This one comes with a warning...
…it may be a Lenten temptation hazard. But there is no sincerer love than good food and friendship.
Fortunately, my birthday fell on the 21st of February, the day before the onset of Lent.
For my birthday treat, I was taken for afternoon tea to Betty’s teashop in York where I am holidaying.
Here my friend Mimi and I are studying the menus. It was a tough choice between the blueberry dotted mini meringue or the brioche. I choose the éclair and had rose flavoured tea. Mimi choose the cheese scone. I was presented with a hand-stitched lace birthday card. While we ate, another friend N, read out a passage from Anthony Trollope's The Pallisers, the novel that's set in the 1860s, amid the swirl of Victorian high society.