Monday, 28 June 2010

It is HOT! The cat is too hot, the car is too hot, the kitchen is too hot. The only two places that aren't are in the cafe (air con) or in the sea, which is where we spent most of the day on Sunday. Lots of friends and family joined us at our beach hut for a great day of BBQ and swimming. I am enjoying our twin boys company who are back from uni for the summer. The radio came out for the football and scores were updated to those swimming in the sea via hand signals. Mr P then impressed everyone with his unicycling(see pic) though there were some painful moments!

Mr P and I were released from the shop on Friday(thank you Sharna,Tanya, Helen, Allie, and Bryony) to go to the Cafe culture exhibition in London. We decided to take old classic car as it was a nice jolly. It was okay driving along in 27 degrees with the windows open wind in our hair( in Mr P's case wind on his head), however when we hit Chelsea the old car decided it was too hot and started to get hotter. Relieved to make it to London Olympia all in one piece we spent the day looking at all the coffee stands and watching the world barista championships. It good for us to know that we are supplying and making the best coffee we can for you all.

The shop has been so busy in the good weather and this weekend will be my busiest in two years with cakes! We are now making coke/cream soda floats which are proving really popular. For the Wimbledon fortnight we are serving fresh strawberries and cream.
All for now
Mrs P x

Sunday, 20 June 2010

First an apology, it has been over a year since I created this blog and have managed not to post anything. This is partly due to a very busy time at Parklife and partly due to a slight reluctance on my behalf as I'm unsure if anyone will be interested in my ramblings. I have been baking a few new cakes lately including the Whoopie Pie. Apparently according to the general press this is the new big thing. After whipping up a batch and putting on the counter the feedback had been very positive. In true Parklife fashion I have found it impossible to bake any small delicate ones and all they've turned out to be whopping Whoopies. The other newbie is a Chocolate Jaffa cake which is a double layer cake, made with fresh orange and dark chocolate with a chocolate and orange frosting topped with  Jaffa cakes. I am in full wedding swing which is one of the best things about my job, I get to make lovely cakes for a couples most important day.

You may see Mr Parklife chasing our resident Bath Place Seagull (Salty, named by the Parklife girls) up and down the road. He is a bold boy who has been jumping on our tables to scoff left over panini and cakes, however keeps smashing teapots and plates in the process. Mr Parklife has a new method of sneaking out and chucking a cup of water at him (I have asked him not get the customers!). Salty is getting wise to this and spots him sneaking out and swiftly moves just out of range! All this to the great amusement of the Parklife team and customers, but is infuriating Mr P.

After two years we have finally got stickers! I have to admit that I am completely addicted and have gone sticker mad! If you would like some just pop in. Collecting the final monies from our sponsored walk and the total is looking over £800. YAY!

That's all for now. I promise it won't take me a year to post again. Mrs P x