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Martyna Wren’s Vintage Tea Shop Tour – Bristol

I am delighted to be able to have discovered Martyna Wren recently. Martyna is a vintage style British singer-songwriter; singing in an old fashioned style her own songs as well as those classics we all know. Her voice is beautiful and it is the perfect thing to listen to on a lazy afternoon. Her whole album has been recorded using authentic 50’s and 60’s equipment and methods, meaning the tracks all have a lovely nostalgic and timeless charm to them. I love the song Al Capone’s Girl – take a listen below:

Martyna is currently on a Vintage Tea Shop Tour, which sounds like a fantastic idea to me! You can have an afternoon tea whilst Martyna sings her songs. As a lover of tea, vintage and music, this sounds like the perfect combination!

Martyna is coming to Bristol on her tour this Sunday, 28th September at  3.30pm at Cox and Baloney, A vintage shop and tea rooms. It’s £22 per ticket, which includes afternoon tea and Martyna’s performance. Other dates are up on Martyna’s website.


As Martyna is coming to Bristol, I was lucky enough to ask her a few questions! Here is my little interview with her:

Your love of vintage shines through your music and your style. What is your favourite vintage piece you own?

“My favourite vintage piece is the original 50’s dress I wore on my album cover. It’s blue lace with a net underskirt. Completely impractical but so beautiful.”
What inspired you to undertake a tea shop tour?
“The tea shop tour came about through my love of vintage and how much I enjoy having afternoon tea with friends. The album is steeped in nostalgia and the vintage tea rooms seem like the perfect setting to perform in whilst being able to share a vintage experience with the audience.”
If you could duet with any singer of the past, who would it be? 
“If I could duet with any singer from the past it would be Gene Kelly. I think he had a magic about him and a charisma that is so special (Plus I’d get to pretend I was in a big musical dance number from one of my favourite films).”
What is your favourite track from your album? 
“It’s hard to pick a favourite track because they all mean something to me but my top three would be Al Capone’s Girl, The World Can Wait and Two of a Kind.”
what is your favourite book? 
“My favourite book is Beloved Chicago Man. It’s the letters of Simone De Beauvoir to Nelson Algren between 1947-64. I go back to it time and time again.”
And lastly, how do you take your tea?
“I have to confess I’m a coffee drinker. Black with sugar and definitely a cake or two on the side!”
Thanks to Martyna for taking the time to reply to my questions. I am definitely going to add that book to my to read list, and I’ll let you off on the tea, because you can sing so lovely!
Martyna’s album The World Can Wait is available now.


My Week on Wednesday. On Friday. Ahem


My we

Well, this week seems to have flown past. I also can barely remember what I have done this week! As you may have realised, today is Friday, not Wednesday. Everything has taken twice as long to do this week for some reason (mainly Bubs related – see below!)


I have started a new job this month, well, it’s a secondment but its in a role I haven’t done before. I am quite excited by this, there are a lot of changes happening at the moment and it’s been good to get involved in something new, and to challenge my brain a bit.

My sister has moved in with us as a temporary measure.  She has moved from London for various reasons, and I am glad I could help her out with my spare room. It is nice to have her around, actually. Having someone else in the house though is a big change and trying to get used to her, and all her stuff, is a little trying at times! It’s been a first good week though, and I am looking forward to having a few girly nights in with her (and hopefully a few nights out!). oh, and hopefully she will babysit for me too!

I am still going strong with my weight watchers, and whilst I have lost weight this week, it is still only a small loss (half a pound). I don’t mind as long as the numbers don’t go up, but I really would like to see a few more knocked off the scales soonish! I haven’t started any activity yet but it is high on my list of things to get sorted as soon as possible. I need to move!


I have read a great book this week, We Were Liars. It is a book about a family, and the main narrator of the book is Cady, who is one of the grandchildren, whom everyone calls the Liars. After an accident occurs, Cady tries to put the pieces together as to what happened to her in Summer Fifteen. A great read and one that kept me thinking and wondering until the end! I feel like I need to read it again now though!

I also finished reading The Stolen Girl – and I have written a review here. I really enjoyed this book, another one with tension and wondering what has happened until the end!


Bubs is amazing me every day with her words. She is using two word sentences and it seems like new words are added to her vocabulary on a daily basis. With new words, and new learning, comes new frustrations, and new challenges for us.

This week, it has all been about naps. Not napping, or napping and then not wanting to sleep in the evening. We had two days with no naps, and then 5pm bedtimes. We have had days with two hour naps, and then 9pm bedtimes. I feel completely tired, and knackered. I don’t get any time in the evening to blog, or to do anything I want to really.

One good thing, is that the last few days she has started to eat better, we have had a few weeks now with her being ultra fussy with food. Yesterday she just picked up her spoon and ate all her dinner! She has had a good day today with food aswell,

Tonight, I am lucky. She has gone to sleep before 8.30pm – so we’re making progress. I am just sticking to the routine, being consistent, not bringing her downstairs at all, and it seems to be working. Hence why I can write my wednesday post on a friday night!


I have some lovely Pukka Tea to try and review on the blog soon, and I also have another tea-related drink coming soon. Watch this space!