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Sunday, September 8, 2013

A delightfully decadent High Tea

Hello lovely Maddabling blog readers! How was your weekend? I hope it was one filled with good things, as mine certainly was. This week, I present a special blog post feature called A delightfully decadent High Tea.There is no recipe for me to share and I will save until next week the photos from the Flinders Peninsula + Bald Head walk trail that we completed on Saturday. I hope you enjoy this high tea adventure with me. 

A delightfully decadent High Tea 

Dear readers, before I start, I must confess, I have never ever been to a High Tea before. Let me set the scene for you. 

It's a sunny Sunday afternoon in Spring. Four ladies are headed to Carlyles for a High Tea. 

Carlyles is "set atop Mt Adelaide and originally built in 1895. Carlyles was designed as the residence of the Fort's Commanding Officer. 

Featuring the traditional styles of the day, such as intricate mouldings and skirtings plus high ceilings and of course a fireplace for every room. 

Commanding an uninterrupted view across Lake Seppings, over to the Stirling Ranges, Carlyles is surrounded by natural bushland and green lawns up to the children's play area."

The setting is just perfect - the most wonderful place to relax and enjoy the company of those sharing the experience with you. 
The table settings and fine china are just gorgeous. You can feel that it will be an exquisite experience from the moment you walk into the High Tea dining area.  
Have you ever wondered about what happens behind the scenes of a High Tea? Let me show you a sneak peek of the silverware
and the fine china teapots, sugar bowls and milk jugs that make up part of the High Tea service. 
Then dear readers, comes the delicious bubbles to drink, High Tea delicacies and not forgetting the freshly steeped tea!  
It was very hard not to start on the sweet things first! This is how the culinary dilemma was presented! 
Savoury things on the bottom tier - sandwiches, savory scones, little quiches..... 
the second tier had little chocolate tarts, scones with cream, red velvet cakes and custard puffs...oh my! 
and on the top tier, macarons, brownies, biscuits and cake, needless to say there was not much left over by the end of our high tea. It was all very decadent. 
 I do love the teapots and china which remind me of an era long past. 
There is also a lovely Harpist who plays the most beautiful music to enhance your High Tea experience. 
On the day that we attended, there was a charity fundraiser raffle being run by a group of local ladies. Funds were being raised for local charities such as Fellowship House and other charities such as The Royal Flying Doctors Service. It was nice to be able to give something back to such a worthwhile cause. This snap shows the generosity of local business in the raffle donations that were given. 
It was wonderful to share this High Tea experience with Naomi (of Nazzy Beads fame) and to meet two sweet ladies being Amy and Stefanie. I couldn't have asked for a more decadent afternoon. 

Dear readers, I can personally assure you, that Lisa and her perfectly attentive wait staff will ensure that you have a High Tea to remember. If you haven't been to a High Tea at Carlyles, you simply MUST. 

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That concludes the Sunday night blog post, I hope you enjoyed A delightfully decadent High Tea. See you all on Wednesday for a new Wednesday Wishes blog post xx 

1 comment:

  1. wow, Sam. Thanks for all the great pics and detail. I feel like I was almost there. Looked just gorgeous, and oh boy, those teapots!! You forgot to take a photo of yourself in your high tea outfit. Glad you had a lovely afternoon xo