Since I was here last (it was only Friday, but feels like ages ago) I have made three big cakes... and not eaten any of them! The first was rather special as it was for an organisation called Free Cakes For Kids. I'd heard of them a couple of years ago via one of my students and at the time made a mental note it would be good to get involved one day. They provide birthday cakes for children who, for whatever reason, might not have a cake on their birthday
So being the year where instead of saying "I'll do that one day" I'm actually trying to get things done, I joined the Cambridge group and volunteered to make my first cake for a little girl called Orla who was two on Saturday. I was lucky enough to deliver the cake and meet Orla who declared "CAKE" when I came through her door! Her little face made it all worthwhile and I've ticked another thing off my sixty by sixty list. I'm now trying to think of some more things to add to the list that do not involve cake... I've got one or two things lined up but your suggestions are always welcome.
The second cake was for a good friend celebrating his 65 birthday. The landlord of our local pub organised a surprise party for him at the pub on Saturday evening as Vic apparently had never had a party before. And if you're having a party of course you have to have a birthday cake. Vic was almost as delighted as Orla proving cake can make you smile whether you are 65 or 2. It probably goes without saying that Vic is a bricklayer!
And the third cake was for my step daughter's baby shower which is where I've been today. It was organised by her friends at her Mum's home and we've had a lovely afternoon, chatting, playing silly games (for some reason I did really well at "Guess the Baby Food" which was quite disgusting) and eating a lovely buffet. I was so full I didn't get to try the cake!
Meanwhile we are still enjoying cold but beautiful days,
...and even colder nights but warmed by bonfires and hot soup... and spectacular fireworks organised by the village school.
And on a final note I discovered my pumpkin wasa runner up in a pumpkin carving competition held by Bridges, a cafe in Cambridge. At the suggestion of a friend on Facebook, I submitted a photo at the last minute and then forgot about it so it was a nice surprise to hear I'd won! I'll enjoy my free lunch.
So that was my weekend... how was yours?