I went for a lovely Afternoon Tea at The Tea Terrace in House of Fraser on Oxford Street today with my lovely book blogger buddies Daphne, Debbie, Caitlin, Faye and Caroline. I thought I’d bring along my camera as I’m one of those annoying people who enjoys taking pictures of their food. I’d only been for Afternoon Tea maybe three times before, so I was really looking forward to it. I had cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches, ham and tomato sandwiches, a fruit scone and an apple and cinnamon scone (with plenty of strawberry jam and clotted cream), lemon drizzle cake and peppermint tea – all delicious. As you can imagine, we were pretty full after eating, although that didn’t stop Caitlin trying to take us to McDonalds afterwards! We are already planning our next afternoon tea trip… so watch this space!
You may have seen a lot of people tweeting about Books Are My Bag, a wonderful campaign that launched yesterday to encourage people to use bookshops, over the past week. It was actually one of my New Year’s Resolutions to visit more bookshops and I have also been blogging about them for A Tour of London Bookshops. Here was my reasoning, back in January:
I rarely go to bookshops and I find that really sad because it’s one of my favourite things to do. I know books tend to be cheaper online and I know it’s more convenient, but it’s just not as fun. I’m going to attempt to buy the majority of my books in actual bookshops and I’m hoping to combine this with the below resolution [to blog about bookshops]. I’ll also enjoy supporting many different business, rather than just Amazon and The Book Depository, although no doubt I’ll still use them throughout the year, especially as I own a Kindle.
It really is as simple as that. I have nothing against shopping online – I completely understand why people do it, especially overseas – and I read many eBooks, but I also love bookshops. And they won’t exist unless people use them. I’m happy to say that this year, I’ve bought more books from bookshops than online (including eBooks!) and I’ve had a lot of fun doing it.