Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Plum and Vanilla Sponges



This morning at Mersea Maggie made a batch of lovely little Plum and Vanilla sponges to brighten up a very dull, grey Wednesday and accompanied with some custard might be just what you need!

Friday, 13 February 2009

Homemade Valentine's Shortbread

Maggie has been working her socks off again to bring you homemade shortbread for your cups of tea tomorrow. Appropriately heart shaped for the romantics amongst us and as delicious as ever she's managed to bake an impressive 300 before having a nice cup of tea and a sit down herself. This means however tomorrow's Orange Fruit Tea breads were finished by James, one not entirely familiar with the workings of a kitchen environment!







mmm...nice!

Monday, 9 February 2009

Our Work Here Is Almost Done

That's right, we've almost finished giving our treasured café a bit of a face lift and opened again after five gruelling days on Saturday. It really just remains for us to re-hang the art work and put some finishing touches to the place. We would not have managed all the work ourselves and so we'd like to say thank you to those who dropped in to help.

Our friendly nieghbourhood plumber Andy takes an important call


The proud owner of some new shelves and a dodgy smock!


Lee getting to grips with the new chairs


Will assembling chairs


The new look kitchen


Saturday morning...business as usual

Thursday, 5 February 2009

The Great British Weekend

You can now read the recently published article from The Times here on Times Online. We think it paints our muddy little island in a pretty good light.

Tuesday, 3 February 2009

The Re-Fit Begins


This was the scene from the café as we began our work yesterday morning, the snow didn't really match the forecaster's predictions for us on Mersea but as we listened to the news on the radio of big falls around other parts of the country we were quite pleased not to be completely snowbound as we were waiting for the lorry to deliver our brand new Falcon Dominator.


First on the list was ripping out all the old worn out work surface, flooring and equipment in preparation for the new stuff. This turned out to be quite cathartic in preparation for a new year, also quite a lot of it is now five years old and very tired, talking of five years older and very tired...

No sooner had we got shot of the old stuff then Andy started tiling for all he was worth

and our Holly got busy with a paintbrush too!

as for tomorrow, we've simply loads more to do, a new floor in the loo, varnish the counter, plumb in the sink, more painting, assemble the new furniture, the list seems endless and I'm very tired, so I'm off to bed to count a few sheep and contemplate my new temporary vocation as a shopfitter!