High Tea with Boyo



My Boyo is a top little bloke.  He’s smart and funny and loyal.  He loves a chat.  Can’t think where he gets that from.  He knows absolutely everything about Pokemon and he kicks butt on Mario Kart.  He really cares about people and he’s a thinker.  He’s a poet.  His haiku moves me to tears.  I could not be prouder of him.

On Friday night, we decamped to the Sheraton on the Park for the first event in the Festival of Kimba.  We could have easily arranged a sleepover for him and gone on our own, but it felt wrong to leave him out of the celebrations.  Anniversary celebrations, yes.  Birthday celebrations?  No, I don’t think so.  Birthdays are all about family, and he is very much an integral member of our family.



We had a lovely time, enjoying swimming in the hotel pool, snuggling up watching a movie, working our way through absolutely enormous room service burgers and club sandwiches, not to mention the fabulous buffet breakfast.

As we were wandering through Westfield on Saturday morning (I may have been dawdling a little, soaking up some window shopping but shhhh, don’t tell anyone!), I noticed Boyo drawing the Welshman aside for a little chat.  He wanted to continue the celebrations and take me for high tea at the Victoria Room Tea Salon on Sunday, when the Welshman flew to Singapore for a short business trip.



Bless his little cotton socks!  He knew how much I enjoyed my Annual Ladies High Tea, and he wanted to share the experience with me, something he knew I would really enjoy.

Sunday morning found us kissing the Welshman goodbye as he left for the airport, and Boyo and I heading into the city for our Mama-Boyo adventure.

Catching the bus is a big part of the experience, as is perusing the menu and making your own decisions.  He spent quite some time choosing exactly which delicious scone he’d like to eat.  I did have to gently suggest that as lovely as Rich Chocolate Cake is, it is not lunch.  And that I would not be rich after paying $11 for a slice of cake.



We decided on a Classic High Tea, with its complement of ribbon sandwiches, scone with jam and cream, and dessert delicacies, with Darjeeling tea for Mama and the utter luxury of a Coke for Boyo.

Boyo ate the chicken sandwiches, leaving me the delicious roast beef and scrumptious smoked salmon.  This is big news, as they had green stuff in them.  Green stuff!  He very solemnly informed me that it was because “it was wild herbs, Mum.”  Apparently, this makes all the difference.  I’ll be wheeling out “wild herbs” at every dinner plate opportunity from here on in.



A woman stopped by our table to compliment Boyo on his manners and have a little chat about how nice it was to see a small boy enjoying a special occasion with his mother.  I can’t tell you how much this mama enjoys unprompted compliments about her gorgeously behaved child.



After our lovely lunch, we headed off for a quick wander through the shops.  I took Boyo to the delight that is the Seed Candy Bar, where he was allowed to choose a treat or two.  He somehow managed to talk me into a side trip to the Myer toy department where he spent his accrued pocket money on some Mario figurines.  Now that I think of it, he never did pay me back, the little monkey.

I even managed a quick side trip to check out a couple of “lady shops” and purchased a statement necklace from Sportsgirl for the princely sum of $9.95.  Love a clearance sale!





Next step in our busy Sunday was a trip to the park to catch up with some friends, then an early dinner at friends.

We did miss the Welshman, but it was a lovely experience, just the two of us.  He’s a very special little chap and I’m delighted he chose me to be his mama.





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  • Catherine CupOfTea - 7 August 2012 - 9.44 pm

    Oh this actually made me cry. What an absolutely amazing young chap your boyo is!! You must be SO proud of him xxReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 7 August 2012 - 9.48 pm

      Oh bless your little cotton socks, Catherine! He’s not a paragon – he loses a lunchbox per day – but he is pretty awesome! xReplyCancel

  • Carmen J - 7 August 2012 - 9.40 pm

    What a beautiful post… and a truly gorgeous boyo you have there Kimba! Glad your weekend together was so much fun! 😀 ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Lanfranca - 7 August 2012 - 8.11 pm

    He sounds so amazingly sweet, you’ve obviously done a wonderful job so far 🙂 And I couldn’t agree more, birthdays ARE for family.
    Glad you enjoyed your festival xReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 7 August 2012 - 8.44 pm

      Thanks, Kelly. I’ll take the credit, but I’m pretty sure it’s nature not nurture! xReplyCancel

  • Rachel @ TheKidsAreAllRight - 7 August 2012 - 7.56 pm

    So gorgeous. I love kiddy dates. They are so delightful. Your post brought tears to my eyes. Plus I love that figurine he’s clutching as he checks out the menu. You are a lucky mama.ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 7 August 2012 - 8.47 pm

      Oh, Rachel, that’s very sweet of you! He even wanted to wear shoes rather than his Crocs (this is an ongoing discussion!) because it was a special occasion, bless. The figurine is Bowser from Super Mario Bros. If you’d like a lesson, just me know! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • BossyMummy - 7 August 2012 - 4.46 pm

    What a gorgeous celebration for you. Happy Birthday! ReplyCancel

  • Kuku Couture - 7 August 2012 - 4.23 pm

    So lovely, I can’t wait till my babies are old enough for big city adventures like this ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 7 August 2012 - 4.33 pm

      Definitely something to look forward to! I vividly remember annual trips to the city with my mother. We’d have strawberry milkshakes at the Farmers cafe, all dressed up for a day in town.ReplyCancel

  • Penny - 7 August 2012 - 4.04 pm

    I can only hope I’ll have a daughter just like your son, um… That didn’t sound right but I only have daughters. Try again. I hope I will have a daughter as thoughtful as your son. What a sweet heart. ReplyCancel

  • Grace - 7 August 2012 - 1.25 pm

    I love your stories with Boyo! What a beautiful tight bond you guys have.
    Happy belated birthday! That statement necklace looks fabulous on you 🙂 xReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 7 August 2012 - 4.34 pm

      Festival of Kimba has a few more days to go – I think it officially ends on Sunday! Not belated yet – my actual birthday is this Thursday! 🙂 Thanks – I’m very lucky with my little dude.ReplyCancel

  • Rita - 7 August 2012 - 1.20 pm

    Such a nice post and your son is adorable!ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 7 August 2012 - 4.35 pm

      Thanks, Rita. He’s definitely a keeper! I’m dreading the teenage years, I have to say, but I will be able to look at my archives and remember when he made grown women coo with tales of his manners! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • misha0573 - 7 August 2012 - 1.02 pm

    You seem to have such a close relationship with your son. So beautiful to see. What a wonderful time you all had together!ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 7 August 2012 - 4.36 pm

      I’m lucky that I got such a lovely boy. I don’t know if it is an only child thing or just that he is a sweetpea. xReplyCancel

  • salwa - 7 August 2012 - 12.47 pm

    Looks like you guys had fabulous time. I love high tea. Only been once but have to do it again. ReplyCancel

  • Ingrid - 7 August 2012 - 11.21 am

    Such a beautiful post:) Thank you for sharing and that high tea looks delicious XReplyCancel

  • Jess Whoamamma - 7 August 2012 - 10.26 am

    A Happy Belated Birthday to you! The Festival of Kimba looked absolutely delightful. But the best present was spending time with your gorgeous Boyo, wasn’t it. Any child that behaves around pots of tea and macaroons deserves their own festival too. So lovely xxxReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 7 August 2012 - 4.39 pm

      Nope, not belated yet. My birthday isn’t until Thursday, and the Festival of Kimba is officially over on Sunday. Just like to have a proper celebration! I think that actually every day might be Festival of Boyo. 😉ReplyCancel

  • CassandraHodges - 7 August 2012 - 10.09 am

    Your boyo is the sweetest! He’ll make some special lady very happy one day 🙂 Sounds like you are doing all the Mumma things right with him xoReplyCancel

  • Yvette Bowyer - 7 August 2012 - 10.01 am

    What a fabulous weekend you had!!! Thats such a great warm fuzzy weekend – makes me want to drink high tea with my children!!! 🙂 Hope you have lots more!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 7 August 2012 - 4.41 pm

      It was lovely – and there’s more to come this weekend! 🙂 Dinner out Thursday night, lunch out Friday with the Welshman at Chiswick, followed by Champagne Friday with the Gorgeous Girls, then Surprise Saturday. Plus I even get presents! xReplyCancel

  • bachelormum - 7 August 2012 - 10.01 am

    When my daughter is complemented for her manners my heart sings. Sounds like u had a lovely time with yr family.ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 7 August 2012 - 4.41 pm

      It makes you just feel like you’re doing an OK job, doesn’t it? It was a lovely weekend. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • MsMandie - 7 August 2012 - 8.13 am

    That jaws such a beautiful share! What a gorgeous boy you have there. (The high tea looks delicious, by the way!!)ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 7 August 2012 - 10.00 am

      Thank you Mandie. He is a bit sweet, and the high tea was divine! The rose scone has delicious turkish delight on it which makes it even yummier!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel from Redcliffe Style - 7 August 2012 - 7.53 am

    What a lovely day! You and boyo have such a wonderful relationship. I love having a sneak peak at it. Rachel xReplyCancel

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