What terrible weather in the capital today. Not to worry: I have discovered a gorgeous wee tea room in the heart of Canongate sure to warm you!
Clarinda’s Tea Room, towards the bottom end of the Royal Mile is not new in itself, but new to me and has actually been trading from the same premises since 1976.
The small but perfectly formed cafe is jam packed with fancy china, frilly doilys and spindly furniture. Like the Mad Hatter’s tea party you seem to enter another world as you enter from the High Street.
The sketch above is from their fully laden stand of cakes and biscuits, all freshly baked on the premises. The staff are so welcoming that I will be sure to pop in for a cuppa again soon, and am thankful of today’s downpour for helping me make the discovery.
Sketch created with black fineliner and watercolour wash.
Clarinda’s Tea Room Facebook page.
Today I had a meeting at the National Library of Scotland and fell in love with this teapot, so much so I had to sketch it.
The recently refurbished National Library of Scotland has a large and very welcoming cafe with cakes, pastries and sandwiches as well as rolling news via the BBC world service channel.
Of course they also have thousands of books creating a major European research library, with collections of world-class importance. I will have to go back and explore that further when I have a little more time. As well as in the George IV Bridge building the library has a huge amount of digital resources online, see the link below to explore further.
National Library of Scotland website
Dinner time tonight and it’s just the three of us, the twins and I. For some reason the composition and mixture of cups appealed to me as I was looking at the table, whilst Zoe and James were tucking into their fruit salad.
Two cups of juice and a tea for Dad. 🙂
In the world of sketching ‘time equals colour’. This cup of tea sketch I did this morning definitely benefits from a little watercolour wash, and thanks to that little bit of extra time thats exactly what it got. HERE is the original black and white version – what do you think?
It has to be tea in the morning. Coffee in the afternoon or evening but for me it has to be a nice cup of tea first thing to get me going. As the twins are guzzling down their first cup of milk I’m peering bleary eyed into this Dunoon mug of hot tea, with just a dash of milk… yum.