As a country, we raised over £73 million pounds for comic relief this year! Isn't that an incredible thought? Millions of Britons, up and down the country donated money, cake and time to make a difference to vulnerable people's lives around the globe. However small, the staff and customers at Selah had a part in that and it made us so proud to unite against poverty!
We were also thrilled to share our Maltesers Cake (below) on our social media as part of Comic Relief's fundraising campaign #bakeamillion. For each cake baked & shared with the hashtag, Maltesers would donate £5 towards a target of £1 million!
So all around, an excellent day fundraising. At the last count, Selah raised £50 from cake sales, which for a tiny independent (with only seven tables!) is not bad at all! We'd like to say thank you to all our customers who donated and in honour of you we salute our noses to you!
"Love is sweet"
Albert Camus once said that, “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower" and as I've been wandering around Llanishen village this month I can certainly appreciate his meaning. Yes, the wind is nippier and the weather is shall we say... 'typically British'? But there is an elegant beauty in the silent, but colourful tumbling of the Autumn leaves as they flutter past our customers sitting by our windows.
This time of year never fails to remind me of our family trip to Boston & New England in the height of America's 'Fall'. Where the Vermont was a riot of russet and pumpkin patches were almost as common as the homely bowls of clam chowder with culfs of sour dough bread available at every stop.
So I decided to try and capture a bit of that Autumnal glory and scatter it about in Selah, to herald the change of season. Take about 1,000 artificial leaves, a good glue gun and with a generous dollop of patience this is the result!
This change of season is also reflected in our menu this month. With the arrival of the pumpkin harvest, we've been experimenting with sensational squashes and recreating some of the dishes we had in Vermont...
A final thought before I head out to restock on pumpkins for this week's menu. Whilst others baulk at the Americanism, we love the 'yank' word for Autumn, its such a sensible word to described the passing of a season heralded by cascading leaves. For those logophilles among you, our modern word 'Autumn' comes from the ancient Etruscan root autu- (and has within it connotations of the passing of the year), which was pilfered by the Romans to become the Latin word Autumnus. NOW... onward to the pumkpin patch!
"You've got cancer"...
... three of the most terrifying words you can hear in a lifetime.
Despite the incredible advances we've made in research and treatment, when people hear those words for the first time they instantly feel like they've been issued with a countdown to the end. But now, more of us than ever are surviving cancer, which is all down to the research and funding-raising that helps us fight.
One of our staff is a student-doctor and she has described some truly amazing stories of courage and determination to beat cancer, shown by the patients in her clinics. Together, we truly will beat cancer.
In 2014, 31% of the new cases of cancer in Welsh Women were due to Breast Cancer.
Many of us at Selah, like the rest of the country have known someone who has been touched by cancer. So, to show our support for Cancer Research and solidarity with those brave women who are currently battling, beaten, or lost their battle to cancer, we are "Going Pink for October". We will be selling a Pink Milk & Cookie and 50% of each sale will go to Macmillian at the end of our fundraising year (July 2017)..
Macmillian is a charity close to our hearts and in the past we've hosted MP Julie Morgan's Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillian. It was a wonderful event, so moving and inspirational and in total we raised £272.72 for Velindre Cancer Center. Not bad going for a tiny tea room with only seven tables!
In the battle against cancer the best weapon we have is early diagnosis. So look out for these signs and symptoms and let's not forget that a percentage of men are diagnosed with breast cancer every year too, so look out for your hubby!
For more information head over to Macmillian's fantastic website for more information:
All of this got me thinking about our own experiences with cancer and I remembered all the times we've taken part in the Cancer Research Race For Life as a family.
It is a wonderful way to proactively fund raise, meet truly inspirational people and have a giggle whilst making a difference. So I rummaged around and found our Race For Life medals in the bottom of a draw! I thought they should be displayed proudly and suddenly, I felt my hand itching for my glue gun!
So I came up with a crafty DIY tutorial for you!
Ready for the quickest tutorial ever? GO!
1) Remove the ribbons from the medals.
2) Glue the magnet to the back
(be careful as the metal will become hot).
3) Tie ribbons back on in a bow, trim ends into a fishtail!
Phew! Told you it was fast!
The finished article!
Display your medals proudly and help us spread breast cancer awareness!
A chain crash during the men's Omnium (160 laps of pure endurance) caused by our own Mark Cavendish unseated the South Korean cyclist, Sanghoon Park who in turn took out another two riders! The astounding thing was that the fallen Italian rider Elia Viviani, managed to get up and go on to win gold! The women's elimination was just a joy to watch with Laura Trott emerging as the queen of the track!
And whilst he may not be British, watching Usain Bolt win his 7th Gold Medal reminded me of when we were lucky enough to see him win his 6th in the 2012 London games. That was the year of his iconic stance 'The Bolt' and I even managed to get a Beefeater swept up in Bolt-fever at the Tower of London!
The thing we love about the Olympics is not the glory nor gold, but the excellent example of team work and dedication it gives to the world. Good team work can make a place of work actually feel like a home-from-home and that's what we strive for at Selah. Indeed we welcomed a new member to our team today, who was carefully watched over by one of our oldest hands...A Yoda to his Luke Skywalker if you will, teaching him the ways of the (coffee) force.
So here's to you Team GB! Keep calm and win more medals! And to our customers, Go For Gold with our Individual Lemon Drizzle 'Medals' - they're definitely more edible than the Rio ones!
P.S. We thought we'd just add in what is, in our opinion, the best photo to come out of Rio 2016 yet....
Still cool at 36.7kmh,,,
...to the social side of Selah Cafe and Tea Rooms! Here we'll share general musings, tasty food adventures and a smattering of crafty ideas. We hope you enjoy seeing the other side to Selah and the individuals that power it!