After a few weeks off from Rock choir we needed a quick get together before the new term. We opted for a visit to this lovely tearoom in Findern Derbyshire called Mad Hatters.
Now I have written post before which you can read here......
a-tea-party-with-the-mad-hatter.html and it was so nice to return again. I had a gluten free panini with tomato, mozzarella and pesto plus salad which was so tasty. A brew of course and a natter at the hatter with great company.
There is so much coming up within the Rock Choir world we had some organising to do and coaches to book for forthcoming events. You see we don't just turn up and sing, there is important events we take part in too so keep your eyes peeled for us, we are everywhere!!!
For now though we were just sipping tea and having a chat. It was so good to see everyone. We do keep in touch via various social media places but there is nothing like getting together and having a good old laugh.
If you do feel a bit 'out of sorts' and although you may not feel like being sociable, just go for it. It does wonders for your mental health and well being. It is good to talk and of course drink loads of tea. Mad Hatters is the perfect place to do it as well. Friendly staff and tasty food.....what more do you need?
Thank you fro reading today, come back for more tomorrow for What to Buy Wednesday, but for now.......
Keep calm, drink tea and take care of yourselves.
Me? I'm sticking with my tea for a brew this week but my boys have had these little delights for Easter. Apart from the little mini chocolate eggs which are an added bonus there is a big chunk of chocolate stuck to a wooden spoon!!
What do we do with that I hear you say? Well you warm up a nice mug of milk and then you dip your big chocolate chunk in your milk and stir it around until it melts into a nice hot chocolate, brilliant eh? My eldest son loved this, in fact we have had to source some more as he thinks it's blooming magic.
Don't do what my youngest son did though, he thought 'oh I can't be bothered with the warming milk thing' so he just ate the chunky chocolate only to discover it was not the milky chocolate he prefers but more of a drinking type chocolate. His verdict was that it was probably best melted in the milk.
These were available from Mum from the Brew's milkman on a little Easter offer but I did find them on Amazon in a pack of 5. There are quite a selection if you search 'drinking chocolate spoons' for example here:
So I will leave that for you to try. If Mr T likes them then they are usually a big hit. I'm not a big fan of hot chocolate myself so I'll stick to my tea brew.
I will catch you for more tomorrow with another What to Buy Wednesday but for now you take care.
Now I know I have reviewed some cold infusing teabags from Twinings before but Tetley do some too. I'm sure in the grand scale of this type of product that they are very similar and do the same job but Tetley have a range of different flavours.
I have tried the mint, lemon and cucumber flavour and have to say it really is nice, very refreshing with ice and I can see me drinking quite a bit of this when the weather gets warm. Well I might drink it anytime really because it is just so blooming nice.
There is no caffeine, no sugar or artificial sweetener in this so it's free from rubbishy stuff and loads of calories. I think these are great to just pop in your bottle if you're on the go, they just make a change from plain water. So give them a little try and see what you think.
They are available from all major supermarkets, I got mine from Morrison's and come in these four tasty flavours:
Raspberry and Cranberry
Orange and Peach
Passion Fruit and Mango and
Mint Lemon and Cucumber
My new summer drink I think and anything is good if it keeps you hydrated but there is nothing like a good glass of Tetley tea.
Thank you for reading today, I will be back tomorrow for What to Buy Wednesday but for now......
Do you know I have just had a bit of a meltdown, all over nothing really and something that can me resolved. I didn't get mad or have a fight but my head just felt a bit overloaded. So what did I do? Just have a cup of tea and do you know, having a break and taking some time to just chill, well it did the job.
So my last gift tip for this coming Mothering Sunday is to go nowhere, take a bit of time to yourself. Treat yourself to some 'you' time. Send everyone else in the family out on a chore to just go and have a walk or fetch some milk then sit quietly with your favourite book or listening to some music and just chill. Even if it's just for twenty minutes or half an hour it will be so good for you. Who knows maybe the rest of the family will bring you a little treat back.
They may have been to a great florist shop down on a local park in Derby to buy a few flowers, that's my other gift tip, yes....two tip Tuesday. If you are local to the Derby area then pop to the craft village on Markeaton Park and see a florist called Suzy (oh that's me) and she will put together something lovely for your mum. Check out Suzy Blues Flowers Facebook page here: www.facebook.com/suzybluesflowers/
I do like to give myself a mention but I am there to help with anything you may need on a flowery theme and if you can't build yourself up then well thats just daft so buy flowers from me.....not at some supermarket!!! Remember a florist is a professional at what they do and they like a chat with their customers. I love getting to know my customers and I get to know what my regulars like, you don't get that at a big supermarket.
So that ends my tip top tips for Mother's Day......have good one whatever you do and spread that love. My love and hugs go out to those whose mums are no longer with us.....take some time and treasure those memories xx
Take care peeps and join me again tomorrow for What to Buy Wednesday.
I am still searching for great gift ideas for Mother's Day which is approaching at the end of this month on 31st March. Obviously with it being Teapot Tuesday I am looking for pressies with a tea theme and I came across these personalised teapots.
The one pictured is World's Most Beau'tea'ful Mummy but you can have whatever you choose on your teapot. There are a fantastic selection of teapots, teacups and plates so you could grab a whole set for tea and cake. So many designs as well where you can just tailor your gift to your mum so I think this is perfect. What is better than drinking tea but then for your mum to reminded how loved she is?
I have found these teapots at www.gettingpersonal.co.uk and they provide any gifts that can be personalised so you could take a look at them for any occasion. I just caught sight of the teapots and I thought they would be perfect for my Teapot Tuesday. There is still time to order for Mother's Day so take a look here at the selection:
I will just have time to recommend one more 'tea themed' gift hint for your mums next Tuesday but for now take care.
Join me tomorrow in the mean time for What to Buy Wednesday.
I thought I would start to share a few ideas for Mother's Day coming up at the end of this month. There are many afternoon tea sessions going on now at most tea rooms and restaurants and they are a great treat for any occasion really.
The Old Bell in Derby are offering a very tasty menu here with lots of tea to choose from, in fact nine different varieties including the classic English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Green Tea, Assam, Rooibos and fruit tea too. I think I could quite easily knock myself out with all those flavours, talk about afternoon tea, I would be there all evening as well.
The menu looks yummy two with a fabulous choice of sandwiches, scones and other sweet treats. It's making my taste buds go bonkers just reading the menu and it's silly o'clock in the morning. My porridge in a couple of hours is going to seem slightly disappointing I can tell you.
All this for the very reasonable price of £16.50 and with added Prosecco it's only £22.50 which I think is not bad at all. Now I have had some very boozy nights at The Old Bell in my younger days so this place has been a bit of a blur in the past but my goodness you are in for a real treat as you will take afternoon tea in their Campion room which is very nice. This hotel is one of Derby's oldest buildings steeped in history (more interesting than my nights out) so it is worth a visit.
You could combine your afternoon tea with a shopping trip as there are lots of shops in the area to visit and I cannot think of anything more perfect than a lot of tea, sandwiches and cakes waiting for me after a bit of retail therapy. You can book online or treat your special someone to a gift voucher, all the details are here on The Old Bell Hotel's website:
Thank you for reading today and I will continue to find you nice tea themed ideas leading up to Mother's Day so watch this space. Join me again tomorrow for What to Buy Wednesday but for now.........
Always been partial to Marc Bolan and T Rex but this is TEA Rex, a very different way to brew tea. It's an infusion revolution apparently here, now that's a T Rex song if ever I heard it but I'm torn here people, I'm torn!!
As soon as I had a try with this product I had already made my mind up that it wasn't going to work and it was a load of rubbish. Then the infusion happened and I actually changed my mind. These sachets look as if they belong in a stir fry not my brew so that was my first issue and everyone knows how I feel about fruity tea.
These little packets are filled with fruity goodness and roots, there is vitamin C and no artificial rubbish in them. They are suitable for anyone on a vegan diet and are caffeine free too so a health drink you could say. My big huge problem though......is it tea?
I popped the contents of the sachet into the little filter which neatly sits on your chosen mug and I then poured hot water in as instructed. The flavours then flowed out. It didn't look like tea but then we are dealing with the fruity variety and it rarely looks like a mug of PG eh? After brewing I discarded the filter and had a taste, thinking this is going to taste like dishwater, not that I drink a lot of dishwater. It didn't taste of anything awful, in fact it was lovely.
Yes a fruity tea drink that I actually really liked. It did taste genuinely very natural which is what it is all about. I tasted the Rhubarb Redcurrant flavour which includes:
Diced Rhubarb Stalks 43.5%
Grated Root Ginger 25%
Mashed Redcurrants 17.5%
Sliced Whole Lemon 14%
There are other flavours too such as Tumeric Black Pepper and Lemon Ginger Tumeric. I still don't class it as tea though as it doesn't seem to include any tea which is my dispute. If you do like a warm fruity brew though and with natural ingredients then this is totally for you. You can infuse as a cold drink to so I imagine these drinks would be quite refreshing on a warm day.
So there you go, I totally thought I would hate it but ended up quite liking it so never judge a brew by it's cover, always grab a taste just in case. If you would like to know more about Tea Rex then pop to their website at
Thank you for reading today, I will be back tomorrow for What to Buy Wednesday but for now......
We are experiencing quite warm temperatures for February here in the UK at the moment and now I have probably jinxed it. I clocked the temperature at a very mild 17 degrees C today and that is the kind of temperatures we would expect in spring going into summer.
So I thought while everyone is eating ice cream and wearing their t shirts I thought I would pop into Costa and have a cold brew. Oh I couldn't think what to have so it's a good job there wasn't a queue. The lovely Henry at the Derby Odeon Costa knows me by now and was very patient while I perused the menu.
I plummeted for a Frostini in a salted caramel crunch style and OMG my taste buds went wild my fellow brewsters. An iced coffee with salted caramel and cream on top. Blooming lovely, so lovely that when I had sat down and had a taste I shouted to Henry that it was gorgeous.....hoping that the other customers would click on you see and go and order one too. I'm just there for marketing half the time, you all think I'm addicted to Costa.
Not great on the old calories but hey who was counting today, I was having a taste of summer and enjoying the treat with my son. I was actually contemplating taking my car for a wash at the local Morrisons store, they have a hand car washy thing going on down there. I've become that busy I haven't had time to wash it myself so off we went. Bargain! I never realised how excited I could be after someone else had washed my car. it looks amazing and I haven't had to do it. Worth every penny of my £7 I paid, thank you washy car peeps.
So Teapot Tuesday kind of turned into 'have something different at costa' Tuesday and I did. It's a brew.....it counts, I will get back to the tea next week, I just needed a break.
Thanks for reading today, please join me tomorrow for What to Buy Wednesday which could be called something else by the time tomorrow comes around as that's the way I'm rolling (not really, I will behave).
Take care now.
It's been an exciting week and I have been having a lot of brews in these fabulous mugs. They were a little birthday pressie to me and my new shop and have been used quite a few times.
I have been drinking mostly tea as it is my favourite drink but I find the sachets of latte and cappuccino coffee are ok from Aldi. You do have to make sure they mix well, otherwise you may be trying to drink big blobs of powder and that doesn't taste good. I find you just have to mix it all together with a little water first to make sure it is mixed well then pour the rest of the water in. You see there is always a bit of technique with these things.
I have to have a brew while I'm busy or taking a little break.....kettle is always on if your passing through the craft village at Markeaton Park in Derby. Failing drinking my pour excuse for a latte, you can visit the lovely cafe nearby on the park called The Orangery, they do a proper brew and food too. I did review this place back in 2017 before Suzy Blues so you can get a little read of that here a-fruity-delight-in-markeaton.html
If you would like to keep up to date with what is happening at my little shop then give my page a like on Facebook here www.facebook.com/suzybluesflowers/
So I'll carry on having my brew and selling flowers, what a combination but it is lovely so pop and see me sometime. I will be back for What to Buy Wednesday tomorrow but for now you all take care.
Oh yes I had to have my brew yesterday in Derby Royal's Accident and Emergency Department yesterday and a fine brew it was, just what the patient needed. I'm a bit surprised that I only had the one but I was so conscious of drinking lots of brews, needing the toilet and then missing my name being called out.
I was trying to be so well organised yesterday and planned to drop all my flowery stock off early at the shop. This went so well until I had a bit of a fight with a big gate and the gate seemed to want to cuddle my little finger. A bit squashed and cuddled far too much it was so I decided to take myself down to A&E to have it checked.
I was so glad of a nice brew and bless the ladies at the League of Friends Tea Bar for being there with a friendly face and lovely service. It beats a boring old vending machine, those big metal things won't smile and say 'is that too strong for you?' No it wasn't too strong it was a perfect brew and the best thing I had seen in the last three hours of waiting.
You get so used to faces and people popping in and out while waiting around. it's not something I do that often, in fact I think it was the first time I have ever walked in to A&E. I probably waited a little longer than I should as I didn't get booked in properly but hey when I did I received tip top treatment, bless our NHS and everyone who works there.
I came away with just a slight tiny fracture and a bit of swelling but it will be all back to normal in a couple of weeks. What a day though and so different to the one I had planned, in fact it was my one day off. Just goes to show you never know where you're next brew is coming from or where you will be drinking it.
Take care everyone and I will be back tomorrow for What to Buy Wednesday.....join me then.
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