Sister Date with a lovely afternoon tea, Oxford.
On the 1st of this month my little sister turned 17. To do it differently this year I decided not to buy her just an ordinary present, the usual piece of jewellery, clothing, etc, but I thought what with a lot of family issues going on we both needed time to spend together as sisters. As i’ve mentioned before in my London post, I find it hard breaking away from my littles, even for a few hours but days like these are good for me, and good for our sister relationship, our life long bond. It felt like a lovely little time out for me after feeling a little rubbish and a bit stressed out from the house move, having some time to just have a chat and laugh together was definitely needed all round. So, I had booked for us to have an afternoon tea together, wrote it in a little note for her to open in her card & she was thrilled and gave me a big hug & said that no one had done anything like that for her before – it was a lovely feeling knowing we were going to get our special day together!
I had booked us to go to the Oxford Randolph Hotel, but absolutely randomly it had caught on fire Friday night, the night before our booking. Poppi text me to say “oh, I don’t think we’re going now as it’s on fire!” I’m so glad no one was seriously hurt and even more thankful that we wasn’t there when it happened, scary thought. So I wanted to make sure we still had our day, we made it into town after all the traffic due to the aftermath of the fire, went to patisserie Valerie, only to realise they don’t actually do afternoon teas, so off to ‘The Grand Cafe’ we went. A little historical fact for you, The beautiful gold leafed building site is the first coffee house in England (according to Samuel Pepsy’s diary 1650)! (Read more about the history here.) The food was delicious, the only disappointing thing was that it didn’t come with the little cakes we were expecting along side the scones – piggy pants i know but i’m a sucker for cake!
Food aside, it was such a lovely time spent with her, we laughed so much that we cried, shared meaningful conversations, reminisced about certain memories, confided in each other and just had a blast.
We’ve made a point that it shouldn’t just be for special occasions, it’s something we want to do more regular now, and for it to be an ordinary thing for us to have our days like this.
All the rest of the images are from my phone.
Afternoon tea for two sisters.
We laugh uncontrollably when together, can you tell?
English breakfast tea for the win.
My face is cringe!
Our ‘tourist’ photos
Absolutely love this little shop called ‘The Pod Company’, so many nice things here.
This was so random, We were literally joking before we got i the shop that we were like a pair of tourists in our own home city, couldn’t find the cafe and looks like a baffled duo. I then flicked through this book and opened up on this page – the words made us giggle but couldn’t be more true.
Sister selfies (not sure where my eyebrows think they’re going but hey!)
Linking up with the lovely Katie at Mummy Daddy Me.