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What a wonderful website. My darling mother and I were in the Roys of Wroxham superstore, Nr the Norfolk Broads, Norwich, when I came across your book entitled Nicey and Wifey.
Now as a female known as Niecey, it was intriguing to come across a Nicey (male!).
So, without further ado, I picked up the book, and have now visited your site. Splendid tea and biscuits too.
So from Niecey a hello to Nicey and wifey. There's nothing better than a dunky biscuit I say!
|Nicey replies: I'm thrilled that you bought your book at Roy's of Wroxham. When we used to go to the Norfolk broads on camping holidays in the 1970s we would occasionally visit Wroxham. My sister and I were amazed that seemingly every shop in Wroxham regardless of what it sold was a 'Roy's'. It was as if we had stumbled into a parallel world in which Roy was all powerful
||Dear Nicey,Wifey and YMOS|
On Wednesday afternoon, my husband and I came back to Korea after staying for three nights and four days in our motherland, Japan.
Sad to say, when we arrived at Haneda Airport(Tokyo), there was no lady with a green tea trolley to greet us, but Tokyo was so beautiful because the lovely pink-coloured cherry blossoms were in full bloom.
In Tokyo, my husband seemed to be busy visiting several offices on business.
As for me, I was busy dropping by corner shops enjoying biscuit hunting, as you guess.
And we flew back to Korea with a lot of biscuits I had gained in Tokyo, including a box of twenty "Black Thunder" biscuits, which are one of my favourite Japanese biscuits.
Well, I am a lady who love inexpensive,mass-produced biscuits that are available at corner shops and common supermarkets.
However, in remembrance of our brief retro life in Tokyo, I ventured to try to buy four extravagant biscuits at WEST shop.
The WEST shop is a confectioner well-known for its even finer and high end biscuits in Japan.
Actually, even a single biscuit cost me at 168JPY (about 0.82GBP / 1.64USD).
Interestingly, the confectioner calls its biscuits "Dry Cake", while it calls its fresh cakes (such as cheesecake, sponge cake covered with whipped cream and cream puff) just "Cake".
And it is fact that those 4 "Dry Cake" biscuits I bought were drier than Tunnock teacake and Jaffa Cake.
Anyway, I am very happy that I was able to get such gems of biscuits as well as common biscuits in Japan.
By the way, what lets me down is that I was not able to discover a gem of contemporary literature: Japanese version of NCOTAASD book in Japan. It seemed to me that your Japanese book has not been released in Japan, yet.
I do hope I will get it next time we fly to Japan.
Hiromi Miura (Seoul Korea)
|Nicey replies: Hello Hiromi,
It sounds like you had a lovely time back in Tokyo, even if you didn't get your cup of green tea at the airport..
Of course the main reason for our book being published in Japanese is so that you can read it. I've pointed this out at length to all concerned. Fingers crossed that you'll find it next time.
We have cherry trees all along our road, which have just began to blossom too. Each year they produce masses of black cherries most of which are eaten by birds or fall on to the road. This year Wifey plans to ask permission to grab a few pounds of them and turn them into her new found best drink ever, Cherry flavoured Vodka. NCOTAASD ISP Dr Borrill did this with his cherries and worked very well indeed.
Our cake trolley at EDS Swansea raised £212.28. The company was kind enough donate some cash to ensure that all staff got a free Welsh cake to celebrate St David's Day. Meant I was huddling over the bakestone for a good few hours, but it was worthwhile. My fellow bakers helped me out and we had a great showing with bara brith, lemon drizzle cake, loads of nice things like caramel slices and rocky road, fairy and butterfly cakes, and the best jam and cream scones I've ever tasted. I had intended to take a photo for you, but the gannets descended as soon as the cakes appeared. We all had a good time, but by the end of the day some of us were feeling poorer and ever so slightly queasy.
I went along to the Saint David's Day parade in Cardiff on the Saturday and I though it was really good. Not up to St. Patrick's Day in Dublin yet, but certainly enough to make your heart swell with pride.
|Nicey replies: Sue,
Glad to hear you made lots of tea and cake propelled dosh for your Charity. Well done to all your baking colleagues too.
Team NCOTAASD are just back from a week in the Alps, where the YMOS did very good impressions of small helmet wearing projectiles re-entering the earth's atmosphere. Wifey can officially now no longer keep up with them and is adapting her skiing style accordingly to a more sitting down with a hot chocolate whilst I go off and find ever steeper things for the YMOS to tackle.
On the way back yesterday morning we found ourselves on Paris's Gare du Nord at 6:00 am where I was forced to drink Liptons Yellow label tea in a paper cup of hot water and milk, for 2.40 Euros. Wifey has always wanted a romantic weekend in Paris, and arriving at 5:30 am after a night spent trying to sleep and a vinyl covered shelf surrounded by ski socks didn't seem to count. Not even one little tiny bit, although we did spot the odd glimpse of the Eiffel Tower on the way out.
So I better go and get that Guinness and see if we can celebrate St Patrick's Day in some style
|Just noticed your biscuit of the week. They're not a bad biscuit at all. Here's a photo of me at a festival in Serbia earlier this year, proudly holding a box of noblice.|
Just thought you might find it amusing, feel free to use on site! haha :)
|Nicey replies: Thanks Ian,
I'm impressed that you had to don protective head gear when handling them.
||I think I may have hallucinated a tea room. After three days holiday recently in the mountains south of Brecon, where tea rooms seem to be very few and far between, I was desperate for a cream tea. Anyway I found myself slightly lost somewhere south of Talybont on Usk, having missed my turning but carrying on in a spirit of enquiry, as you do, and I came across a tea room tucked away in the countryside. And this was a proper tea room, mind, serving home-made scones and bara brith, loose leaf tea in pots, with nice bone china cups.|
It was only afterwards that it occurred to me that it was too spookily perfect to be real. Had I stumbled across a fairy tea room that only appears once every seven years, or maybe it was a tea room of requirement that only appears to people desperate for a cream tea and a sit down. I wondered if anyone else may have encountered it in other parts of the world?
|Nicey replies: Yes I have some old reconnaissance photos of that area
We had a tea tour there some years back now and came across a tea place not far from CrickHowell in the village of Llangenny but this is east of Tal-y-bont so maybe the enchanted tea room is prone to manifesting itself in different locations.