... I am going to check on that

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    1. A treat is fine now and again. I admire pastry work, those who bake and I appreciate the family businesses on our doorstep.

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  3. That is a beautiful tradition giving small gifts to guests at a girl's first communion. We lutherans don't have that. The first communion takes place usually at 15 years and then it is up to you if you have communions or not. Maybe my expressions are not quite right but I hope you understand.
    Lovely weekend Linda.

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    1. I do understand as I've experienced different ideas about this over the years. I think the tradition of giving sugared almonds in a little net pouch with a small gift on the occasion of a first communion or wedding a good one. Happy weekend to you too.

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  4. Always nice to catch up with friends. Loved the cupcakes and the peacock was a real showpiece. Have a great weekend.

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  5. So much fun to meet a friend for tea. There is usually and lot of talk and a lot of tea. Beautiful pastries! Happy Friday!

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    1. My friend lives in a different neighbourhood from me so we've found a favourite tea shop we can both get to. Thank you for your visit. All the best.

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  6. I like the vintage look of the tea shop where you met your friend. The cakes all look stunning, especially the peacock and the unicorn behind it. The Italian cake for the first communion is lovely and so different to the British ones you have shown us and what a lovely tradition to give the little ornaments on the cake to guests. Your brownie looks very tempting:)

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    1. The vintage style tea shop is a popular one because of the cakes and relaxing atmosphere. Italian celebrations are occasions when the giving of a little gift and a bag of sugared almonds is traditional and adds to the joyful event. As for Italian pastries, cakes and biscuits, they're different and delicious.

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  7. That tea cozy is adorable! At first I thought it was a hat for a child, but finally got it.

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    1. Ha ha! Wearing that 'tea cozy hat' would be a bit over the top wouldn't it? Thank you for your visit and for leaving a comment. Much appreciated.

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  8. Someone has been really busy making those pretty cakes for a special occasion. Cupcakes always look so tempting but my tastes have changed and I find the icing too sweet now. I expect you are already looking forward to meeting your friend again.

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    1. Cup cakes and muffins are very popular. I should think these home made ones are tasty, but if I had a choice I would order a slice of cake. My favourite is lemon drizzle cake. Happy weekend!

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  9. There are fewer things more special than taking time to nourish friendships (no pun intended, LOL). I love the idea of little family tea shops. I am watching my sugar these days but cookie or a little cupcake with a cup of tea is always a nice treat and I love scones. All those cakes looked lovely and delicious.

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    1. Thank you for coming by Gloria.

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  10. That peacock is something else. Lovely! Happy weekend to you.

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  11. That peacock is too beautiful to eat.
    I too like that cozy. So adorable!!!
    Happy day to you!

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  12. A wonderful day with your friend! What awesome things to see! Have a great week.

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    1. Thank you Marie. Also wishing you a good week. I enjoyed your blog post and I'm glad you could get some photos of the barn.

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  13. I love the decorated cakes. They are like works of art.

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    1. Thank you Carol. I hope you're having a good day.

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  14. The cakes look divine, I have a terrible sweet tooth so its a wonder I'm not the size of a house!
    Thanks for joining in with Five on Friday, hope you have a wonderful week :)

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    1. Ha Ha! I should think with your lively lifestyle you don't need to worry about your weight! Thank you for organising Five on Friday. Have a good week!

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  15. Those cup cakes would tempt anyone! I loved that tea cosy too, the peacock cake is soooo creative, a work of art for sure! A wonderful, colourful post.xxx

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    1. There's a great collection of tea cozies in that tea shop! :)

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  16. Wow, that peacock is truly fantastic! I don't think bakeries around here make things like that... And that brownie looked delicious. Thanks for sharing your lovely outing with us! Best, -Beth

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  17. Hello Linda, what a gorgeous setting for a cuppa between friends. I love that pretty tea cosy and the cheerful table cover too!

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  18. The sweets are just so tempting and delicious looking. Love, love the tea cozy too.

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