July 25th, 2016 (10:40 am)
current mood: contemplative
Well after making four cakes I've managed to get through the birthday business. Mr W chomped his way through a rather large Baileys cake and has almost polished off the strawberries and cream one as well. I gave two of the cakes away as I don't bake much these days so my friends were keen to get their hands on them. As regards presents my family went mad with money (bless them) and everybody else went mad with candles and a rather spectacular lacy knickers! Technically it's miniscule but, bearing in mind it has to fit me, there still seems to be a lot of it! My beam end has broadened over the years so there won't be any pictures!!!
The Tour de France has ended and I am now going through withdrawal symptoms but I've camping friends turning up soon so that will take my mind off things. Technically they'll reside at the camp site which is situated next to us but as they seem to think our property is an extension of their tent they turn up, regularly, for tea, biscuits, cake and the odd pasty! I'll be sitting there with my 'stamped on smile' while I hear all their family problems from the past year. They have a large family so they'll have plenty to talk about! I've got in a load of DVD's as the female loves films and, although her husband isn't so keen, she manages to silence him enough so that the evenings are easier to manage than the daytime visits! They stay for a month but it seems much longer!
My hollyhock plants are now higher than the top of the kitchen windows and look wonderful. The friend who gave them to me because she had too many plants is a tad disconcerted as her plants are half the size of mine and are not flowering. I think I'd be a bit miffed too if that happened to me.
Starting my Christmas knitting and crochet sessions soon . . . any requests?