Antiques and Tea in Ely

With big L in town, I thought it would be fun to spend a day in the nearby town of Ely. Knowing her penchant for copper kettles and porcelain dishware, a stop at Waterside Antiques was in order. With three floors packed full of treasures just waiting to be discovered, my mom was in heaven. Lena did surprisingly well, managing not to break anything despite picking up a few precariously placed items.

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The copper selection was on point and after much deliberation, my mom decided on a large kettle with a hand-stamped decorative design. We also found a pewter muffin warming tin. I didn’t get a picture but as soon as I spotted it, I knew my mom would love it. An added bonus is that I liked it as well and as my mom loves to remind me, someday all of these purchases will be left to me and my brother to fight over.

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Check out the glow of pride radiating from this body. This is the face of a satisfied hunter who has struck a bargain.


We promised Lena she could go visit the ducks if she was a good listener in the antique store and since she delivered, off we went to hang out with this flock. I think this guy was plotting something sinister. That is one of the sketchiest bird faces I’ve ever seen!

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The late afternoon light was gorgeous and I could almost remember what the warmth of the sun felt like after a long and cold British winter. I definitely miss the heat from my days living in Arizona and North Carolina but the trade off is that there are virtually no bugs here and low humidity. Also, there’s afternoon tea which wins in my book every time.

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And speaking of tea, after such a strenuous afternoon of antiquing and dodging shady fouls, we were famished. Luckily, Peacocks Tearoom sits right next door to the antique shop (it’s like I planned it or something!), so we ducked in for some “widdle treats,” as Lena would say.


Every time I’ve visited Peacocks, the staff has been amazing and so welcoming of me and my little monsters. It’s super kid friendly but still feels like a relaxing retreat at the same time. The decor is quaint, with tea paraphernalia littering the walls and shelves. My mom was salivating over this giant copper teakettle – surprise – and wanted to make sure I got a picture. Here you go, Mummy dearest. There was also a wall of knives with carved handles that she liked so I’ve included that for your viewing pleasure as well.

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Then it was on to tea and scones for us and a massive bowl of ice cream for Lena. Please disregard the tired faces. Between jet lag and late night nursing sessions, we weren’t the most well rested group. That didn’t diminish our enthusiasm for the delicacies set before us, however, as you can see by Lena’s very accurate Chris Farley impression below.

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Having overeaten to the point of misery and sugar comas, we began the process of bundling up again to venture out into the cold. This was not before both my children decided to leave their mark on the restroom, however. They suffer from a genetic condition called Caspersenism which causes them to have massive bowel movements in public restrooms. The smaller the bathroom and more obvious their offense, the better. It’s super fun.


After all her hard work, Lena passed out in her stroller, giving us about an hour to browse a few more shops and take a peek at the cathedral. Not a bad afternoon at all!

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By | 2017-03-02T13:36:58+00:00 March 16th, 2015|Days Out, Personal|0 Comments

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Wife, mama, graphic designer, and documentary photographer. Never met a piece of chocolate I didn't like. I love celebrating special occasions, exploring new cities through their local cuisine, and kissing my babies incessantly.

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