Mirinda invited Dave and Gail over for a coffee tomorrow afternoon. Sort of returning the favour from when we met Rodney at their place. I figured it was a good time to make a cake.
The cake had a two-fold purpose. Obviously, a piece of fruit cake is always nice with a tea or coffee but it is also a good way to practice baking in my new oven. I’m going to have to make my Christmas cake soon and need to judge it just right. I don’t like dry Christmas cake.
I decided to try a Dundee cake. It has fruit but isn’t anywhere near as rich as a Christmas cake, so should be a good trial cake.
But the cake was much later in the day.
For most of today, we, basically, lazed around. First thing, I went up to the shops, picking up my new glasses while I was there.
I had my yearly eye test last week and, given my old glasses were pretty much all scratched, decided to get some new ones regardless of any change to my sight. As it turned out, my vision has improved…again. Not a lot, admittedly, but any improvement is good.
I decided to invest in a very sexy pair from Scandinavia. I particularly like the matt finish and the faint purple sheen across the glass. The sheen is provided by the new, super duper UV coating (guaranteed against any scratches for two years) that is supposed to protect me from the, so called ‘bad’ UV. I’m glad. I don’t want to miss out on any of that good UV. You never know when you might need it.
They are also Transition lenses (they go dark in strong light) with a light grey finish. I reckon they look pretty cool. Particularly with my Ecuadorian hat.
Late in the day, we took the dogs for a walk right around the park and managed to wear little Emma out, ensuring a lot of sleeping when we eventually reached the house again. Of course, I carried her most of the way but she did get quite a few chances to exercise her little legs. And the new sights and sounds helped with almost a sensory overload.
I’ve just realised I haven’t reported on the new shower. First up, though, here’s a close up of the tiles for mum. They make a beach scene.
As well as the hand painted beach scene, there’s also some shells and fish.
But, back to the shower. The big, rain-dance shower head is brilliant. It’s like standing beneath a waterfall. Perfect for when you want to wash your hair. However, the pressure isn’t very good and I’m hoping the plumbers can fix this. I was promised that the pressure would be as good as, if not better than, the old shower. So far, it’s not. The temperature control isn’t connected either (fortunately, the hot water isn’t set too high so a shower isn’t scalding).
Still, I had a lovely shower and, for the first time since Dragon Lodge, I actually felt clean. I’m seriously not going to miss the bath.
Possibly, the best part of the day, however, was having Mirinda practice guitar in the dining zone while I cooked dinner. Being in the room makes such a difference. I love it.