In 1861, during the reign of our sovereign - Queen Victoria (curtsey please!), Mrs Isabella Beeton’s most treasured creation – Beeton’s Book of Household Management was first published. And as nature intended, she flourished into the worlds-greatest teacher of all things ‘domestic and culinary’.
In fact, Mrs Beeton’s been hailed as ‘the grandmother of the modern-day domestic goddess’ – but frankly my dears, I beg to differ! As clearly, due to her untimely farewell via the Pearly Gates, the honourable title of ‘godmother’ is a far more suitable fit – Concur?
I excitedly present Whimsical Winnie – round of applause, please!
Well, I say, Winnie or Wynette, but you may address her by Your Majesty – curtsey please – is immensely charismatic; and bursting with buoyancy!
Oh, and she’s blessed with magical ‘green fingers’ – just one teeny-weeny touch of a seed, and hey presto it’s blossomed into an abundance of fruit or vegetables! And of course, I’m always chuffed to receive a hamper of Winnie’s harvest from her bountiful allotment at Fulham Palace Meadows where she’s been a plot holder since 1996.
First off, my apologies for the slight delay in publishing my frightfully spiffing experience about Somerset Day, Bishops Lydeard, Taunton – which took place at the village hall on Saturday 12th May.
“But what the heck is Somerset Day?” I hear you utter! Well, it’s a DAY that celebrates Somerset as a place to live, work or play – Hear, hear! In fact, you’ll be pleased to know that this wonderful event raised money for St Margaret’s Somerset Hospice and Greenway Community Hall – round of applause, please!
Mrs Simkins and I have joined together in ‘matrimony’ – Ha, ha, got you there! Of course, I meant to say the beauteous Meghan (real name: Rachel!) and dashing Harry (real name: Henry!) exchanged vows on Saturday 19th May 2018 and became the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – curtesy, please! Indeed, I wish them every happiness in their covenant of LOVE.
Moving on gracefully - to my spiffing collaboration with Mrs Simkins! You see, to complement her scrumptious Lemon and Elderflower Butterfly Cakes, which tastefully mirror the married couple’s glorious wedding cake of lemon and elderflower sponge decorated with Swiss meringue. I sourced an extra special tea created by Fortnum and Mason of London – The Wedding Bouquet Blend – which commemorates the marriage of Miss Windsor’s royal counterparts!
Before I saturate your taste-buds with my ‘tea-tastic’ review about Miles Berry Berry Loose Leaf Tea - merchants of the finest tea and coffee from the West-Country since 1888 - I wish to share a few riveting details about how I spent my first ever British National Tea Day.
Well, I dare say, it was a real blast! In fact, it was a joint celebration of the regal and tea drinking kind, as our darling sovereign - Queen Elizabeth II turned 92 years old – GOD SAVE THE QUEEN!
You see, darlings, the queen has been sipping tea from a cup and saucer of the ‘priceless’ variety for decades upon decades, but one wonders what brand of tea does she actually favour? So, if you have an ‘inkling’ of a clue, please do let me know – Much obliged!