I hope you have been having a wonderful week. Mine was quite busy – full of Christmas decorating, reading, baking, a Remembrance day ceremony, AND a visit from an old friend. A week full of all things wonderful. It was oh, so lovely!
My friend, Cathryn, has been a friend of mine since our early teenage years. We met at a Bible camp one Summer and have been able to keep in touch ever since. Even though we lived an hour apart, despite the busyness of life, we would always manage to see each other a couple times a year. She’s one of those friends that no matter much how time has passed, we manage to pick up right where we left off. We’re quick to make each other laugh, and at the same time we’re able to have serious, meaningful conversations together. It also really helps that we share a common faith. We’re able to ask each other those tough life questions. You know, the ones that are hard to talk about. She’s been such an encouraging friend,; faithful to pray for me, and always willing to lend a listening ear. She’s a great gal! 🙂
It made me feel so special that she was willing to drive so far to come see me just for the day. So prior to her visit, I wanted to find a great place for us to have lunch at and catch up, and I came across this tearoom called English & Miller. We both share a love for tea and all things elegant and tea related, and it looked perfect! It’s located in downtown Barrie and has a gorgeous location complete with a view overlooking the Kempenfelt lake.
English & Miller is a fabulously modern styled British tearoom café and gallery /gift shop. The service was both prompt and friendly. We enjoyed sandwiches with a salad and OF COURSE scones with Earl Grey tea. Our scones were smothered in butter, clotted cream and jam. It was SO great :). The ambiance there was cozy, warm and inviting and
it’s no surpriseI loved their Christmas décor!
We decided to browse the gift shop afterwards and it was chock -full of unique housewares and gifts. There was art, books, games, children’s toys, jewelry and cards galore! I especially loved the Downton Abbey paraphernalia. I scored a rusty (vintage looking) “N-O-E-L” ornament for my tree, along with some delightfully smelling soap for my apothecary jar in our bathroom.
Afterwards we continued to peruse some of the shops in the quaint downtown area. We continued our visit over more Earl Grey, chatting about our blogs, blog topics, and our blogging journeys. Things really got interesting when I went to reach for a pen, accidently knocking over my (3/4 full) cup of tea! After QUITE the clean up (I put both milk and sugar in my tea. Can you say SAD STICKY?!), the brainstorming over our blogs continued while watching reruns of an ol’ favourite. Nothing says a “relaxing afternoon” more than Gilmore Girls.
Cathryn has asked me to write a guest post for her blog, Beloved. It was a great visit; full of laughs, tea, blogging, window shopping and Gilmore Girls. This is the stuff friendship is made of 😉 ! I cannot wait to go back to that wonderful tea room, and I’m so blessed to have a friend like her in my life. I always look forward to our next meeting. My prayer for you is that you have someone in your life that means this much to you and that you can truly be yourself with.