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Hendricks Afternoon Tea at Park Plaza, Cardiff

Afternoon tea

As a rule of thumb I tend to stick to a fairly healthy diet but I have to say I too am partial to a little afternoon indulgence every now and then so when Park Plaza asked me to come along and try out their Hendrick's Afternoon Tea with some other lovely local bloggers I was excited at the prospect of not only a little bit if baby free time (possibly the 3rd social activity minus kids in the last year) as well as cheeky cocktail and decadent treats. 

John and I have actually had the Hendrik's afternoon tea before but it was slightly different as we tried out the Gluten-free option which is possible with this tea. The Park Plaza is situated right in the heart of Cardiff but as soon as you go through the doors you leave the stress and manic atmosphere of the city and step into a calm, stylish and peaceful environment. The afternoon tea takes place in The Laguna Bar and before sitting down we had a chat over a delicious cocktail made up by one of their highly experienced bartenders.

Park Plaza Cardiff

Once we sat down at the table laid out with tier upon tier of finger sandwiches and cakes we were introduced to the Hendricks brand with a little history to this fairly new British Gin which is produced in minuscule batches in Ayrshire Scotland. I have to say that G&T is one of my favourite summertime drinks so as you can imagine the teapot filled with Hendricks Elderflower Collins went down a treat accompanied with some thick cucumber slices. 

Sultana scones

On the first tier you have a selection of finger sandwiches including some locally source Severn & Wye smoked Salmon and Home Roasted Ham as well as two vegetarian options of Free Range egg mayonnaise and cress and cucumber, dill and cream cheese on a mix of white and wholemeal bread. Once the savouries are done you move onto the freshly baked warm sultana scones with cornish clotted cream and strawberry preserve.

Park Plaza tea

The third and final tier is by far the most indulgent with delicately handmade assortment of cakes and pastries. My favourites have to be the dainty French macaroons and Chocolate opera gateau which accompany the strawberry tart filled with champagne pastry cream and lime jelly topped with mint & cucumber Chantilly cream.

The whole experience feels a bit like a mad hatters tea party and adds a wonderful fun and more adult take on the standard afternoon tea especially with the Hendricks Elderflower Collins served in a special teapot and each tea cup having it's only individual quirky quote on the side plus after one or two cups you certainly will be feeling a little silly (in a good way) as well. This would be a perfect Valentines or even mothers day gift and is served daily in the Laguna Bar from 2:30-5:30 with what I think is a very reasonable price of £21.95 per person.


A little kitchen list

kitchen styling
Loving this simple kitchen styling by H&M

We are hoping to list our house on the market within the next month and I really want to bring a sense of simplicity to our kitchen and their are a few keys pieces I want to have to dress the space up as well as take with us to our next property. The one thing I learnt from my mother is to never leave things to chance - you need to show each space off to it's full potential and picking up a few key pieces can really do that. I have been eyeing up a classic flip clock for a while as well as this honeycomb style wine rack.

Simple Sunday interiors

I also plan to do a little bit of upcycling and these dipped painted stalls have given me some good ideas for our kitchen island seating area. Other small kitchen accessories I am loving at the moment and all cost under £10 is this simple ceramic mug, slate heart coasters and simple fabric storage box.

What is on your wishlist for your home?


This Homeschooling Life

weekend box

So this is coming to you a few days later than usual as we are still having some interesting sleeping patterns with our 11month old but for one thing I cannot believe we are already into our second month of the year! I love to look back and reflect on what we have been doing together as a family, the adventures we have been on and what we have learnt.

So what did January have in store for us?

Well for one we decided to be a little bit more organised this year - we are neither structured or unschooled when it comes to the way we home educate - we simply do what feels right and allow Mr A some control over what he learns, of course with lots of encouragement. We picked up a few things for him over Christmas to help with reading and telling the time and have continued our outdoor adventures despite the constant rain we have had in Wales.

explorers jacket

St Fagans
Watching the blacksmith at work

Our main highlights have included looking for animal foot prints at Dare Valley Park, watching the blacksmith make hinges at St Fagans, learning a little german with friends, having a fun day out exploring Newport, trying some yummy pastries at a new Danish bakery, exploring a part of the city we had not been to before and running wild along the coastline looking for fossils in Porthkerry.

We also did some colourful crafting sessions with our favourites being Mr A's version of a canal boat as well as learning about the Trojan horse and Troy through our weekend box. 

As we do so much throughout the month I sometimes find it hard to describe what it's really like in one blog post so I have decided to add a little vlog to my monthly Homeschooling roundup post and this month I am talking about what kind of things we are using at home to help aid our learning.

What I have really been enjoying lately though is the amazing community feel that comes with Home Education - some people seem to think that our children lack the opportunity to socialise and this is completely not true - my eldest see's his friends on average of three times a week for a couple of hours each time and it's equally an opportunity for me to relax with likeminded people, sharing ideas and putting the world to rights. Even in this little space myself and three other bloggers, Adele, Polly and Jessica have put together a monthly linkup to share the Home Ed love called This Homeschooling Life and I hope you can come and join in with your adventures

An InLinkz Link-up
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