Sunday, 12 June 2011

My First Century

I've just turned 100 - Etsy sales, that is.  I realise it's not Crack Open the Champagne stuff, but it's a milestone, something to tick off the 1,000 things I must do before I die list.

100th Etsy Sale
And where is global warming when you need it?  Brisbane is experiencing a winter worthy of our southern cousins Sydney and Melbourne.  In subtropical Brisbane we expect our winters to be civilised, with the nights a little chilly, but with mild, sunny days.  Not this winter - we have had temperatures plummeting to the coldest June temperatures on record.  So we ran away to Sydney for a few days.

We don't have many deciduous trees in  Brisbane, so it was something of a novelty to walk under large trees which allow the sky to peep through.

Gloriously coloured leaves ...

... make walking such a pleasure.

After a brisk walk, it's time to do a little reading.  Of course, I realise that when Grandad is around, this little four-year-old has eyes for no one else.  They are soul mates and have been from the day they first laid eyes on each other.  It's so heartening to see in this modern age that grandchildren and grandparents still have this amazing bond that no electronic games can replace.

All too soon we flew back to Brisbane where we have spent the last few days vying for heater space.  Today we had been looking forward so much to catching up with our Brisbane grandchildren and their parents, but poor Mr Fudge came down with a particularly nasty bout of 'flu and we reluctantly postponed the lunch until next week.

I had made two chicken and corn pies (fresh corn - none of your frozen or canned variety), enough to feed an army.  I was able to freeze one while we two frozen ice blocks made a reasonable attempt to polish off the other.

Lemon Meringue Cakes
As a special treat for the children, I made these muffin-sized cup cakes.  The middle is hollowed out and filled with lemon curd (yes, freshly home-made) and topped with meringue.  There were 12.  There are now 8.  What a shame.  Sorry kids.  Promise I'll make some more for next weekend!


kit and nancy. said...

i love grandpa love! those pies and cupcakes sound (and look) divine. nice work!

Steph Bond Hutkin (Bondville) said...

Congratulations on 100 sales! That's a HUGE achievement!

Sandrine said...

Congratulations 100!!!That is champagne worthy I believe!
Looks like you had a wonderful time catching up with your grandchildren and Your cupcakes look just amazing Robyn!Keel warm :)