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At the start of every month, we offer you a short list of pleasant activities to inspire you; some are focussed on afternoon tea, some not.

Herewith five suggestions for June 2014.


Nothing says summer like an outdoor festival

miltonCoachella, Lollapalooza, the Calgary Stampede, Tanglewood, Ravinia, the Edinburgh Festival, the Galway Oyster Festival … We love them all, but our favourite is the kinder, gentler cousin to the blockbuster festivals – the humble street festival. The warmer weather seems to mobilize entire communities to frolic and show off in public. On 07 June, we will be attending the Milton Street Festival in Milton, Ontario, where we’ll enjoy local community groups, buskers, artisans, street vendors, the imaginative Kidz Zone and the live entertainment. Did we mention a special visit to the local tea rooms too?


Father’s Day is 15 June

Fathers day sconesSpend time with Dad. Talk. Reminisce. Take a walk. Treat dad to classic English scones. Lather scones with genuine, imported Devon Clotted Cream and preserves. Eat. Talk some more.

Back by popular demand – our sold out Mother’s Day Brunch Tradition of Classic Scones, Devon Clotted Cream and Preserves – is reprised for Father’s Day.

Avoid disappointment. Place your order Today for GTA delivery on Sunday 15 June. Twelve Scones, Devon Clotted Cream, Preserves, suitable for 6-8 Guests; $25.95 + taxes, delivery.


Thank the teacher. Celebrate the grad

Tea and cookies of the month

Photo credit: Jenn Borsuk, http://bakeandbemerry.wordpress.com

No one can influence a young mind to aspire and achieve as a good teacher. Show your appreciation with a truly great gift – a Tea and Cookie of the month subscription. A gift that truly says “Thank you” over and over.

And don’t forget to celebrate the grad with a personalized tea tray from Simply Splendid Victorian Afternoon Teas.



 Tea in the garden

tea in the Garden

Linen-clad garden tables take a Downton Abbey allure. Ladies in hats nail the look. Sandwiches splendidly prepared, trimmed and quartered tease you into believing you’re at Downton Abbey. Tea cakes and classic scones conjure visions of Mrs. Patmore. Transport yourself and your guests to another era. No time machines required.



Photo credit: Toronto Zoo

Photo credit: Toronto Zoo

Summer can be a good time to channel your inner child

Visit a local zoo and let the animals and their antics awe you … again, just like when you were a kid.

Modern zoos house animals in penned, natural environments so the animals live their lives with wild abandon and without inhibitions. Modern zoos are also great places to hike as most are laid out over vast acres of land. Some zoos we recommend: Toronto, Taronga, Berlin, Bronx, Washington, DC, Copenhagen, Singapore and the Durell Wildlife Park in Jersey, Channel Islands.