A Vintage Tweed Coat and High Tea

Monday, July 22, 2013

It isn't too often that a Mother of a young child gets the opportunity to indulge in a little weekend shopping with her best friends followed by an exquisite high tea, both of which were on my agenda this past weekend.

On Saturday, a group of us I hit the Op Shops for a morning of recycled shopping and coffee stops.  We had so much fun together, picked up a bargain or two and found a few oddities along the way.

The award for the weirdest find of the day; a bouncy ball chair on wheels.  I can't think why this particular piece of furniture even exists, wouldn't it be interesting to hear its history prior to finding its way into an Op Shop?

 :: Weird things at the op shop ::

My prized find of the morning, a beautiful tweed vintage coat that I found in Salvos for $12, with turquoise buttons and satin lining:

 :: Vintage tweed coat ::

Good timing on the tweed, as the following indulgent day involved an invite to experience Bursaria High Tea at the historic Abbotsford Convent, along with bloggers Leeyong of Style Wilderness, Sarah of Style Melbourne and Sarah of Sarah's Style Emporium.

Despite Melbourne's freezing temperatures, I chose to frock up for the occasion, my wrap bird printed dress swapped at The Clothing Exchange Winter Warm Up a few weeks ago, and my new-to-me vintage tweed matched with one of my zipper brooches.

:: Vintage tweed not quite covering the bump ::

:: Zipper brooch ::

I did have to wear my cable knit tights, as I couldn't quite bare the though of freezing my legs off with temperatures barely above 10 deg C.


Bursaria High Tea is held in the Rosina Function Space in the grounds of architecturally stunning Abbotsford Convent, on the third Sunday afternoon of each month from 2 - 4pm.  Guests are welcomed with a complimentary glass of bubbles, followed by a smorgasbord of delicious and mouthwatering canapes.


:: 19th century convent function room ::

Musical entertainment supplied by a DJ spinning soul vinyl, Motown and disco classics, and for something a little different from your typical High Tea, guests are dazzled by glamorous and vibrant roving entertainment mingling amongst the tables serving food and taking photographs. It isn't everyday Sunday you get a Polaroid photograph taken by a lady wearing a peacock costume!

Culinary highlights of the day for me include the cream of mushroom soup with truffle oil and red pepper tapenade, served in a shot glass.  As a pregnant vegetarian, my savoury options were a little bit limited, but I did also enjoy a tiny piece of the delicious King Island blue cheese and pear chutney served on fig and walnut bread.  

:: Clockwise L-R: mushroom soup, blue cheese on walnut bread and honey-cured salmon blinis, rosewater meringue, pretty desserts presented on a silver tray and gigantic table doily ::

From the dessert menu, all the little sweets were perfect, but I grew quite fond of the organic chocolate pots, salted caramel toffee with clotted cream.  I had two of them, or was it three?! 

 :: Organic chocolate pot and scone with raspberry jam::

The rosewater meringues with seasonal berries and mascarpone cream reminded me a little of the Truffula Trees from Dr Suess book The Lorax (see above photogrid, bottom left), but I can assure you, they did taste delicious!

If you find yourself in Melbourne questioning what to do on a Sunday afternoon, I highly recommended booking an indulgent Bursaria High Tea with your friends or family, which can be booked by contacting the Bursaria office, details here.  It isn't necessary to frock up, but always nice if you do.

A spot of recycled shopping and High Tea were my weekend guilty pleasures!  Have you participated in an indulgent weekend lately?


Shared with Patti's Visible Monday Link Up and Thrifters Anonymous


Jenn@Sweet T Makes Three said...

What a fabulous way to spend a child-free day! Love that zipper brooch.

Patti said...

Yum! What a delightful day. Love your new coat and its fine buttons. Thanks for sharing all the fun with Visible Monday.

Unknown said...

Love love your finds. I am sure there's a story behind the chair. All the mentioned foods I never heard of before. Sounded posh. Wonderful!

Unknown said...

wonderful pics and I love that vintage coat

Iliska Dreams said...

doesn't everyone have a ball chair thingy?

Unknown said...

@Iliska Dreams :)

Dessy said...

I know this comment is a bit late but the "ball chair thingy" is actually an office chair! They were designed to force good posture and strengthening of the core muscles. :)

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