CBBH Photo Challenge: High Tea and ‘Food Glorious Food’.

Food is the subject of Marianne’s CBBH Photo Challenge this month. When I look back at my blog and Facebook posts, I’m amazed to realise just how often, food features in my photos. I remember saying long ago, that life would be much simpler if we could rather take nutritional pills every day, instead of having to think of what we were going to cook, and then having to clean up the kitchen afterwards. Over the years, my attitude to food and cooking has changed drastically, and I now really enjoy dreaming up tasty meals and baking scrumptious desserts. Eating well, is one of the great pleasures of life; don’t you agree?

Hubby’s early Father’s Day present from our daughter, required absolutely no effort on my part. It was a gift voucher for ‘High Tea’ at our favourite 5 star hotel just up the beach. He did wonder why I had laid his clothes out on the bed, and told him to get out of his shorts and T-shirt, and to be dressed by 2pm, but I managed to keep the venue a secret until I chauffeured him through the gate, and then presented him with the magic red envelope.


High Tea at The Oyster Box Hotel is renowned for its sumptuous treats, from freshly baked scones, pastries, quiches, cakes, finger sandwiches, spicy savouries and extensive cheese platter. It’s not an occasion to be hurried, so a leisurely afternoon of sheer indulgence was on the cards for the two of us. (Click on any photo to see the drool-worthy images.)

Duke Orsino said in Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night, “ If music be the food of love, play on; give me excess of it, that surfeiting, the appetite may sicken and so die. That strain again! It had a dying fall. Oh it came upon my ear like the sweet sound that breathes upon a bank of violets; stealing and giving odour. Enough, no more! ‘Tis not so sweet now as it was before.”

I was reminded of this quote, as I listened to the piano player who ‘tickled the ivories’ that afternoon. He wasn’t the usual pianist, and I suspect, may have been one of the waiters who had been roped in to help out. Being a pianist myself, I do hear every note that is played, and I’m sorry to say that he sounded to me like a beginner, practising playing by ear. He started off with a few bars ofΒ  ‘I’m In The Mood For Love’, which then progressed into a very abbreviated version of Beethoven’s ‘FΓΌr Elise’, which inexplicably morphed into ‘I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus’. We had lots more bits and bobs of various songs, as well as some very obvious wrong notes. It was so awful, but very entertaining too, and gave me a few chuckles. He looked so intense and really was trying his best, so I decided not to shoot him, even with my camera. LOL!


For my Blog Hop this month, I would like to recommend that you visit, Tina at http://travelsandtrifles.wordpress.com/. Her photos are out of this world, and I know you’ll really enjoy her ‘Extra Special Destinations’ post.

My second recommendation, is LuAnn at ‘Paintyourlandscape’. She and her husband Terry are full-time RVers from the Midwest, and I just know that you’ll love tagging along with them on their fascinating adventures to really interesting and beautiful places.

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93 comments on “CBBH Photo Challenge: High Tea and ‘Food Glorious Food’.

  1. Ah, what a feast for the eyes, and ears, and palette. My favorite-est part of all is the tea set. Isn’t that gorgeous? πŸ™‚

    Belated Happy Father’s Day to your husband. πŸ™‚

  2. Sylvia is a Foodie. Sylvia is a Foodie. πŸ˜€ I forget about anything – calories, norms and manners, the napkins, when there’s a food set up like that. Looks very inviting. I really love that reminder of not shooting the piano player. Makes me πŸ™‚ every time.

  3. When I read about your adventures and your time with family, I can’t help but think that yours is a true love story. Beautiful photo of the two of you. No need to wonder if hubby had a great Fathers’ Day. You seem to have outdone yourself Sylvia. Thank you so much for the mention. Have a lovely week!

  4. You know when you’re like a headless chicken and want to run in 6 directions at once? That’s me! πŸ™‚ I haven’t seen Marianne’s post yet or Tina 😦
    I would say I’m going in the opposite direction and I get less interested in food, Ad, and certainly in its preparation, but you’ve done us proud here (and your husband!) The photos are superb and what a swanky venue. I might just have a small piece of that chocolate cake after all πŸ™‚

  5. What a wonderful Father’s Day present from your daughter Sylvia, I can see that you both had a fairly okay time, haha πŸ˜‰ Glad you didn’t ‘shoot’ the piano player…and as for food, this all looked very sumptuous. I get so fed up having to cook and think up things to make. Maybe one day I’ll get back to enjoying it again like you… πŸ™‚ xx

  6. Now that’s my sort of afternoon — in my dreams. Calling out to Hubbie now, “Dearest, I wouldn’t mind going out for tea sometime soon. I might even change out of my jeans to do so!” (The main reason for changing out of my jeans, being to make sure my waistline isn’t constricted by tight clothes, but I won’t tell him that bit πŸ˜‰

  7. What a lovely Fathers’ Day gift, Sylvia – made all the more special because you could share it with him πŸ™‚ I’ve always fancied one of those 5* Afternoon Teas, but somehow have never got around to it.

    I always enjoy looking at Tina’s photos – she’s a great photographer, and you’ve also pointed me in the way of a new blogger to me in the form of LuAnn. Thanks for that πŸ™‚

  8. Funny, yet beautiful and resplendently magnificent. post. How do you both stay so slim! I am struggling with mere chocolate chips out of a bag added to my low fat yogurt and berries and protein powder, chicken tortilla soup with lots of cilantro, broccoli, brown rice and a touch of sharp white cheddar cheese. Whatever would I look like after sampling all the amazing things you show? You do post a lot about food, S, and yet your pictures… Let me just say, are not fair! So funny about the music man! That would be me! Long story I should tell you sometime. πŸ™‚ Lots of love M πŸ™‚

  9. Well I laughed out loud at this one, which was really well-written! I too have had incredible high tea at some amazing places, most recently at a 5-star restaurant in Shanghai. Who would expect such a truly-British experience there?! But the scones, finger sandwiches, sweets etc were amazing and totally decadent. For me, since I try hard to be a healthy eater, it was a bit over the top, but sometimes you just have to let go! Loved your comments on the poor piano player too :-). Thanks so much for the “hop”!

  10. Now if this is tea I can only imagine what a full on meal looks like! Love your sense of humor about the piano player and his morphing melodies. Happy to her no ‘shooting’ went on. Can really change the mood of a Father’s Day celebration. πŸ™‚

    • Hehehe. Yes, I could never shoot a pianist on Father’s Day. It’s just not in my nature. πŸ™‚ This is the same hotel where we had the Curry Buffet for hubby’s 70th birthday in May. That was quite something too.

  11. What a lovely way to celebrate Father’s Day. Sweet and savoury food, looks like there was way too much to choose from. Very generous of the venue to actually provide a few cakes. Sampling them all would be tough. Did you have a favourite? If I were there, I would be very tempted to hide a few small bits and pieces of the buffet in my purse to take home πŸ˜€

    • Thanks so much, Mabel. I think my favourite, was the chocolate cake, although it’s quite hard to choose, as everything is so delicious. I wished I could have taken some of the things I didn’t try, back home with me for later. πŸ˜€

  12. Looks like a lovely way to spend an afternoon πŸ™‚
    I did afternoon tea for my mother-in-laws birthday treat last year. We sat out in the garden and used my Granny’s old china….I loved more than she did I think!

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