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Eggles is 6 months old

There was a bit of a dinosaur theme, with hats and cups too

It’s a bit unusual to have a 6 months old birthday party, but as Ben and Tess aren’t having Edgar christened they thought his 6 months birthday would be a good excuse for a family get -together, so we’ve had a lovely party today at their flat. Four generations were there,  with his  two great-grandmothers , and the birthday boy was in great form. He didn’t seem to mind being the floor show – he’s nearly there with the crawling now – and was quite happy to be passed from person to person. His Mummmy and his Auntie Agata played Happy Birthday and his Daddy blew out the candle on the cake that I made. And, as you would expect, he liked the blue wrapping paper more than any of the pile of presents he was given!

He seems to like the book I made for him...

It’s lovely how a new baby unites the generations and brings such pleasure to everyone. And it was really good to have such a great get-together. Ben and Tess worked hard and gave us a lovely day.

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Too hot!

I must be about the only person complaining about the mini heatwave, but we’ve been painting the new garden fence today, and it really was too hot! I thought I was going to end up in a little puddle on the garden. There are nine panels and only five done so far, so we’ll be struggling on for a while yet. then the other side of the garden will be done, and that’s 17 panels, but at least it will be getting cooler by the time we get to them.

We had another celebration at the weekend – my uncle’s 70th birthday – so I just had to make him a cake!  He’s a LibDem councillor, hence the rosette.  He’s recently developed a thing for carrot cake, so  I found a good recipe for one suitable for a wedding cake, hoping it would be firm and easy to ice. I prefer to ice rich fruit cakes, and this was the first time I’d tried out putting the roll-out icing on top of soft icing, but it worked really well, and gave a similar finish to working on top of marzipan. So I was really pleased.  The cake recipe was great, too, really tasty – we had to try it out the week before, of course! I’m sure I shall be using it again. I found it on


 I did an 8 inch cake for us and a 10 inch one for the birthday cake. And ben and Tess liked it so much I’ve been requested to do it again for Edgar’s 6 month birthday. He’s not going to have a birthday every 6 months (!) but as he’s not having a christening Ben and Tess thought they’d have a family get-together anyway.

In case you wonder, the little circle above Happy Birthday was where the musical candle was going to go!

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