Teacups Press

After what feels like ages (actually about 4 months), I’m now nearly ready to publish my first guidebook to splendid tearooms, part of the forthcoming Tearoom Delights series.

I’m aiming to get it to the printer in the next week or so and then, hopefully, receive the finished article in mid-June. Between now and then, however, I have a few reviews to complete and some odds and ends to tidy up.

Yesterday, to refresh my memory before finishing the review, I revisited one of the featured tearooms.  I had never had a scone in this place and I was very keen to remedy this situation, particularly as on a previous visit they had looked very good indeed. Yesterday the options were fruit, plain or banana and brown sugar. The banana and brown sugar looked so good I couldn’t resist:

The photo really doesn’t do it justice, it was an outstandingly good scone. I had thought that it was a piece of dried banana on top, but it turned out to be fresh banana which just melted in my mouth, all soft and delicious. I washed it down with beautifully fragrant Lady Grey tea (a vague glimpse of a fruit scone can be seen behind the milk jug, the choice of my delightful assistant):

The weather in Scotland, indeed the whole of the UK, has been unseasonably warm over the past couple of days, and after our refreshments we headed to a very quiet country road for a stroll amongst the livestock and wildflowers. I made chums with this very curious cow, the only one of the herd who seemed remotely interested in having her picture taken:

I also found some attentive sheeps with lovely black-faced lambs. Whenever I see sheep, I say ‘sheeps!’ just because it amuses me:

One of my favourite trees is the hawthorn, and the roadside verges were filled with hawthorns in beautiful bloom:

It was a very hazy start to the day, but it was in the mid-20s (very warm for Scotland) and by late afternoon the haze had burnt off.  This picture was taken while the haze was still very much in evidence, and the temperature was rising:

I don’t know if this is a worldwide phenomenon, but it’s not all that unusual to find an old bath plonked in a field in the Scottish countryside. What is more unusual, however, is finding one that still has the taps on:

Back to the subject of the book, one of the things I had to do was come up with a name for my publishing house (in reality, more of a publishing corner of a room). I was amazed to find that many of the names I came up with were already in use, but eventually I settled on one that would appear to be fairly unique: Teacups Press. It now has its own little website (WordPress blog) although there’s not much on it yet.

In due course, I’ll be posting more information about the wee book, how you can get a copy if you want one, and all that sort of thing. At the moment it’s coming out in an A6 paperback format, but if it does well I’d like to try and make the series available as e-books.

In the meantime, this is what’s going to be on the front cover:

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  1. MONYA NEBA

    Mmmm…banana and brown sugar scone :) And well done!

  2. Very excited about you book Lorna! WOW!!!Sheeeps amuse me to no end and the very stoutly docile expression on the cow’s face has an amazing resemblance to an aunt of mine. Scotland is beautiful and you have an exceptional eye for unusual things!

    • Ha ha, the thought of that cow reminding you of an aunt really made me laugh. She (the cow) does have some personality, I think. Thanks for being excited about the book, did you make a decision about how to publish yours?

      • I got signed by an excellent publisher Lorna! They cut me a very sweet 3-book deal. Very excited about it. My book will be out end 2013. I think the wait will be well worth it!

        • Wow, Shona, that’s fantastic news! I’m so pleased for you! You (and I, because I want to read it!) will have to be quite patient, but as you say it will be worth it. Excellent!

  3. In the words of your blog title that’s truly ‘delightful!’ I’m impressed by how it’s all come together for you and no doubt your very excited. I think an ebook is a wonderful idea too, congrats again and look forward to hearing more on this once the book’s released.

    • Thank you Alice, I am quite excited about it, it’ll be nice to see it printed and bound. I’ll be boring you to death with it when it’s out!

  4. The book sounds lovely and a yummylicious post as always!!

  5. I will look forward to hearing more about your book. I like the lovely cover picture that you will use
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    • Thanks very much, I really didn’t know what to put on the cover but a few days ago I made some scones and set up a few teacups up in the hope of getting a reasonable picture.

  6. Yummm :) And love the photos – Miss Mooo-Cow is ready for her close-up. Love the sheeps (sheepie-baahs) and looking forward to hearing more about the book. How wonderful! I do so live vicariously through you… :)
    Hugs,
    Steff

    • Thank you Steff, how nice of you to say so. Sheepie-baahs is great, I’m going to say that next time I see some. Baaaaaaa.

  7. It all sounds really exciting! Can’t wait to hear more about the book :)

  8. Lorna, I knew a book was forthcoming, of course, but to learn that we will see something soon (not to mention the cover shot for the book) is so exciting! So proud of you! Cannot wait! Your photos are wonderful, too. Yes, folks around here put bathtubs (and toilets, errr) in their fields and yards. Can’t bear to part with them??

    • Ah, so that’s it, they grow attached to their bathroom furniture, I didn’t realise. I’ll look at these baths with new eyes now. Thanks for your excitement re: the book, it will be great when I’ve handed it over to the printer and can do no more (and then not so great when I get the printed copies and find all the mistakes I missed!).

      • Don’t re-read it too closely! Oh, and I love the name Teacups Press!

        • I don’t think I’ll be able to stop myself from proofreading it, unfortunately, and even if I do, some kind member of my pedantic family will doubtless point out the errata! I’m delighted that you like the name, I rather like it myself. :)

  9. Yolanda Presant

    Lovely and well-done, Lorna. What an exciting time for you!

  10. Congratulations, Lorna! I am amazed at how quickly you are putting this together! I do think that these guidebooks of yours will be a sensation, and I look forward to following the develoment of them. Count me in! My brother lives in Edinburgh, and I’d be happy to purchase a book for him (and one for myself, so that I can be constantly enticed to make a visit ;-)).

    • Oh Robin, you’re so sweet! Thank you very much, I feel as if it’s taken me a long time but I think that’s just my natural impatience. I’m already keen to get on with the next one and I haven’t quite finished the first one yet. I didn’t realise you had a brother in Edinburgh, it’s a great place to visit! And not too far from me so I could pop down and take you for tea. ;)

  11. Congrats on the guidebook! How exciting. Absolutely fabulous photos of the countryside. I haven’t been in Scotland in a number of years, but your pictures bring back all those wonderful memories.

  12. It’s so exciting that your first book is ready!! Lovely cover picture :) x

  13. Wow… I am impressed that you are ready to print… love the name of your publishing company…your front cover is gorgeous (and is that a “Betty Teapot?” Can’t wait to see your book and love the idea of an ebook too. You do an awesome job! oh, and that scone looks scrumptious…

    • Thanks very much Linda, I think that’s a copy of a ‘Betty’ teapot, a modern take on it. You might not be so impressed when I display the finished result! I was lying in bed last night thinking that there’s so much more I could add to the book, different things I could put in, and it’s very tempting to push the deadline back, but if I do that I’ll probably regret it. I’m just going to bite the bullet and put this first one out quickly to see what sort of reactions it gets. If nobody likes it I’ll know I need to change what I’m doing. Another thing I was thinking last night was that the photo wasn’t good enough and I should find another one, so thank you for saying nice things about it. :)

  14. That’s very exciting! Good luck with next steps. I love your cover shot, and partly that is because we have the same green teapot, same tile as it’s on, and nearly the same vase! Great minds, with great taste, etc. etc.

    I really like the name of your press too.

    • Thanks Christine, I’ve known for a while that you are a lady of great taste! :) It’s reassuring to hear that the cover shot looks okay to people because, as I’ve just written in reply to Linda of Tea With Betty, I was lying awake last night thinking it wasn’t up to much (it’s entirely the fault of this weather – too warm to sleep in Scotland?! Unbelievable). I’m glad you like the name ‘Teacups Press’, too; I had wanted it to be ‘Teapot Press’ but it was already being used, not surprisingly. Teacups is quite sweet, and I think it might be possible to design a nice little logo for it.

      • I think the cover is perfect! I also like “Teacups Press” because teacups are somewhat magical, being things where certain talented individuals can read your future. (And of course my wordplay mind thinks, Yes sometimes they do!) The potential for a good logo is also very high with a teacup.

        • Thank you Christine, that’s very much appreciated, I’ve been arguing with myself today about the cover so it’s nice to have that comment. I hadn’t thought of the tealeaf reading in teacups, that’s an interesting point and gives me some new ideas. You’re inspiring me! :)

  15. Hi,
    Wow, that sounds great, I wish you all the best of luck with your book.
    I must say the banana and brown sugar scone looks delicious.

    It is also common in Australia to see old bathtubs being used in paddocks, but like where you are normally there are no taps. :D

    • Thank you very much Mags, it’s nice to hear about other countries having this same thing going on with the bathtubs, it unites us all! I think that scone was a special on the day, I had the impression from the lady who runs the place that it was a new flavour and I hope they keep doing it because it was a real winner, in my opinion.

  16. Well done on the completion of your first guide, how exciting! And I love the name. I hope all goes well.
    Love the pics of the latest tearoom, and the scone looks delicious.
    We used to see baths and sinks like that in Wales, too. The sheeps do like a nice bath to keep their fleeces fluffy.

    • Thank you very much Jo, and thanks to you and Colin for pointing me in the right direction on several points, very much appreciated. I’m glad you like the name, it’s been growing on me and I feel quite attached to it now.

      Sinks are a bit more unusual up here, I think. I’m sure I must have seen them, but it’s baths that really stick in my mind. I went past a field the other day that had three baths altogether (no taps). Perhaps I could start photographing them, the way you did with signs. Not quite the same, admittedly. I hadn’t thought of them being left out for the sheeps to bathe in, what a lovely idea.

  17. wow! it is certainly a great feeling to have completed the book! congratulations!

  18. How wonderful that your book is almost coming out!! I’m so happy for you :) I will definitely buy a copy, so can’t wait to hear all those details! I was thinking of publishing my blog in a book as well in the future…more like a guide for tourists visiting Piemonte…who knows! Anyway, good luck with the final details!! :)

    • Thank you very much Letizia! :) That’s an exciting idea about making your blog into a book. It would be a great guide to Piemonte, you have a real gift of giving the flavour of a place. By the way, I love your new wee picture with the scooter.

  19. Great photos. And that banana and brown sugar scone looks like it was a good choice :) Yum!

  20. The countryside looks idyllic! My Gran takes my sisters and I, to tearooms in cottage country (City of Kawartha Lakes, Ontario), but those scones look far better :)

  21. Good luck with your first tearoom publication Lorna. Exciting times!

    I’ve got a bath tub too, and I can’t work out how or why – it’s under a bush, nowhere near anything else. Bonkers.

    • Thanks Finn! I think Annie of Anunrefinedvegan is right, people just can’t bear to part with their bathroom furniture. How funny that you’re storing one, too. Is there anything living in it?

      • Alas Lorna, my comment was a tad misleading. It’s not mine, it’s in the field just up the road under a hawthorn bush, and it’s now buried in the summer undergrowth.

        • Haha, sorry about that! I had this vision of you having forgetfully left a bath in your garden, which rather amused me. Strange though, isn’t it, how so many baths seem to live outdoors. You don’t often see other bits of furniture, but baths are very common.

  22. I think’s a beautiful picture for the cover of your book! Good luck, I’m sure you’ll be very successful.

  23. I can’t wait to see your book (great title)! Congratulations :)

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