I say we as Dave and the big kids also travelled with me. Izzy stayed at home for a day of fun with Nanny and her Aunties. Recently, I’ve been parking in the multi-storeys in town when visiting Cardiff but on this visit I parked by an entrance to Bute Park and will definitely do this again as it’s cheaper and we got to enjoy a scenic walk too.
Look at the size and colour of that leaf!
We walked around the outside of Cardiff Castle- we have tickets to visit here soon- I can’t wait!
We also passed the mill pond and ducks. It was a lovely way to walk into Cardiff.
Dave and the kids dropped me off at Pettigrew Tea Rooms to meet my blogging friends. This was my first visit, so I was very excited.
The staff were so friendly. They directed me upstairs to the meet and I was immediately offered a refreshing glass of water.
The whole room was so pretty decorated with bunting and tea paraphernalia. The tables were set beautifully in a mismatched harmony ready for our tea too.
Luckily for me, I got to sit by Jaye from Cardiff in a Tea Cup who was able to recommend different types of tea. In the end I went with Tea Palace Russian Caravan which was lovely, sweet, aromatic and smokey and could also be taken with milk which was what I fancied on this occasion. I also found out from Jaye that Pettigrew do also provide Teapots with infusers on request.
As all the food is baked fresh in the tea rooms the smell of home baking was divine. Therefore, I was so happy to see our Afternoon Tea arrive.
We were served an enhanced tea as this was a special event, but the standard afternoon tea of finger sandwiches, a scone and homemade cake sounds wonderful too.
Hidden behind the food is Georgina from Makeup Pixi3 and Mummy Pixie with her gorgeous three week old son, william. He slept through all the excitement bless him!
On the top tier we had chocolate eclairs.
Our middle tier consisted of some savoury pastries. I loved the one with goats cheese inside and pickle and chives on top.
On our bottom tier sat fresh warm scones and bara brith. There were also oh-so-pretty tea cup shaped, parma violet flavoured marshmallows, however most of us on my table were vegetarian and unable to try them.
These were my favourite!
While at the event we all donated a couple of toys to Barnados and in return were each given a voucher to spend at Argos. We were also all given amazing goody bags! Yes, that is a Fever Designs bag and there are lots more goodies inside it!
Pettigrew Tea Rooms are also holding a “Guess the weight of the pumpkin” competition with all proceeds going to Bobath. I guess it’s pretty heavy!
We were then all planning to have a mooch around Cardiff Fashion Quarter together until we realised it now closes on a Sunday. This street looks so different in the day, I usually only venture down it in the dark carrying various band stuff for Dave!
In town, we saw some interesting window displays.
Then we all said our goodbyes and I headed back to meet my family.
As we walked past the Castle Animal Wall, the kids named each of the animal sculptures to pass the time.
We also enjoyed seeing the scupltures, made from trees, on the Sculpture Trail.
It was a gorgeous Autumn walk back to the car.
Thank you to Laura, Chantele and Gemma- it was a lovely day! Also thanks to Pettigrew Tea Rooms, Argos and Barnardos.
I will also be putting up links when I photograph the lovely things in my goody bag but for now thank you to:
@GreenPeopleUK, @misspatisserie, @movedancewear, @dotcomgiftshop, @bykirsty, @stkittsherbery, @fever_london, @marksandspencer and @CrabtreeUK.