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live on locke

I took a friend up on an invite a while back to see the Cowboy Junkies in concert at a church on Locke Street. Truthfully I hadn’t really listened to the Junkies since the early to mid 90′s but I thought a Friday night concert walkable from my home, why not.

The concert was held at Melrose United Church at Locke and Homewood. It was a full house with every church pew stacked with Junkie’s fans.  The voice of singer Margo Timmins melow and low carried beautifully into the massive space and air of the church.

Live on Locke is a concert series that helps to raise funds for The Instrument For Every Child Program. Last month Jim Cuddy and Chantel Kreviazuk performed and for the last concert of the series on November 29th Colin James will perform.

vintage garden tea room

When a friend suggested a summer tea reading at the Vintage Garden Tea Room just off of Locke Street, I could not say no; fresh scones, devonshire clotted cream, preserves, lavender lemonade and a tea reading to boot!

I do love dainty things like afternoon tea, and I do like checking out places I’ve never been to.  I just may have visited this tea shop way back when it was directly on Locke Street but that was over 8 years ago, and I’m not even sure if it was the same tea shop -in any case the location on Pine just east of Locke was a first for me, and it was lovely.

 Vintage Garden Tea Room, Hamilton

vintage salt and pepper shakers

 

There were a lot of ladies there for high tea, with a small speckle of the men-folk.  The atmosphere was abuzz with quite a stir and chatter as tables received their tea leaf readings. There were also hats and other fancies that if you so desired you could don to add to the dramatic flare of afternoon tea time.

This was my first tea reading, and I must say that I was thoroughly impressed.  I’m not necessarily one for psychics and the sort, however in the past few years I have had a couple of tarot card readings at showers and bachelorettes that have intrigued me.  This tea reading was by far the best!  For $12 the resident tea leaf reader Sandee doesn’t mess around: she’s direct, gets to the point, and doesn’t do a lot of seeking or prodding.  She tells it like it is, with specific time frames and scenarios for how your future might just play out.  I won’t reveal my reading (although it was interesting!) you’ll have to go and get one yourself.

Readings are done on Tuesdays and Fridays from 11am-2:15pm with the highly recommended suggestion to reserve a table and reading before hand.

Vintage Garden Tea Room, Hamilton, Ontario

Sorry about the picture of the half eaten scone -we couldn't resist some sampling before I got around to photo taking.

 

You can go for the full English High Tea spread complete with cucumber sandwiches and sweet treats.  We opted for a Cream Tea, which came with the most delicious and fresh scone, clotted cream and preserves plus a pot of loose leaf tea of your choice.

Vintage Garden Tea Room, Hamilton, Ontario

 

*Vintage Garden Tea Room, 35 Pine Street, 905.523.8282, Tues-Sat. 11-4

 

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