22. Create Your Own Quirky Tea Salon

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This episode is subtitled: ‘Ahh, tea…’

I’m so glad we started ‘Companions’, the Wednesday afternoon session where people in need of a little company come and share a table in Teacups, drink tea and eat cake. Mrs Lucas, one of our widows, tells us how much she enjoys it every time she comes to see us in Tulips. Each week we get a run down of the type of tea she’s tried, which cake she’s eaten and who she’s been chatting to. She gets quite giddy about the varieties of tea available and told me this week that she’s been out shopping for some interesting selections to have at home. Once she’s opened a new pack of loose-leaf tea she keeps it in an old Douwe Egberts coffee jar.

‘I got the idea from you when you said they were too nice to throw away,’ she said, referring to when I did some glass etching to make a treats jar for Blue.

‘That’s a brilliant idea,’ I said, ‘why don’t you write a Salvage Box post telling us all about it? I could introduce you as a guest writer for that week.’

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13. Etched Glass Jars

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This episode is subtitled: ‘Treat time at Easter…’

How was your Easter? It was a lovely family time for us – thankfully not hosted by me, but my sister Laura. Blue and I spent the whole of Sunday with her, Ray and the children, Jake and Hannah.

They love it when we go, although I totally understand that Blue’s the real attraction. I only get the slightest of welcomes from Jake and Hannah as they race into battle, competing for the bigger share of Blue’s affection (truth is, he’s a pushover for anyone who gives him attention).salvagebox.co.uk - Blue sitting It’s only a couple of weeks since they had him overnight when Kim and I went on our spa break and they’ve been pestering me about when they can have him again. Trouble is, I miss him too much when he’s away.

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11. Jam Jar Vases

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This episode is subtitled: ‘A little bit of luxury…’

With the three flower shop peaks over for another year (Christmas, Valentine’s Day and Mothers’ Day) and with the wedding season not yet in full flow, Kim and I took the opportunity to have a bit of time away this week. The spa day and overnight stay in a posh hotel was Kim’s choice; actually it was her Christmas present to me and was extremely generous (I made her a velvet doorstop in the shape of a cat – lovely, but very thrifty). A spa isn’t normally my kind of thing but after a busy time in the shop I was looking forward to the lazy day lounging round a pool, slinking off to the jaquzzi, the steam room, the sauna whenever I fancied it. Kim had also booked us both in for a back massage and dinner in the hotel that evening.

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