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At the start of every month, we offer you a short list of pleasant activities, some focussed on afternoon tea. Herewith five suggestions for July 2013.

It’s summertime and the living is easy

agoodhome_cynthiareyesNothing expresses this ethos like reading a really good book in the garden or at the beach. Our fave for July is Cynthia Reyes’ A Good Home.

It’s a memoir of growing up in Jamaica and coming of age in Canada  – a memoir whose simple style, lyrical prose and defining characters will provide you with hours’ worth of grinning from ear to ear as you recognize events or characters from your own past; with out loud laughter at some of the antics and quirks and also with occasional tears when sadness strikes.

A must read; available through bookstores worldwide and online at amazon.comamazon.cachapters.caamazon.co.uk and barnesandnoble.com.

And yet another notable aspect of this splendid season is the music, culture and assorted festivals that entice us out of doors. Find out what’s happening where you live, pack a picnic lunch and take in a local festival.

Go ahead, let your hair down and sing along if you want!

Unknown-1Start to plan your very own Royal Christening Afternoon Tea menu.

The Duchess of Cambridge’s due date is Saturday July 13 – but who knows if the Heir to the Throne has a mind of her/his own.

The minute the Royal Birth is announced, we will post our simply splendid Royal Christening Afternoon Tea menu to our website.

Both Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles had afternoon teas after their christening; if anyone has the scoop on what sort of collation was offered at Prince William’s christening, please send us a comment.

DanielleAnother good thing about summer is afternoon tea in the garden; so go ahead and bake our classic scones, make a few watercress sandwiches, warm up your Brown Betty, set out the china cups and saucers and invite friends for a good natter and a fine cup of tea.

Hats and pearls optional!

What could be finer?

And finally, check out our Tea and Cookie of the Month Club for all your hostess gifts this summer.