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The Joy Of A Perfect Coffee Shop & Tea Room

   Cafe's,Coffee,Coffee Ground,Coffee Machines   June 4, 2019  Comments Off on The Joy Of A Perfect Coffee Shop & Tea Room

On a recent trip over the pond to stay with relatives, I was struck by the lack of little tea shops where you can just pop in for that nice welcoming pot of tea or coffee – and the even more welcoming plateful of scones or tasty treats.   Where I…

When The Tea Shop Staff Suffer Melt Down

   Cafe's,Coffee,Coffee Ground,Coffee Machines   May 6, 2019  Comments Off on When The Tea Shop Staff Suffer Melt Down

I was helping out at a heritage property the other week – having a spare half hour, I accepted a collague’s invitation to join her for coffee in the newly re-opened tea rooms across the stable yard.   We had heard disturbing reports from others that the service was not as…

Senior Lunchers Are A Mine Of Information

   Cafe's,Coffee,Coffee Ground,Coffee Machines   April 3, 2019  Comments Off on Senior Lunchers Are A Mine Of Information

A group of senior citizens out on a lunch date can be an absolute mine of information.   I was out on a business lunch recently – happily awaiting the arrival of two colleagues when I overheard a group of ladies chatting about the wedding anniversary of an absent colleague ….

Discovering Moments Of Coffee Heaven

   Cafe's,Coffee,Coffee Ground,Coffee Machines   March 11, 2019  Comments Off on Discovering Moments Of Coffee Heaven

It really is quite beyond me why so many people see the need to wander along on their foot commute, carrying piping hot coffee . . . .  I used to work in the City and getting out at the stop after Farringdon station, making my way down Ludgate Hill,…

Plastic Junking Humble Teabag & Coffee Pods

   Cafe's,Coffee,Coffee Ground,Coffee Machines   February 3, 2019  Comments Off on Plastic Junking Humble Teabag & Coffee Pods

When I was growing up, there was a very certain lack of coffee in our homestead.  I don’t think it ever occured to my grandmother to invest in a coffee percolator or any other kind of coffee brewing device.  We had tea only.  I cannot recall the shape or colour…

Surprisigly Good Coffee In Hospital Foyer

   Cafe's,Coffee,Coffee Ground,Coffee Machines   January 4, 2019  Comments Off on Surprisigly Good Coffee In Hospital Foyer

I carried out a very big favour for an ancient relative recently.  She was desperately wanting to visit her son in a very big and famous teaching hospital some way off from she lives.  However, she so wanted to go and visit, she was almost crying down the phone, so…

Old School Kitchen Makeover Sharpens Memories

   Cafe's,Coffee,Coffee Ground,Coffee Machines   December 3, 2018  Comments Off on Old School Kitchen Makeover Sharpens Memories

I’ve been hiring out my house and hound sitting services lately.  It’s such fun – I get to visit all kinds of homes and sometimes I stay over for the duration of the owners’ trip.  It is cheaper for them to have someone stay over than to book two dogs…

Matching Colour Coffee Pod Excitement

   Cafe's,Coffee,Coffee Ground,Coffee Machines   November 5, 2018  Comments Off on Matching Colour Coffee Pod Excitement

When I was the personal private secretary to a very important chappie in the field of law, a few years ago, he tried to ingratiate himself with his new colleagues by providing a neat little coffee pod machine.  As it happened, he was just about the only person to actually…

From Percolator To Roasty Toasty Perfection

   Cafe's,Coffee,Coffee Ground,Coffee Machines   October 9, 2018  Comments Off on From Percolator To Roasty Toasty Perfection

I have been amazed at the take up of coffee machinery in local houses – when I first moved here some years ago, it was the thing to have a filter coffee machine, some folk clung on to their beloved coffee percolators, which were the smart forerunner.  They smelt fabulous…

From Smart Bone China To Builder’s Mug

   Cafe's,Coffee,Coffee Ground,Coffee Machines   September 14, 2018  Comments Off on From Smart Bone China To Builder’s Mug

One of the most interesting things about spending holidays with someone you used to work with but haven’t seen for many years – is how they seem to change and take on really surprising characteristics.  For example, a chum who, for all the years we worked together back here in…