Monday, 9 May 2022

Magical Moments

 It has been a dream from when my three daughters were at university that we would one day meet up and a have afternoon tea at The Ritz.  Last week the dream came true, the family flew me down to London where we had the celebration tea.  We were treated like royalty, the decedent surroundings, gold plate everything and silver tea settings were a true feast for the senses.  I have many photos that I can look back on to relive such an amazing experience.  It was a joy to share with my three very loved daughters my excitement for such a simple pleasure.  Afternoon tea...who knew that a simple sandwich could taste so good.  Each sandwich, a different bread adding to how the stand looked visually as each piece was a different colour.  Each tiny morsel melting in your mouth.  The waiters in all there finery/livery were so attentive which just added to the experience.  Next came the scones plain and fruit with jam and clotted cream.  I am a great fan of a scone and these did not disappoint.  They were light and delicious just what you would expect from such an establishment, yummy!  Onto the top tier of the cake stand and those cakes and pastries were a delight.  Finally out came a celebration cake where a fruit cake was delivered to the table with such pomp and ceremony.  To finish the cake trolley delivered another selection of cake.  It was an afternoon that I will never forget and fulfilled a dream for our little family.  Simple pleasures, surrounded by love and very happy.  Magical moments.

Sadly I am unable to upload the photos for some reason but I will try again.  I would love to share them with you.

We did laugh when it was back to earth with a bump...travelling back using easy jet ( a budget airline)!

On the crafting front I am keeping myself busy.  Today I made a start on one of the project bags that I had prepared, making Christmas napkins ready for each of the girls.







I found the napkin rings in a little shop in Inverness, which I am sure will add to their story.  Such an attentive lady who wanted to please.

Another magical moment was a visit to the local craft fair, held in Sporsnis (Ness Sports Centre).  I met a beautiful lady called Charlotte who had a wonderful stall.  I fell in love with a hat that she had made and bought it on impulse.  It was her first sale, she was quite emotional and told me that any other hat of that design would be called Lorraine.  Under the circumstances, that was quite the legacy especially as I have such a love for hats.  That young lady will never know how much this means to me but I certainly wish her well in hew new venture and hope she does well.


I will close for now with a warm welcome to new followers.  I hope you find love and hope in some of my adventures through life.

As always I thank you for your visit and your supportive and uplifting comments.

See you soon.




31 comments:

  1. What a wonderful outing! Many many years ago my husband took me to tea at the Ritz, and it was very splendid. Lovley memories.

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  2. What a thrilling outing Lorraine! I am so happy for you that your dream came true. It sounds like you had an absolutely wonderful time. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this description of your emotive tea party with your daughters. I so hope you’ll be able to upload some photos. Hugs. Amanda x

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  3. What a lovely thing to happen. Just absolutely wonderful for all your family. Looking forward to seeing your photos. Praying for you and your family.

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  4. I'm so glad that you and your 3 daughters made your dream come true. Having tea at the Ritz sounds wonderful. Many years ago we had tea at the Empress Hotel in Victoria and even that was a great experience.
    I admit that I teared up when I read about your newest hat. What a sweet story.

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  5. It's so lovely you and your daughters had such a great time having tea at the Ritz. And your Lorraine hat is beautiful.

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  6. Your afternoon tea sounds wonderful. And, oh that hat! Beautiful!
    Love and prayers x

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  7. Daughters and afternoon tea seem to go together. A lovely memory for you all.

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  8. Wonderful to have your three daughters with you for such a memorable time. I hope you have success with uploading your pictures. Would love to see them. Your hat is lovely. White with that green velvet band is what I would have wanted too.

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  9. Your tea sounds wonderful, and I bet the photos are simply lovely. Hugs and love from Pennsylvania.

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  10. Tea at the Ritz sounds like heaven. What a wonderful treat to share with your daughters! I hope you can upload those photos. That hat is pretty. I like the napkins too. I really have to make some.

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  11. Oh my gosh. That last story brought tears to my eyes. You're right, she probably doesn't realise what joy she brought you.

    The tea sounds amazing. What a really special treat. You are making amazing memories and having a great time with it!

    Thinking of you x

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  12. Gosh, I hope those pictures load. What a magical day with your daughters! The hat is just lovely. What a wonderful post. Keeping you in my thoughts.

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  13. How lovely to enjoy tea at the Ritz. Your excitement comes through in all the details you've shared. Memories to treasure.
    The hat story is so sweet. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

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  14. How wonderful - you must have felt like you'd walked into a scene from Downton Abbey. It sounds SO refined - no crusts on the sarnies I bet!! Glad you have lots of wonderful photos and memories to treasure. Love those Christmas napkins, and the hat is wonderful. The only hats I wear are fleece or woolley ones in winter! That's very debonair.

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  15. What a fantastic trip, such a treat not only to go to The Ritz but to have everyone in the same room to enjoy some time together. I love the hat, you must have made the seller's day, let's hope she sells many more Lorraine's, what a lovely idea. Take care.

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  16. Wow - the Ritz. How absolutely fantastic. I'm glad you had such a wonderful time.

    I love the Christmas napkins, they are so beautiful. xx

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  17. What a special Motherday !! You gave me an idea, next time I will be in London I will offer to myself a tea in The Ritz ! I hope you will manage to show us some pictures !
    I don't like hats on my head very much, but everybody says that I have a head for a hat !

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  18. The Ritz sounds fabulous and I'm so glad that you fulfilled that dream. I too love hats and that one is absolutely gorgeous. Love the idea of the Christmas napkins and I am stealing the idea for my son and his wife. Gentle hugs for you sweet lady. xx

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  19. I'm very happy that you had a special time in London having tea at The Ritz with your daughters. I can imagine the beautiful surroundings as I have an illustrated book that captures the elegance of the rooms. Best of all was enjoying your daughters' company, I'm sure. I hope you can upload photos of your memorable outing. I love your napkins. The patterns and colours are pretty. You'll enjoy wearing your new hat. Sending my love, Linda.

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  20. Truly magical moments...Breaking routine is what makes memories...Your daughters had a great idea !
    Your hat is lovely ! Use it :)
    Lovely rings and napkins !
    Have a shinny day !
    Hug
    Anna

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  21. Sounds like a wonderful experience and to be treasured.I love your crafting you are so clever.I do read your posts and am thinking of you daily.Huge Hugs.xx

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  22. Oh Lorraine, afternoon tea at The Ritz with your three daughters certainly would make for magical moments. It all sounds so special. You know, I did not know that you have three daughters. All this time I've thought you had two daughters. Your new "Lorraine" hat is wonderful. What a nice compliment to have a beautiful hat named after you. I've always loved hats but never had the nerve to wear one.

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  23. I love the hat story. Wish I had a Lorraine of my own.

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  24. Oh what a wonderful experience Lorraine. My daughters took me there for my 50th.

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  25. Tea at the Ritz with your girls sounds fabulous. And the hat you bought on a whim is so cute. Wear it! How neat that the maker will name future creations like that Lorraine.

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  26. How wonderful to spend this time with your daughters. You are loved.

    I was very sorry to read about your report from the GP. You have my most heartfelt well wishes and I am praying for you.

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  27. I have never experienced an afternoon tea since I live over here but you have me wanting to find one :) I'm glad you were able to be with your girls and enjoy life's quiet moments!!

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  28. What a wonderful experience! Very special memories for you all. So glad you could enjoy this time together x

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  29. Yes, Lorraine, you really were treated like royalty on the outing to the Ritz and what a wonderful experience to be among family and enjoy such wonderful treats as well. The holiday napkins and the napkin rings will surely be treasured for many years by the lucky recipients, your family.

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  30. Beautiful sewing, and a fabulous story about your hat. So encouraging for Charlotte and kind to name her design after you xx

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  31. How wonderful to enjoy afternoon tea at The Ritz with your daughters, special memories :)

    All the best Jan

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