31 December 2014

A Year of Adventures in Tea and Cake

Its only been a week since my last post, but by heck it's been a busy one! Last minute Christmas preparation, a fun and family filled Christmas day, my son's birthday (NINE! how did that happen?!), my birthday (and no one needs to know how old I am!), my blogs first birthday (and yes I'm aware tradition dictates I owe you a giveaway - it'll be up in a couple of days!) - with lots of food, films, board games and other fun things in between! 

Since I'm not *quite* ready to process new thoughts and organise new pictures I'll do what most of you seem to be doing today (Yup, I've been working my way through my Bloglovin' feed too!) - looking back at my 2014 and forward to 2015! 

Tea and Cake

My New Years Resolution, if you'd call it that, for 2014 was to enjoy lots of tea and cake and I think I definitely succeeded in this! One particular standout was the Wentbridge House afternoon tea - this one has ruined all afternoon teas for me since! 

cake tray wentrbidge house afternoon tea

And Bettys is always a treat - I made it to five of their six cafes this year..

Tea and scones at bettys

Though sadly they can't all be gems - this was also the year of the bizarre squirty-cream-scone, and the beautiful but not particularly edible Mad Hatters Tea Party.

I'm hoping 2015 will be chock full of amazing Afternoon Tea so if you have any recommendations I'd love to hear them in the comments! Yorkshire-based is preferable but I WILL travel for cake! 

Holidays

I was lucky enough to have a few great little getaways this year - including two brilliant weekends away with some of my most favouritist bloggers, one to Arnside and one to Osmotherley, staying in a brace of holiday homes available from Sykes Cottages. I also managed a short trip to Bruges, and a couple of lovely days in lovely Reykjavik - Iceland is such an amazing place! 

View from hallgrimskirkja in iceland

I have a thing or two in mind for prospective travels in 2015 so fingers crossed they work out! 

Blog Stuff

It's been an interesting year! I've loved rambling away here this year and I'm so happy and grateful that anyone goes out of their way to read my musings. I know there a few things I'd like to change about my blog in 2015 but haven't quite worked out the details of what and how - would love to hear any suggestions for improvement! Though for the most part I'm very pleased with how this year has gone, blog wise. I've had some amazing opportunities and worked with some brilliant brands, but most importantly I've made some truly excellent friends. I have all the love in the world for Tea Party Beauty's Hayley and Little Blonde Life's Sammie  - Simone, Jess, Dannie, Sharon, Corinne and Kellie are all completely awesome too and are so many people that I'll feel bad for missing out as I remember them! Not only some super ladies in this lot, but some of my very favourite bloggers. 

There's definitely a few other bloggers out there that I want to make my best buddies in 2015 - please come for tea and cake with me! 


Anyway, this is the last of my 2014 rambles! Just wanted to say a last big thanks for reading and hope you all have a Happy New Year! I shall be celebrating the changeover cosy at home with the remainder of the Christmas Chocolate, but would love to hear about your exciting NYE plans! 


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