Friday, 31 January 2014

Afternoon Tea

I decided to treat myself to afternoon tea yesterday. It was cold and wet outside and I always find baking cheers me up. 
 A homemade Victoria sponge,
 a cup of Earl Grey tea
 and a pretty vintage embroidered tablecloth.
I sandwiched the sponge with my homemade blackcurrant jam made from fruit grown on my allotment last summer
 and freshly whipped double cream.
 I bought the vintage glass cake stand from a charity shop a few years ago for a few pound
 as well as the pretty green and gold cup and saucer.
The 'Royal Albert' side plate was another find and shows the very pretty'Greenwood Tree' design.
The sponge recipe can be found here and always turns out well 
 I found the white linen tablecloth & the vintage embroidered tablecloth in a local charity shop a couple of weeks ago for £1 each. I'm so glad I popped in!
 Every time I look at the beautiful embroidery I think of all the hours of work that's gone into it.
Time for another cup of tea I think.
Hope you find time to cosy up this weekend and relax.


  1. Oooh What a lovely post, Beautiful cake, I make my own jam too, its so much nicer..such a pretty tablecloth and vintage china..yes please Earl grey milk, no sugar perfect
    Thea xx

  2. Making my mouth water Jacqui but will have my tea a bit stronger.

  3. Jacqui, your tea time is just perfect! I would love a piece of your delicious cake pleases : )
    I love the tablecloth, I do enjoy seeing and appreciating all the work and how lovely they are. The cake stand too is beautiful as well as your wonderfully green colored tea cup. I love that shade of green. The luncheon plate is dear too. You have found many treasures for a good bargain. Yay! It all works together for a very nice tea.

  4. Perfect! May I come to tea.......?
    Julie xxxxxxxxx

  5. Such a lovely afternoon tea to have! Love your beautiful vintage tablecloth!! Wishing you a sweet day! xo Heather

  6. Beautiful! And there's nothing like a good Victoria sponge, is there?! ;-)

  7. How lovely! It all looks so perfect and calm and cosy, with your beuatiful home-baked cake filled with homemade jam, pretty glass and china and gorgeous embroidered vintage cloth!
    beautiful photos too, i hope you enjoyed your tea and cake Jacqui!
    Gill xx