Apparently there’s been a bit of football on, but that’s passed us by here. But tomorrow Wimbledon kicks off, and that’s a fortnight I love.
Mainly because I love all the elements of Wimbledon, which in my book are champagne, Pimms, strawberries and afternoon tea. The tennis? Well, it’s quite a nice accompaniment to those things. And here’s a few things that might bring even more of a sense of occasion to the proceedings:
Ok, at some point there will need to be tea and cake. And as matches can go on for a bit (at least the good ones do) maybe stacking a few up on a cake stand is a good idea. I know it’s made for sharing, but it’s always best to be organised for the long haul! This Strawberries and Cream cake stand seems to sum up all the traditions of Wimbledon in a way that’s just calling out for scones, cream and cucumber sandwiches.
If it all gets too much and you need a break from a tense match, then maybe go wash up the cake stand. Which you’ll then need to dry up, with an appropriate tea towel. Of course there are official tea towels from the official store, but I rather like this one from Ray Stanbrook Prints instead, encompassing the many aspects of the district.
While you’re out there, you may as well put the kettle on for a cup of tea. And you’ll need something appropriate to drink it out of. I love this set of four vintage designs from the London Transport Museum Shop, which is one of my favourite museum shops. Love the elegance of the game as it’s depicted on these.
A pot of tea is probably appropriate, in case it’s a long match, and you’ll be needing a tea cosy to keep it warm. What could be more appropriate than a strawberry tea cosy?
And on the strawberry theme, if you wanted either strawberry jam for tea time, or as a gift, then I love this personalised strawberry and prosecco jam from Auntie Mims. Just try not to get through it all before the end of the fortnight.
By the end of the fortnight, let’s hope we are toasting at least one British success. You could do it with champagne, you could do it with Pimms, but I quite fancy something a little newer, but based on tradition. My choice would be the Sipsmith London Cup, just to ring the changes slightly. And if there’s no British success to toast, then I’ll make some anyway and toast the no doubt rightful champions.
Enjoy the Championships, it would be nice to think that it might be sunbathed rather than like the past couple of weeks. You know what rain means? That’s right, Cliff’s on standby!