Tea & Sympathy

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Earli­er today me & Vicky planned to go to an Alice Tea Party that was advert­ised in a vintage clothes shop. We dressed up Alice style, her in a grey dress with a bow and white tights with black ballet shoes, and me with a chequred skirt, silver and black stripy jump­er, and silver ballet shoes. We got there and the “tea party” turned out to be a shop assist­ant on a small table with some styro­foam cups of tea. Very disap­point­ing.

We tried to go to Metro Deco, a teashop in Kemp­town which uses 1920/​30s furniture, which is also for sale, but we spent so long wait­ing for a free table that we went else­where. We tried to go to the Kemp­town Book­shop cafe, but the shop was closed, so we ended up going to the Mock Turtle, where we should’ve gone first of all, with the name and all. The Mock Turtle is a Brighton insti­tu­tion. It hasn’t been decor­ated since the 70s, cork floors and all, they have deli­cious cakes, and it’s really cheap. A pot of lapsang souchong tea and a carrot cake cost me the same as just a cake else­where.


Wait­ing around in the Metro Deco furniture show­room fruit­lessly for a cafe table upstairs.


Legs. I don’t have concave legs, it’s the fisheye.


Cake! The pink vanilla sponge was for Vicky, the carrot cake for me. Tea & pear juice still to arrive. The carrot cake was good, but it’s even better when it has cream cheese icing and walnuts, like the way my friend Bryony makes it.


The Mock Turtle’s base­ment. Decor­ated by your nan.

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