Jul. 30th, 2010

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In honour of my new resolution (and because I love you) I made you a pot of tea and some fresh scones. I hope you like Stockholm Blend; it's my favourite but I'm sure you'll enjoy it. It smells like Christmas; orange and cinnamon and vanilla and cloves.

My new resolution is this: instead of indulging my every whim and fantasy about what I am going to do with my life (electrician! author! beekeeper! pastry chef!) I am going to write the idea down first. I will explore it in great hypothetical detail and then supplement this detail with rigorous research and budgets, if necessary.

This week, in my head, I have taken over a shop somewhere between the old folks' home near the supermarket at the top of the hill and the welfare office at the bottom of the hill on Illawarra Road in Marrickville. North-facing, so the afternoon sun can come in through the front windows. I've painted the walls cream, strung up a little lacy half-curtain across the front window, set up a little kitchen out the back and started a tea room.

Devonshire tea, $5; bring your grandma, bring the kids. The hours are 9.30am-12pm, 1pm-4.30pm. Your choice of scones, sandwiches, or piklets (or drop scones, you might call them). If you're lucky I might make lemon delicious or brunsviger, too. I'll be the lady in the pretty apron with her hair in pin-curls, taking your order and slipping your kids a biscuit with their milk.

According to my calculations, it might not make much money, but it will keep me off the street. And it will give the little old ladies of Marrickville the possibility of an outing that won't break the bank.

And yes, there will be doilies.

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