One day last week I found myself at a loose end. I had no preparation to do for my upcoming shows on Create and Craft. All work and no play makes Jill a dull girl…
And why not, I thought to myself. After all, the house was passably tidy, that is, if I didn’t focus too hard on certain surfaces and I didn’t raise my eyes towards the enormous and embarrassing cobweb growing from the corner of the kitchen ceiling. I’d done a big supermarket shop a couple of days ago, and it was much too wet and cold to do any gardening. So it was playtime!
I got in touch with a long standing friend and luckily she was also free, so we arranged to meet up in a lovely café we both like that is conveniently close to her house.
I love this place; it’s just perfect. It’s the sort of place that is always busy, and that creates a nice atmosphere, but never seems to be too crowded and bustling. It’s a great place to relax and chill out.
The staff are always welcoming and friendly and it’s one of those cafes that specialise in cake, cake and more cake. Ooh, and lovely Earl Grey tea…
It’s great to walk in there out of the Winter wind and rain and feel the warmth wrap itself around me like a cosy duvet, while the lovely smells wafting from the kitchen never fail to make my mouth water.
It was lovely to meet up again and have a girly catch up with my friend. When I’m with her I can never complain about being too busy, as she would just laugh at me. Not only does she have a full time job but she is also a mother of four! I don’t know how she does it! Well, I don’t know how she does it and still manages to keep smiling!
As this café is a Cake Paradise, it’s easy to go over the top. We all have to be healthy and watch our waistlines these days, and with that in mind my friend and I decided that a good way to watch our calorie intake was to only eat one cake each… that is, to only eat one cake each at a time!
There was almost too much choice and it all looked so delicious, but eventually I made my selection. It’s a dirty job but someone has to do it, as they say…
The afternoon flew by, as I knew it would. We had a laugh and we set the World to rights and departed with our usual promise to ourselves that we must do this more regularly.
In the evening I managed a quick chat with my youngest daughter, who was keen to tell me about one of her first ever shifts working as a general assistant at the Royal Albert Hall. She was really excited to land this part time job as a way of helping to fund her student lifestyle. She told me she almost bumped into Prince Harry… literally! She was walking along one of the many corridors and turned a corner quickly. Coming towards her, equally quickly, was Prince Harry. Apparently his visits to the venue are kept top secret and known only to a trusted few. My daughter was completely taken aback, and was rendered absolutely speechless. She stepped aside so His Highness could continue on his way and was met with some stern looks from his bodyguards!
No chance of a Royal Selfie then!