Tea & Cake For The Soul

“Tea & Cake for the Soul” is my way of trying to give a little something back by sharing my musings, travel stories, recommendations, tips, and recipes.

I’m a busy, married, mum of two grown up children, with a varied working background in education, admin, retail, hair and home care. My passions include music, travel, writing, reading, upcycling and spending time with friends and family.

In the past I have written articles and supplied photos that have been used in music books, magazines, cd booklets, and online forums/websites. I also run a Music Blog and Gig Guide, as well as the Social Media for several bands. All this led to me assisting a well- known footwear company with their advertising campaigns and new product designs.  I even wrote an online “book” once about growing up with a diet of music in the 70s and 80s. Read more here.

Some of the magazines, books and cds that I have had my work published in.

I enjoy going to car boot sales with my dad to find “projects” to upcycle, mostly household items or clothes. I get great pleasure (and quite often a lot of frustration) out of modifying something that someone no longer has use for, into something unique that can be loved and used again. I will share some of these projects with you in my DIY, Arts & Crafts section.

Find more upcycling projects in my DIY, Arts & Crafts section.

A couple of years back, I went on a real mission to reduce hefty bills like insurance and entertainment packages and it’s amazing what you can do with a bit of time, know-how and effort. I’m a savvy shopper and I share all my money-saving and household Top Tips and  How To ……..s  with you.

So as I lead a fairly frugal lifestyle in most areas, I am able to indulge in my other passion TravelIt was the comments received from the holiday diary of my first road trip to America that made me decide to get this blog up and running.  I had put so much time and effort into researching the trip that I thought if would be a shame to keep all that info to myself.

Lots of tips and budget things to see and do in my Days Out & Travel Section

I could pretend to be the perfect hostess and housewife and impress you with my culinary delights, but the truth is I just like cake, and only  when there is cake involved  am I prepared to spend lots of time in the kitchen! I will share some of my indulgences with you, including many that are dairy and gluten free! There will also be some savoury and budget Recipes too, including some that have been passed down through the generations.

Plenty of recipes to indulge in.

If something is good I like to shout about it, whether it be a book, a hotel, a  household product, TV programme or just good service. I will only post Reviews and Recommendations of things that I love.  You can catch up with my Recommended Reading  here  and  hotels and places to visit here


In late 2017 I wrote a series of self-help blogs about  Mental Illness. It was a long hard slog and took me more than a year to write but I finally published my personal story and hopefully lots of useful tips in how to deal with it for sufferers and carers. It  has received some great feedback.


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