It's been a year in my head and now it's finally becoming reality!!
'Open your own cafe' they said
'Sell these cake's pleeeease' the football mum's screeched
'OMG, you have a real talent' said the lady staring at the wedding cake I made for my friend
'You need to get on BAKE OFF and we are going to sign you up secretly' my group of friends chant sipping their tea and stuffing their faces with cake.
The trouble is, I have always been put off because my family situation is not the norm (who's is), BUT one of my little cherubs has a rare complex medical need and having my own cafe with employee's open every day would be unachievable at this present moment. So I've been racking my brains and then it clicked! I could have a travelling pop up cafe, the dates could be set around family life and hospital appointments. Win Win!
Whilst thinking about the how and what, I have been carrying out a Forest School leaders qualification which has encouraged me to focus on getting us humans out in the fresh air no matter what the weather. Being outside is great for well being but also with technology evolving, our children's environment, that they will be responsible for in the future is lacking the time and investment it needs to remain beautiful for their futures. Children need to learn how to look after their green space and environment and if they are not spending enough time in it then these skills will be lost.
So with this in mind my touring tearoom/pop up cafe/ cake and coffee spot will be showing up in areas of natural beauty across the Southdowns. Many children's parks don't have catering facilities which can sometimes mean that if parents show up forgetting snacks (I'm always doing this) then the time spent outside is cut short.
My vision is to create a relaxing space outside for parents/carers/grandparents/passers by to enjoy whilst filling their tummies with something yummy. Alongside this there will be nature hunts, tree identification and opportunities for children to recycle compostable coffee pods by seed planting amongst other nature loving activities.
Our ethos is to ‘leave no trace’ and so we are using compostable and recyclable materials where possible to minimise the impact on the very thing we are trying to promote, protect, maintain and look after.
I can hear your mind ticking, I can hear you, you're thinking "well that's alright in the summer!"
Awwww well, being outside isn't just for the summer. Imagine going on a Sunday walk in your local forest or woods, my touring cafe is in the car park and I hand you a winter scavenger hunt, hand warmers, hot water bottles and a coffee. You then return for warm soup and homemade bread and cake for your pudding. before you know it you've spent 3 hours outside. Like a very clever lady, Swedish-born Linda McGurk said There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing”. (McGurk, 2017)
So there it is, I will need to purchase something to travel in maybe a single horse box, an old Citroen H Van, something beautiful to catch the eye and this is where I need your help and support, pretty please. Think of it like an investment into your children's time spent outside and your own sanity. There will also be rewards so keep your eye out and for everyone that pledges £5 you can claim a tea/coffee when you come and see me plus there's other exciting rewards to be snapped up.
If you can't pledge any money then you could like and share on all my social media platforms too.
Twitter - @theteabarn
Instagram - @teabarn
Facebook - @teabarnhants
I am so grateful to everyone who has supported me so far on this journey and I look forward to this next exciting step! I can't contain myself, this is going to be EPIC!