This morning, a very wet Monday morning (the photo above was taken last summer) I met a dear friend for coffee in China Blue, primarily a ceramics studio in Totnes, Devon, but which also has a lovely coffee shop, interiors items (candlesticks, cushions, photo frames, all manner of objets), a glass studio (which we didn’t get to see today) and a hair salon. I was surprised that, on a dismal Monday morning, it was busy with shoppers and those who, like ourselves, had met for a catch-up over coffee.
Exterior of the conservatory coffee shop on a very wet day
Garden ornaments for sale
My friend is one of those people who are life-enhancers, someone whom, as you part company, you return home feeling uplifted for having been in her company, even for a short time. Don’t you find some people are like that, life-enhancers while some simply drain you dry, so that when you part company you tend to breathe a sigh of relief that you can then go home? But not this friend, you feel truly invigorated by her company, she brightens the wettest of days.
The café offers more than coffee and scones, too. They have freshly filled baguettes, paninis & crisp salads, cakes and pastries.
Such a jumble of items and in a kaleidoscope of colours
I didn’t photograph our food as it was only scones and coffee (cola for my friend – well, she is American, isn’t cola their national beverage?) and then we had a good look around all the lovely things this emporium has to offer. How could I pass this array of pretty cups and saucers …
… without buying a pink set and a turquoise set for our morning cups of coffee? I was almost tempted into buying the matching plates … I’m sorry now that I didn’t buy them and so I’ve made up my mind to make a return visit!
When our little grandson is just a bit older we will take him to China Blue (www.china-blue.co.uk) as children can choose a plain piece of ceramic on which to draw, then paint and complete. The advertising material says:
“The new studio has been specially designed to accommodate all would-be ceramicists & creatives, whatever their age. Full of inspiration to help create personalised gifts, you can design something original from the collection of themed pottery, mugs, plates and a whole lot more.”
When I returned home I found that one of my monthly magazines had arrived also a book I’d ordered …
… so I’m now going to spend the rest of the afternoon not spring-cleaning – it’s too wet and dismal for that; I need sunshine to energize me! – but reading, with a cup of tea and a delicious Florentine biscuit (my friend handed me a packet for my husband, but he’s generous and has kindly allowed me to share them!)
(It never fails to surprise me when magazine and book covers tend to follow similar patterns/colours: these two ,for example, have dark blue backgrounds and are then overprinted in yellow, pink and green, regardless of the objects on the covers. Perhaps we shall soon be seeing more dark blue in book covers?)