April 2015:

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Jack’s 7th birthday

Easter comes early this year. My grandson usually misses out on birthday parties, as his birthday falls during the holidays. So this year he had an early one. Jack helped design his cake and ice it. We have so many family birthdays in April. I am going up to Canberra for my daughter’s 41st and her son’s 2nd birthdays. Canberra is very beautiful in Autumn with many deciduous trees. Must remember to take some photos. In between Canberra and Tasmania, we have Will’s 42nd and Hazel’s 1st birthdays in Melbourne.

Then I will be travelling to Tasmania for my Aunt’s birthday. Having only two of my mother’s siblings left of that generation in our family, it is a special time. I am not good at decorating, but hopefully the fruit cake will be delicious. I am still adjusting to our oven, and it is nerve wracking when cooking things like this.

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My Aunt’s 90th birthday 22-4-15

Having measured the cake, I bought the cake container, without remembering that the icing would take up space. This one was really squashed into the box.

My Uncle's 92nd birthday cake.

My Uncle’s 92nd birthday cake with marzipan fruit from Aldi, cut in half.

My uncle’s has had the sides sliced before icing, in anticipation, of getting it into the container.

So I shall leave you with a couple of Autumnal photos from our walk yesterday. I shall not be posting much in April, since we have friends coming to stay, as well as my going away twice for my annual pilgrimages.

berries taken on our walk

berries taken on our walk

Bees have retired as it's after 6pm, it was covered in bees during the sunlit hours.

Bees have retired as it’s after 6pm, it was covered in bees during the sunlit hours.

I hope you all have a wonderful Easter break and I look forward to catching up on my return.

 

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16 thoughts on “April 2015:

      1. Martha Kennedy

        Someone wished me that today at the store and I realized it was the first time in decades I’d heard it. It made me very happy. I love Easter. My favorite Christian moment is Maundy Thursday when Jesus prays to be able to stay on this beautiful earth. I understand his feelings. ❤

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  1. Silver in the Barn

    Have a lovely trip to Tasmania, Barbara. So much to celebrate in your life these days. The cakes are gorgeous; I can only imagine how delicious they were. Wishing you and yours a wonderful Easter and a nice break. See you when you return!

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    1. bkpyett Post author

      I can imagine you will celebrate Easter with your wonderful talent for decoration!! Wishing you and the family a special time together. ❤

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  2. gerard oosterman

    Yes, modern ovens seem to be troublesome for many. people. The combination of temperature and setting the time in cooking seems often to be perplexing. I am the only one (in the village) who knows how to work them. It means I get knocks on the door for setting the oven’s timer and temperature quite oftenfrom my neighbours whom are all single women and divorced.
    The problem with modern gadgets is that they have too many options and buttons. Simplicity seems to have been thrown overboard. The problem also is that the designers are men and incorporate more options from a sales point of view instead of from a practical point of view.

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    1. bkpyett Post author

      Pity you live so far away Gerard! I find new technology far too complex and cooking fruit cakes is a delicate business! You are right ovens have become far too complicated.

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    2. Silver in the Barn

      You’re right, Gerard. My mother hates her whizzy new oven. Says it burns the chocolate chip cookies too. This is a huge loss in our family – her refusal to bake the cookies in “that oven” – and I’m not sure how we’re going to cope.

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      1. bkpyett Post author

        This oven is wonderful once you get to know it. It’s getting to know it, can be the problem.
        Maybe your mother’s is like mine Barbara, and you are supposed to cook 20 degrees lower than usual….

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