Sunday 17th June 2012 – The Jury’s Out

The Jury’s out on today’s activities. It wouldn’t have been so bad if they hadn’t got so wet yesterday. If it hadn’t been for that they might have had more of an appetite for getting wet today. I think we are waiting to see how the weather looks before we go out.

I think it is safe to say that yesterday was probably the first and last time that a school photograph could be blamed for spoiling the marmalade. In her usual, trying to fit more things than there are hours in the day, my Mistress decided to bake a cake and make marmalade as well as going for Andy’s jubilee school photograph. None of that may sound unusual except my Mistress can’t eat eggs, or wheat flour or margarine or butter, basically the usual ingredients of a cake. She had this bright idea of substituting rice flour, egg substitute – so far so good – and olive oil! Now olive oil has quite strong taste of olives. Oh she added vanilla essence and coffee, but basically it was an olive sponge cake. Ok if you like olives, but it’s never going to be a commercial success. Meanwhile back at the marmalade it was left to boil while they went to the school jubilee photo. Except that instead of being out for half an hour they were gone for about an hour and a half and in that time an awful lot of boiling can take place and there wasn’t so much left a there was supposed to be. Now if you’ve ever seen my Mistress in a bad mood, you’ll have some idea of how she looked yesterday. She had been standing outside in the rain for over an hour while a photographer tried to organise a group of people to take precisely six photos. Actually to be precise he took two photos three times and even then it was basically of the same group of people. It is fair to say she was unhappy before even considering the state of her beloved marmalade. Anyway, with a little tender loving care she seemed to have resurrected it, but as they say, the proof of the marmalade is in the whisky!

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One Response to Sunday 17th June 2012 – The Jury’s Out

  1. Hey Alfie,

    That sounds like a tough day Dude – but then I bet she turned and looked at your smiling face and life was great again, right?! 🙂

    Your Mum sounds like my Mum, she’s always substituting ingredients, but she doesn’t do it very scientifically and then is puzzled by the result, huh?

    What’s with all the rain? I don’t expect to see rain until about November here buddy – maybe you should come and live here?! 🙂

    Wags to all

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂

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