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December 30, 2015

Baking for Christmas, GF or otherwise

I recently joined the Lewes Women in Business group, a fantastic group of very talented women with skills that I lack. Our leader a wonderful cook was hosting a Christmas baking day at the community prep kitchen in Lewes so I thought it would be a good idea to join her. Being the awkward one I requested GF flour and Stork margarine for my cakes.  With just 4 willing students Chloe introduced us to the joys of mixing by hand with ingredients that had so much brandy in them the fumes almost put us over the legal limit.

After a day of baking we had produced Christmas Biscotti, chocolate hazelnut biscotti, gingerbread dough and some delicious smelling cakes. I could barely carry my stash to the bus stop-blinding wind & rain didn’t help. I duly ‘fed’ my cakes with more brandy over the following weeks then waited for the orders to come in. Seems people in the village didn’t need gluten free cakes. Plan B. Luckily I have several friends who appreciated the opportunity to eat cake that wouldn’t make them ill so I was just left with one small loaf shaped cake-perfect for MOI.

A couple of weeks later I was asked to make regular cakes complete with marzipan & icing. I love a challenge! 2 x Yule logs & Mince pies too…..

Now my kitchen is tiny, in real life it isn’t a kitchen, it’s a space you walk through at the top of the stairs. My workspace is 4′ long, needless to say it took military precision to organise the baking, storage and decorating of these cakes. I pulled it off. whew. Even made a chocolate snowman cake for a special GF customer.white cake12317341_1072790349408291_1312000709_n

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GF snowman cake

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Falling bauble cake

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July 27, 2012

Bell ringing

I went along to St. Mary’s church in Ringmer this morning to take part in the bell ringing. A large group of villagers turned out with eager hands for the celebration. I was given a hand bell which had quite a dull dong so when the offer came to ring the church bells I jumped at the chance. Up lots of steep steps, almost in need of resuscitation when I reached the top where more volunteers were waiting with their professional helpers. I was ably assisted by Ian who promptly went into overdrive about church bell ringing. All of which went straight over my head. Being only 5′ 2″ I had trouble reaching the ‘Sally’ (the fluffy bit) so I had to stand on tippy toes to reach! We had a countdown and the peeling began, 3 minutes of tugging on the rope (with Ian’s help) and my hands were sore & upper arms ached. Then we were offered the chance to ascend the bell tower up a ladder & through loft hatch. I was up for it but then once I had got almost level with the bells my bottle deserted me & I had to climb back down.

Croissants & coffee awaited us in the church hall and a certificate to say I was there!

 

July 18, 2012

Life without a car

Looks like the relationship between me & Betty has come to an end. Betty is a 12yr old Nissan Micra that my dad bought new in 2000. She never missed a service and has only clocked up just over 60,000 miles.Dad never drove very far in her, she made it to Yorkshire last year, the furthest she ever went.

I don’t understand cars, can’t even change a tyre, I know where to put oil, screen wash and petrol, that’s it.

The man at the garage was very kind explaining this & that trying to make me understand that Betty was defunct and was not worth the cost of repairing, there would be no guarantee that she would last very long even after the repair to get her through the MOT.

So now I’m coming to terms of losing Dad’s car and my independence. I’m lucky to live in a village with a frequent bus service which will take me to Hove so I can look after my grandson ( double the time it takes to drive), get me to Lewes to do my shift at Oxfam and to Uckfield to see my mum. It will enable me to do 2 of my Lets Get Moving jobs but one will have to be dropped, too far & no bus. It won’t get me to Forest Row to sell my wares at Mansion market or to the shows I do every year. I will miss them but I’ll have to adjust.

Life changes all the time, throws up new challenges. Now I have to be positive and move on. I shall make the most of Betty til the end of the month then wave her goodbye (after removing the AA badge from her front).

She may go the Fire service or the police, but I’d quite like a few pennies for her to put toward a shopping trolley and an annual bus pass!

 

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July 29, 2011

Mays Vintage tea room in Ringmer Village hall

Every Friday from ten til one this wonderful tea room will be serving home made cakes,scones etc and proper coffee and tea.The room has a delightful atmosphere, surrounded by vintage tablecoths, silverware and crockery. My handmade cards will be on sale every week.

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