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One Last Jaunt in Cambridge

I was completely blessed with close friends in Ely. After joining the Ely Ladies Meetup group in April of 2014, I met my crew and will have lasting relationships with these special girls. And as it was time for me to move, we decided to spend a day just hanging out in Cambridge. While most of it centered around eating and drinking, we also made it over to the River to have a go a punting! When in Cambridge.....:)


Sunday Chat | II


Good morning on this Sunday! I hope things are gorgeous where you are. It's a lovely but warm day here in Ely. But with smells of coffee and bacon, plus a little breeze running through our 'new' house, the day is starting off quite nicely. So let's see, what's been going on.....

A Two Year Life

Two years. It can go by so quickly. Just think about it for a minute. What has the past two years brought to your life? What have you lost? More importantly, what have you gained? Let me ramble for a moment....



Sunday Chat | I


Welcome to a new little feature on The Healthy Passport! Things are always so busy and it's nice to have a good catch up chat sesh...don't ya think? A post just to ramble a bit, talk about life's going ons and what not and maybe a little sharing of some favorite things from around the web. So grab a cuppa and let's have a little chat!

Favorite blog reads
Unexpected Travel Moments- I'm still dreaming about those caprese skewers!
Feast with Sophie- She posted such a gorgeous eggplant pasta recipe! I really want to take the time one day to make my own pasta one day :)
Unlocking Kiki- Gorgeous photos...I've got to get to Iceland one day. Seriously
Small Towns & City Likes: Rachel is talking travel hacks and having a giveaway. Check it out!
The Overseas Escape: So happy that Margo has made it back safely to the States!

Page Updates
I've finally updated my Zeal page with lots of info if you are interested in fortifying your health! These days, just about any doctor will tell you that it is a good idea to have some sort of vitamin supplement. Well Zeal wellness does that and much more, so hop on over and have a little look see. I also added a Recipe page under the Healthy Living tab!

GMO Labelling
Did you catch my post I put on Facebook the other day? I love that GMO labelling is required here in the UK and I am actually pretty bummed about the situation in the States. Have you been following along with all the political mess surrounding it? I also read this great blog post from Lauren at The Bikini Experiment on GMOs that you might want to check out.

Garage Sale
Soooo, a couple of my friends and I decided to have a little garage sale....which is really quite rare in these parts! But we do have a nice sized American community in the surrounding areas and we thought we would be ok. We set out fairly late according to American standards at 8am. And for about two hours all we heard was crickets! (Well except for one of my sweet British friends :)) We ended up making a few quid but it definitely was not anything like having an American garage sale....especially in the South! Either way, chalking it up to another expat experience :) Oh! And we have sold our car, so that makes things a lot less stressful. The movers are coming soon and we are clearing things out. It's getting real.


Workout Recap
I posted my August goals the other day and most of them had to do with fitness. Well, I have kept on schedule this week and I am happy to say that my running days were excellent! I managed 17 miles this past week and I'm hoping to get another good long one in today....because it's #SundayRunday!! 

So that's my little ramble for today. What's up in your world?

22 Months an Expat


Well, more like 22 1/2 months eek! and possibly my last 'expaty catch up' post. It's easy to say that I have become quite comfortable with my life in England at this point. I love my town of Ely and I don't even notice that I'm American anymore (hehehe). But I thought it would be fun to take nostalgic look back at my 'Expat Checkup' from 3 months in. At three months an expat I was feeling a little bit lonely, I felt like I stuck out like a sore thumb and I was really having a hard time adjusting to life without a job. I was trying to keep a happy face but inside I was feeling like I might never feel comfortable in my new surroundings. In my 3 Month post, I made a list of my misses which were;

Our Last Big Adventure

So I guess I should just go ahead and say it....my lack of blogging has been completely due to my 'being in denial' about moving back to the States. I have been moping and procrastinating and moping some more. But after returning from Croatia, I feel ready to take on the remaining tasks to get us up and moving back to the States. So yay for determination! And I also am changing the blog around a bit. A new name will be coming shortly as well as we will no longer be abroad soon enough (for the time being). But let's not talk moving just yet....k?

So Croatia. What can I say? Our week in Croatia was literally the best week of my life. It was a stunning country and my favorite travel partner and I had an absolute blast! Before this trip, I thought Greece would always stand out as my favorite but Croatia rocked our socks off and is now miles above all of the rest (sorry Greece).



A Glamping Weekend in Devon

Ever since the first time I laid eyes on the British countryside I was in love. I remember giggling while on every drive we took in those first few weeks because every church or village that I saw looked exactly like a postcard. It was everything I imagined it would be and more. Friends, British postcards don't lie....the countryside is incredible. Sometimes I seriously just want to cry it's so beautiful. And this past weekend, we finally had the chance to immerse ourselves in it.

I have been an admirer of Canopy and Stars website for a while (if you haven't seen it, go check it out now!!) And I found a great little yurt on an organic farm that I thought would be right up mine and Van's alley. And I was 100% right.


A Sail with the Seals | Blakeney Point

I have been wanting to see the seals like for forever. And finally, Mr. Gunter agreed to take me! Blakeney Point is only about an hour and a half drive from Ely, so we hopped in the car Saturday morning and took off for a gorgeous drive through the English countryside. Side note: the countryside is really beautiful. I wish I could capture it for you all. We literally ride in silence just totally wrapped up in the gorgeous scenes.

Upon arrival in Morston, we ate an amazing lunch of seafood at the Anchor Inn before making our way down to the marina to find our seal tour boat. If you are ever in Morston, STOP HERE!


Repatriation | What I'm Excited About


Well hello there!! Remember me? It's Jamie...you know, I used to be a pretty active blogger, haha!! It's been a hectic few weeks...getting the pups all geared up to make the trip back to the States (more on that later) and just life in general! But now that they are gone and settled, I am hoping to get back into the swing of things. And plan our last few trips in Europe. Sad Face.

10Ks, Blogger Fails, and a little bit of Life

Hello friends! So the blog has taken a bit of a back seat as of late! Here is an attempt at an explanation :)

My First 10k




Sooooo, I ran a 10k yesterday!! I set a goal for myself and I accomplished it. Don't you love it when that happens? Ahh, sweet success! It was my first 10k ever and it was a bit intimidating but turned out to be an amazing day. And I'm writing all about it today on my fitness blog, Fit for Life. So hop on over and read all the deets.

Blogger Fails

Yep, hit that nail on the head this past weekend when I automatically posted a drafted blog post. Haven't done that in about a year! So sorry for that. I'm pressing 'revert to draft' on everything. Truth is, I've really been focusing on a lot of other things lately. Por ejemplo...
1.) I'm currently looking into starting some classes this summer (all chemistry bleh) in hopes of being able to apply for a Dietetics program next summer. Not another degree but just a DPD course plan, I love Psychology but I also love health and food and helping others understand nutrition. So, anyway...that's taking some brain power away from the blog.
2.) I've obviously been running and exercising a lot. 
3.) I've been spending a lot of time outdoors. Spring is really starting to show it's face here and I want to soak up every little beautiful moment that I have left in England!

plus...

Puppy Countdown



The puppies are leaving soon. Yes, I still call them my puppies and they are both 6. Oh, I am going to miss them like crazy! They both must be shipped home before the temps get too high, as they are both brachycephalic (snub nosed). While they will be getting spoiled with their grandma CiCi, I will be missing their sweet wiggles in the mornings. I have been getting all of their flights and things squared away and it's taking some time. They have got about a month left in England and then they will make their journey back to the States. Sad face.

So there's my exlpanation :)

Is your Spring getting hectic?

The Perfect Date Night


Spring is FINALLY upon us here in England. It has seriously taken forever, am I right?? Looking back at posts at this time last year, it was sooo much warmer! But as much as I have complained about it's shyness, I can't complain about the extra nights spent cozied up on the couch. Van and I are major couch potatoes in our free time. And soon those little date nights will be spent trying to stay cool instead of cozy!

18 Months in England


Well, I'm sitting here today on this rainy British Sunday, coffee cup in hand, reminiscing on the past 18 months. Wow. I can't believe it's been 18 months! Oh England, you've stolen my heart. I had to take a look back at my previous expat posts (again), and reread the struggles I was facing having just moved across the pond. While some days were hard at first, I knew I would get through them with time. But what I didn't realize was how much I would change in the process.

Living in England has changed Van and I in many ways. Knowing that our move back home is on the horizon, its hard for us to imagine returning to normal American life. Our daily habits and routines have been shaped into a more European way of living and I know we will once again have to readjust to a new way of life with the next move. But, living here has opened our eyes to so many things and I know we will hold onto these new views wherever we live. 

Lately | & A Walk Through Wretham Heath


Life lately in Gunterland

Upcoming Trip
With our impending move on the horizon, we have had to face reality. A move back to the States means we will be purchasing and paying for some major expenses. Like shipping the pups, purchasing two cars, and possibly buying a new house. I mean talk about anxiety! So I have had to drastically scale back our upcoming travels. Pout face.

One place that I knew I had to visit was Aushcwitz. I have been drawn to the history of the Holocaust and WWII since I first learned of it in school. So instead of a happy little weekend away, we are going to pay our respects to the victims and to see first hand what the most notorious concentration camp is like. Of course, Krakow will be a great experience but this trip is definitely different than our other happy little vacays.

But in a good note...y'all. The Euro and the Pound....seriously taking a dive! Which is amazing for us Dollar makers! When I booked our incredibly fabulous and low priced hotel a few months ago, the price was running about $110 a night. Now that the Euro is tanking, the hotel is only going to be costing about $88 a night! Talk about a win! So any tips for Krakow? Let me know!!




Running
Have you ever taken a look at my fitness blog? It's not much, but is a place where I like to ramble on about my workouts, healthy recipes (some incredible smoothies lately) and maybe finally seeing some abs!! I have really been on a roll with my health and fitness. So much so that I signed up for a 10k in April! I am super excited and super nervous. I don't think I have ever run over 5 miles before. But I am finally to a point where 4 miles is fairly easy....so I just got to push a little further! I feel confident and I think this may be the start of a new love for running. To my runner girls.....what's your favorite running shoe?



Job Search
I'm starting to get serious about the job search. Even though we still don't have the 100% answer saying 'you are moving to ____' we are pretty confident that we can go ahead and start making plans in our new home city. I mean we literally were given the 100% your moving to England a MONTH before we left. But I promise I will write about our new home when we are 100%! Anyway, I have seen some amazing jobs posted that I am going to apply for. If I have to move back home early, so be it. If the right opportunity came along, I would just have to do it. Ugh the struggles. But hey, what a dilemma!




Needing to Spring Clean
With said move upon the horizon, I am desperately needing to get on the ball and get rid of some things in our house. It's amazing how many things we accumulate. Having only been given a 10x20 shipping container to move over to England, there were some purchases that had to be made upon arrival. And of course, due to voltage differences, some items were necessary to buy over here. Such as a new TV, fridge, dryer, living room furniture, etc, etc. There is no way it will all fit back in the container! So my question to my English readers....what site have you found most effective to sell your items on? 




Wretham Heath
So where is this little walk that I have taken you on with my pups? It's Wretham Heath in Suffolk. I picked up a cute little book at a charity shop called the 100 Best Walks of East England. I am trying to get Van to go with me on nature walks and I figured this book would help. So for our first walk we chose Wretham Heath because of it's WWII history and it was only about 45 minutes away.

It was about a 3 mile walk around a nature reserve that is drenched in history. Not only has an abundance of Mesolithic tools, and Roman pots been found, there is also an abandoned WWII airfield. At the back of the trail, we were able to see the remnants of the taxi areas of the runway. I'm sure Bruno and Willis had no idea what they were walking around but they sure had a great time. As did we. Plus, there were about 4 million bunnies running about and the pups little noses were in heaven!


This is what I love about England and what I will miss. Just a normal walk around some little lakes. But due to the history, your imagination can run wild. Just think of the WWII aircraft flying overhead back in the day, or the Romans marching through and setting up camp. Or even back to 7000BC, during the Mesolithic period. Pretty darn incredible.

Happy Monday and happy week!! 

Catching up on Expat Life

So my last 'expat' post was at my one year mark....and I have totally missed the mark for our 15 months catch up post! Oh well, let's just go from how many days I have lived in England now....which would be 506 days! Wow. That's a little crazy.



We have truly begun to acclimate to the quirks that come along with British life. Like remembering to bag your own groceries at the checkout line (or queue as I now call it). Or knowing which coins to use. I have started to replace my 'American' words with my new British terminology which is going to be pretty comical whenever we move back Stateside! But speaking the different terminology just makes it easier to communicate and it makes me sound a little bit like Lady Mary, so it works. Ha!

I have learned to love the slower pace of life living in Ely. I LOVE this city. And yes, it is a city. Apparently, Ely is the smallest city in Britain. It meets all the criteria that deems a town a 'city in England'. So there is some knowledge for your day :)  But yes, I love it here. I love driving up the A142 and seeing the Cathedral sitting high upon the hill it is stunning. So stunning, I wish I had a picture for you but they just don't do it justice. Sigh. I love the slowness of it, I love the community, I love the architecture. I love it all.

We are dreading the day when we have to move back to the GMO 'land of the free'. The food here is so fresh and real. I love that I can't even find any caged chicken products in more store.....everything is free range. I love seeing the cattle and pigs living in excellent conditions. Makes me feel better to know that my food lived a good life. I am going to miss this food. I am going to miss the CHEEEESSSE. Makes me sad. And I am a terrible gardener, so I guess I am going to have to find a farmer friend wherever we live next!

And it will soon be Spring again here and again, my heart will melt when the rapeseed fields start to bloom. Do you remember this post from last year? Omg. It was just too gorgeous. And we are now in that sweet little time between winter and spring in England where the days are slowly getting brighter and we know that perfectly mild British summer is on the way.

Post from last Spring
Once again, I have moved to a new place and made incredible friends. This is where our 'travel' life starts to be a little bit of a hard thing. It is so hard to leave good friends....but it is starting to become just a part of our normal life. I am seriously dreading the day....Van may have to drag me away from England. But enough about the sad stuff.

Which brings me to what's coming next. What the future looks like for us....

It is looking like we will most likely be moving Stateside in about 6 months. We aren't sure exactly where just yet, but we have two great options and whichever one we go to, we have plenty of friends and family nearby! Which is exciting. And there is a possibility that one of the locations will be a permanent move for us. Which is also exciting and also a little bit terrifying. We haven't been 'settled' for a long time. It boggles my mind to live in the same house for 5 years or so. But, all of life is a challenge and a learning experience and I am up for whatever happens!

And in other news, we just returned from Prague, again. And we are still just in love with the city as we were last time! So more on that to come!!



So I guess you could say we are fully settled into our expat life! We are going to try and soak up these last few months and experience what we can. And thinking about leaving makes me all the more grateful that I have this blog. It will be such a fantastic way to relive all of these memories that we have made! 

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Lately | Two weeks of fun


Y'all.

My Momma came to see me!!!

The blog has been a little quiet as of late, but that's because I have spending some much needed time with my mom who came to visit from Dallas! She was such a sweetheart and intentionally planned her trip during our trip to Germany so she could watch her 'grandbabies' and they were totally spoiled for the whole duration of her stay. Oh well...that's what grandparents do right?

So....what all did we do? A LOT. We.....

Explored Ely in the rain, wind and sunshine....



30+ | The Best Birthday Ever!!

Yikes....I'm now in the 30+ category. How did I get this old?? It comes every year right? Your birthday. This year I will be "in my thirties". 31, I've decided, is a really boring number for a birthday and I may just continue to say I'm 30!!

But can I just say, I have THE most amazing friends in the world (for which I am using initials). I had the absolute best birthday party ever Friday night. I was expecting the normal birthday party with my amazing group of friends, which was perfectly fine for me....drinks at J's house, walk to our favorite restaurant, Le Spice, and then back to J's for cake and wine. As it was a shared birthday party with my sweet friend C, I was excited about our night. Well, they sure surprised C and I!!

When I arrived with the cake (because I love making cakes), the girls were no where to be found! But we were given our first clue. We headed to our first destination, Ta Bouche, to find E and A with balloons and a gift bag to be used to collect gifts at every location. We had a drink, were given another clue and headed off to our next destination, Kings Arms. There we were met with our next gift and our smiling sweet friends, J and D!

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Ps. What's a mogita? LOL

Then on to The Fountain, where we met back up with E and A. And then off to The Royal Standard where we all met back up. And after a yummy, girly shot, we headed out to dinner. Both C and I were just completely shocked and surprised by how the night turned out.

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Dinner was a blast as usual but I was totally shocked by our next surprise. I mentioned after dinner that I hoped the cake was still standing when we made back over to J's And not a minute later, here come the waiters with our cake and candles lit on top!! How did they pull this off! Well after this moment there was no holding back my tears any longer. I felt so special and it was such a fun, amazing night. These girls outdid themselves and I just love them to death for it! I will always hold this night's memories in my heart forever. Pure joy!


Knife selfie...




But that isn't even the end of my birthday. Saturday night, we had a fun laid back night at the house with my friends and amazing dog sitters, Jacob Catherine and Luke. And then E and her hubby and Van's friend from work came over and we laughed the night away while playing cards and board games. Another perfect night!



And then today, my actual birthday. I was a good girl and waited for today to open my gift from Van. Although I really wanted a kitten (haha), he outdid himself as well. A perfect colored and sized Michael Kors purse, perfect for travelling and a spa day at the fancy Spa Ely! It's all set up for the day before we leave for Paris....another part of my birthday! Can you say special?!?!? I feel so loved!

And another big thank you to all the phone calls, texts, and instagram messages wishing me a happy birthday. I even got a reply from Tania (my fave from T25) who shares my birthday, wishing me a happy day! Last year, my birthday was not a very happy one and now this weekend just takes that all away! I just am blown away by the love shown to me and I just can't say thank you enough! Lots of warm fuzzies going on right now :)

Here's to 30+

Lately...


We are back safe and sound from a weekend getaway to the beautiful Rome! Before I get into all that is the Eternal City I wanted to write up a little post on what's been going on lately in the Gunter household. It's a little lengthy but its been a good while since I've written a Lately post!

Ely Christmas Fair

Last week, we attended the Ely Christmas Fair preview. We wanted to see what it was all about and the preview was the perfect idea since we would be missing the weekend fair while in Rome. Set in the Ely Cathedral, it was incredibly magical! As if the Cathedral couldn't be any more magical. We shopped the stalls, which filled the massive Cathedral to the brim, while sipping mulled wine and munching on mince meat pies. Perfection! We scooped up a couple gifts and thus started the Christmas season. Christmas begins waaaayy earlier here than in the States because there is no Thanksgiving holiday here to act as a buffer. And I quite like it!

If you haven't seen my Ely Cathedral posts or my many Instagram shots, check these out: Interior, Tower and Exterior. She's a beaut!

RyanAir flights
While I am getting better at flying and keeping my nerves under control, I still get vertigo every now and again on takeoff. And if I don't, sometimes I just feel like I am going to faint because my nerves are going berserk. But I have to say, on our last two trips flying with RyanAir (Prague and Rome), I have been impressed with how smooth the flights have been. Well except for the huge bounce on arriving in Rome.....haha! We bounced pretty high and landed hard but we made it safely! I always judge the pilot when he comes over the loud speaker and I have to say, RyanAir pilots do a good job of sounding cheery and giving us an itinerary of the flight path which I thoroughly enjoy!

Crossing the Alps
And speaking of flying, the last two flights took us over the Alps which is the most amazing thing to fly over on a clear day. They are a truly incredible sight from the sky and I can't wait to get back to the slopes this winter season! We are counting down the days!

Inexcusable Neighbor Behavior (the lengthy part)
I love that I have a blog and can vent about this. This part might even deserve it's own post! I have a crazy stalker neighbor and I secretly hope she reads this! Here's the deal. We used to board our dogs every time we travelled but we have some friends who live here in Ely who said they would love to come and watch them at the house if we wanted them too. So for awhile now, my sweet friends Catherine, Jacob and Luke have been coming and feeding and walking them while we are gone which allows the dogs to stay in the comfort of their own home. And usually they just stay over at our house. Which makes me so happy when I come home from a trip and they are just as happy as can be and not exhausted and stressed from the kennel!  They basically live in the heated conservatory and have access to the garden during the day. Sounds pretty normal right?

Well, we left Friday morning for Rome and not long after we were gone the Dog Warden was called to our house to check the welfare of our dogs. Are you kidding me? I still have yet to figure out why she would do this. My dogs are my family and basically my kids and I would never ever put them in harms way! Obviously, I brought them all this way to England. It's so insulting. And why didn't she call me first?

But I'm telling you, this lady watches us like a hawk. It's weird. She's a 'curtain twitcher'. This isn't the first time she has done something either. She's always complaining about our garden.....like she comes by to tell us our bush is a couple inches too long. I'm not kidding. Or she complains that we have a few weeds in OUR driveway. She complains about our motion sensor light. She complains about my garden trees growing into another neighbors garden. I'm almost positive she is the reason we have a house inspection every 3 months. (She is friends with our landlord and has probably made them think that we are terrible). Every time they come to do the inspection, the guy is like 'why am I here, your house is in perfect order?' She complains that I have my groceries delivered. Don't I have a right to have that service? She complains about our neighbor's yard and cuts it herself if she doesn't like it....what?! And she brings my trash bin in if I don't have it pulled in by her time standards. It's out of control. Why. Oh, and she isn't even our nexr door neighbor....she lives across the street!!

I boiled over the Dog Warden thing while in Rome and the closer we got to home the angrier I got. Why can't she just leave us alone? The Dog Warden says it was an anonymous call (although it could only be her) stating that we leave our dogs unattended every weekend and they cry and howl (my dogs do neither). This particular weekend we were have said to have left Thursday to Sunday. Ok, wrong on all levels. Furious doesn't even begin to describe what I feel. And I love how we are said to have been gone the weeknd prior as well.... I had to look at pictures from my phone to see what we were doing. Maybe I should show her pictures of the dogs up on the sofa with us having the laziest weekend of all time! Out of town...pfff.

 The only thing I could think that would have made her call is if Bruno was barking. Bruno barks at things but he isn't a yapper. He barks to scare off a threat and then he's done when he feels the threat is gone. Mostly at loud moving trucks or if someone pulls into our driveway. He is a Boxer and is protective of us but incredibly loving....simple as that. (Willis on the other hand would sleep through burglars, fires and any other emergencies...English Bulldog for ya). But still, even if Bruno barked, is that reason to call the Dog Warden? She knew we had left for a trip and that's why she did it. She is freaking crazy. And she is the only thing that I dislike about England. I can't wait until this weekend....I might just have to throw a massive, loud party for my birthday. HA!

I am working up the courage and calm to go over and talk to her today without getting upset. What would you do?

Ok, enough about the crazy lady. Rome was amazing and I have lots of goodies coming up soon on the blog. It was a destination where the tears of joy flowed! Stay tuned :) 

#LDNBlogger Event | Conrad London St. James Christmas Tea

While I don't live in London, I do get invited to London blogger events and I graciously accept these invitations! It's always nice to take a trip down to the big city and take in the scenes. However, I am always happy to return to my little town and away from the noise!

This time around, I was invited to the gorgeous Conrad London St. James to preview their Sparkling Christmas Afternoon Tea. While I still feel like a newbie to afternoon teas, I thoroughly enjoy them. Especially when bubbly is involved!


It was a little funny to be eating Christmas themed treats so early in the year! This was back in October and it actually happened to be a warm and humid day. But it definitely put a smile on my face. And of course, the bubbly helped with that as well. We mingled for a bit before the tiers of goodies were brought to our tables. 


After a couple of glasses of Laurent Perrier, I opted for a white jasmine tea, which is my go to tea these days. 


The goodies arrived and we were in awe of the lovely arrangement. The top tier was a lovely mini Christmas feast including a brussel sprout shot, which was absolutely delicious, turkey ballotine and a venison bite. Each dish was very flavorful and I savoured every bite. I am always amazed by bite sized perfection!


Next up, the finger sandwiches. Including Smoked Salmon and Lemon Cream Fraiche, Cured Gammon and Mustard, and my favorite, Beetroot and Spinach. 


And last but certainly not least, the scones! There were two types for us to try, the orange and cranberry scone and the Christmas spiced scone served with Devonshire clotted cream (of course), strawberry jam and blackberry curd. You just can't go wrong with flavors like these!


You would think we would be done with the tea, right? Well, we still had the main piece awaiting us: The Christmas desserts. Served up to us as a piece of art, it was hard to demolish these pretty little treats. I loved the creative snow covered window pane that covered the desserts. Such a nice touch. 


The desserts included mini meringue snowmen, Christmas postcard marshmallows, white forest yule log, a snowflake macaroon, chocolate orange Battenburg present, a winterberry Christmas tree and even edible snow! Can you find each one of these below? I enjoyed each of these but my favorite was the yule log. 


Typical blogger event....all of us snapping away before digging in!


After we were all truly fed and full, we were given a little takeaway box with some delicious macaroons. It was so nice to be able to bring something home to Van so he wouldn't have to just hear me gush about how amazing it all was. 


As we sat around and chatted in the gorgeous dining area, the harpist played us lovely Christmas songs to get us in the spirit. It truly was a special tea, one that I would return to if I had the chance! If you are looking for a luxurious afternoon tea to get you in the holiday spirit, look no further than Conrad St. James! The setting and the service are impeccable!

Emmeline's 
22-28 Broadway
London, SW1H 0BH
00208 1663039

Afternoon Christmas Tea £37 pp
Christmas Tea with free flowing Champs £45 pp

I was given a discount for my tea, but all opinions are my own.