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going glamping. again!

Friday, 11 April 2014

I can’t believe it is almost Easter. The year has gotten off to a very busy start for Cushion & Cake and I’ve noticed a definite change this year, my third year in business as a tearoom incidentally with lots more customers, getting busier every day. When work just keeps coming its hard to remember to take proper breaks. I thought I was really aware of when I needed to slow down but I’ve recently lost sight of this and have worked long hours and often 6 day weeks… so time for a treat. A bit of R&R and I found a great “glamping” site in Dumfries  Galloway. This is my second “glamping’ trip, the first being a stay in Roulotte Retreat in the Borders in 2012.

I can only manage an overnight at the moment so at the end of April, I’m going to stay in a little “pod” on Gorsebank Farm.

The pod is a simple little structure with beds inside, electricity and a stove. Some of the comforts your often miss with camping. What’s more is these little pods come with a hot tub! I plan to sit in the hot tub allllllllll evening to rest my tired legs after running around the tearoom.

I often look forward to having nothing to do. it is so rare that you can completely switch off from your work, particularly when you are self employed. I’ll gather up my favourite magazines, some music, some tasty treats, a cosy blanket with the fire pit roaring and I’ll be set for a restful night glamping.

Barcelona Tea & Cake

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Well I’m back from my hols in Barcelona. it was sunny, hot and most relaxing. A few days home now and I’m beginning to get used to NOT having a glass of Cava at lunchtime…

Anyway, back to work and jolly happy I am about it too. I did visit a couple of places in Barcelona for cakes as a bit of research, you know. Of course none were a wonderful as Cushion & Cake but I did love my visits to see how other people do the tearoom thing.

The cakes here at Art i sa near Placa Reial were super. Proper home baking with a great selection of teas too. I had cake for breakfast here one morning. A great way to start the day I say!

Next up was Barcelona’s very on C&C, Cup & Cake.

Two friends separately had recommended I visit this little place. It was small and cute, their specialty was cupcakes so I found myself once again breaking my fast with cakes although this time I stuffed a lovely big croissant into my gob before the yummy red velvet cup cake.

Both places had a really lovely vibe and it was nice to see the tea and cake culture in other countries and be inspired. No worries that I’d relocate to Barcelona though! In 34 degrees heat everyday it would play havoc with my butter cream!

Glamping at the Roulotte Retreat

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Now words cannot describe how good I feel after my break, glamping in Melrose in the Scottish Borders.

We stayed in a Roulotte, a French built caravan decorated in beautiful colours on a meadow near the Eildon Hills. The weather was fair, no rain but I didn’t care. I was looking for some serious time off to sleep, relax and get some fresh air. This pair Goosey & Lucy were our neighbours.

The male goose Goosey honked a lot and we were told never to turn our back on him because he’d chase us! I thought we’d just keep out of their way but when they came to the door, there was no avoiding him…

The roulottes were so cosy with a big bed and a wood burning fire, Stuart and played dominoes for hours one evening and it was lovely to have no phone, no T.V.

I managed to have some tearoom fun of my own and visited the Main Street Trading Companyon St Boswells main street. It was a dream. Bookshop, tearoom and vintage shop in one.

I loved the original signage outside the shop in gold paint.

Lots of beautiful books…

I enjoyed a slice of cake, which was really familiar! We must bake the same recipe for this blueberry cream cheese cake.

So back to work tomorrow, I’m looking forward to it and I’ll be a bit more presentable than the picture of me in my glamping gear.