Marrakesh At Sunrise

I hadn’t really decided what I wanted to do for my birthday. It was one of those ‘milestones’ that often fill people with dread (the big 4-0 I believe they call it, in hushed tones) but I am a perennial optimist about each decade that steps forward.

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Plenitude – Afternoon Tea at Edensor Tea Cottage


Tucked away in the Chatsworth estate village of Edensor, the Tea Cottage is a lovely location for an afternoon tea. Parking at the tea room is limited but there is plenty of parking near by, and in a setting as picturesque as Edensor, a little stroll to the cottage is no bad thing.


img_8355With all the right ingredients for a quintessentially English afternoon tea; a selection of crustless finger sandwiches, plenty of delicious cakes, scones (with jam and cream of course) and Yorkshire tea. I particularly enjoyed the thick cut ham with whole grain mustard sandwich and the moist lemon drizzle cake.
img_8272For the price of £13.25 per person, Edensor Tea Cottage offers a delicious afternoon tea, and even a take away box for those cakes you can’t quite finish!

  • Review From Lady Convivial

img_8274I would have to agree on all accounts with Lady Viv, it was a most delightful day spent with the other ladies at Edensor Tea Cottage. We were spoiled with a plenitude of divine sandwiches (egg, ham, smoked salmon, cheese), scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream along with a cornucopia of desserts that were a feast for the eyes and the taste buds.

I also particularly liked the sandwiches as we are no wilting violets in this group and tackled the savouries with giddy delight. We had finally met our match in the cakes as I was deliciously over-faced with more confections then my poor stomach would allow. What a struggle to have though? Too many cakes! Marvelous!

img_8354All the ladies attempted to tackle all their allocated cakes – sharp lemon drizzles and devilishly rich chocolate cakes – but alas only a couple of us mastered the challenge but had to be wheeled out with a wheelbarrow by the end of it. Seriously though, the cake selection was both divine and ample. Lush darling! Simply lush!

img_8353Needless to say, we all ran out of room for the scones and took them home with us for next day treats. Quite a bargain for the price. A fulfilling experience in all but the service was incredibly poor. We had reserved a table for afternoon tea and were unsure about whether to wait for service at the table or go to the front, whether the afternoon tea was on its way or we were waiting to order. Some of us wanted soup before hand but didn’t have an option to get this beforehand which was perhaps a good thing considering the size of the feast that awaited us. It was a delightful afternoon tea but felt they fell down somewhat on service. That aside, I would definitely go again as the afternoon tea was a shining-star of a feast for ladies.

  • Lady Wordsmith


Now we have an extremely pressing question readers! The ladies broke out in a debate about this one….jam then cream or cream then jam?! We want your answers! What do you do?img_8351


Talking Scarlet presents Death Toll at Buxton Opera House.

Murder is easy….. Getting away with it is the hard part!!

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HARRY POTTER TOUR Pt. 3 – Yule Balls and Dressing Rooms

Feeling rather festive for the impending Christmas holis, I couldn’t help but review the Yule Ball pictures from the Harry Potter Studio Tour just outside of London the Ladies recently went and visited.

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HARRY POTTER TOUR Pt. 2 – The Great Hall

Absolutely giddy as we entered into the great hall, the ladies were awestruck by the gorgeous details all around us on the Making of Harry Potter Warner Brothers Studio Tour.

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HARRY POTTER TOUR Pt.1 – The Story Begins

We were like a couple of first year students at Hogwarts. We left our muggle personas at the door and followed the journey from the cupboard under the stairs to Diagon Alley, the Great Hall, the Knight Bus, visited Hagrid, took a potions class with Professor Severus, hung out for some time on the new Platform 9 3/4s, and entered into the magical and mystical world of Harry Potter with the Harry Potter Tour just outside London. The Ladies took on the Harry Potter Tour and our experience is now your experience. We welcome you to join us on one of the most magical adventures we have been on yet!

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