This is actually last week’s post but I have been saving for today since today actually is St. Patrick’s day.
I’m half English and half American but my American half is predominantly Irish American so St. Patrick’s day has always been celebrated in our house, mostly by my Mom decorating everything in green. Very pretty and spring-like Mom :).
St. Patrick’s day is also a big thing in Manchester where I live. I really have am not sure why, although the parade did show that there were more Irish people in Manchester than I had realised! But surely there are still more English people? We have a day of St. George’s celebration and not very much of that but for St. Patrick’s day there is a 2 week market with a big parade and lots of musical events. St. David and St. Andrew don’t even get a look in.
Not that I’m complaining! I love a big celebration 😀 The markets are not as good as the Christmas ones but are fun to browse none-the-less. The parade however was a great deal of fun. My father is responsible for the below pictures as he, Mom and my little sister came across for the weekend. Mom and Chloe came to shop, watch the parade and see me. Dad came to show off his new Mazda.
Mom and I also went to Teacup in the afternoon for tea (and scones but shhhh we did not tell our husband/boyfriend).
Teacup recently went through a renovation and is now… very brown. I am not sure if they just aren’t finished or if ‘brown’ was what they were going for.
The tea there is great though, they have the best jasmine. Unfortunately it is not on offer with the cream tea as it is rather pricey, but for the occasional treat the jasmine pearls are definitely worth it. It also comes in those cute double walled tea cups which I adore and cannot afford.
Since I cannot drink caffeine I had a pot of rooibos which is a caffeine-free tea from South Africa. It has a honeyed taste and is good black or with milk and sugar.
The scones we had were giant and had real strawberries on them but I feel that they could have spread the cream and jam to the edges. Over all very tasty and Mom and I had a good time. The other cakes on show also looked delicious and there was a rainbow cake that looked particularly fun.