As those of you who have been reading this blog for a while know, my dear friend Bethy gives me amazing gifts. Although we haven’t seen one another in over three years, Bethy and I have one of those friendships that spans time and distance. She’s a new mom and I hate that I can’t go see her and hold her baby. But yesterday I enjoyed her latest birthday gift to me. As in years past, she’s researched unique places to get afternoon tea and sent me a gift certificate and this year it was Loopy Lorna’s. For those of you who are confused, yes, my birthday was back in January and I only now used the gift. It’s one of those gifts that I usually wait to use – saving it for the perfect afternoon and that was yesterday. A lot of my friendship with Bethy grew while we spent hours talking over tea and thus these gifts are always very special.
Loopy Lorna’s is this fun, quirky tea house set in Morningside. Ashli and I took the bus out there and enjoyed a generous couple of hours spent enjoying this most civil of English traditions. As Ashli and I are both marking the beginning of our fourth year here in Edinburgh I thought it would be fitting to share tea and reminisce about the past couple of years. Having both spent the last couple of weeks welcoming a new batch of student wives, it was fun to think about all those feelings and the newness of Edinburgh and how this place has changed us over the past years. I must say though that this new group of wives seems to have it a lot more together than I did that first year. I had a challenging time of it at the beginning so it’s good to see these new students seemingly settling in a lot more quickly than I did.
Thank you Bethy! It was such a fun afternoon – the only thing that would have made it absolutely perfect would have been your presence.