Squiffany and Pugsley had, respectively, Brownies and karate tonight so, after Pugsley’s nativity play in the church (he was a shepherd) they came here for tea. I got back at 3.15 and it dawned on me that I’d made no preparations at all. Their mother had said I needn’t worry as they’d had school dinner so only needed a snack. All the same…
Eggs on to boil, sugar, more eggs, flour, butter, baking powder and vanilla essence in a bowl, beaten, put into paper cases and in the oven. Squiff and Pugs arrived in time to help with that bit. Into the oven, shell and mash the eggs, make sandwiches, also cheese sandwiches, remove cakes from oven, make glacé icing (icing sugar, water, slightly too much cochineal), spread on top, add sugar sprinkles. Make drinks for children, tea for the rest of us, open pack of Hula Hoops.
4 o’clock. Serve tea.
4.10. Make more egg sandwiches (I had reserved surplus eggs for tonight’s fish pie, but we did without), as Dilly and the Sage were scoffing them too. Open more packs of Hula Hoops.
4.20. Make more tea.
It all seemed to go quite well. Dilly said that I make the best cakes, which rather surprised me (and pleased me no end) as I don’t do a lot of baking any more.
I was just remembering (again, as a response to the same programme) the time when my mother took pottery evening classes at L’toft college. Some 40 years ago, evening classes were very popular. Wink and I did motor maintenance, being of a practical bent. The Sage started to reminisce about the College Principal, but I didn’t know the one he spoke of, except by name. I said he must have retired by the time my mother was on the town council, the one I knew slightly had a surname beginning with B but there was no hope of my remembering it.
And then I did. Alan Boddy. I’ve always thought that no one will notice when I lose my marbles because I’ve got such an abysmal memory already. But maybe they will.