Yesterday was the big cake sale day. I made meringues, lemon cakes, fruit cakes, victoria sponges, fairy cakes, honeycomb boulders, white chocolate tiny cakes, and cheesy biscuits (well, there had to be one little bit of savoury among the devilish sugar overdose!)
I simply can’t believe how many people came to eat and buy my cakes! I had an idea that there would be a steady trickle of friends during the day, and I was imagining the mountain of cake that might be left over at the end. But in reality, there was an absolute deluge of visitors pretty much on the dot of 11:30, and in two hours they managed to eat and take away almost everything I’d baked. And in their generosity, they gave me almost £250!!!
It really was one of the loveliest days of my life: what could be better than old friends and new coming to my house, drinking tea and eating cake? I’m incredibly touched by the fact that people made the effort, and by how generous they were. I feel like this trip is supported by so many brilliant people, and it will be all the more special for that.
So it’s now just 22 days until I fly, and I feel like my plans are all coming together. I’m starting in Sydney, then travelling by train (yes, 13 hours! I love trains!) to Byron Bay for a few days, and then I’ll be moving on to Gold Coast for the conference itself. I still can’t believe it’s real, and my fear of flying has not abated. I’ll be getting that self-hypnosis app back on in the near future…
In the meantime, I’m doing a little cake sale at work tomorrow – I have to bake again tonight, as there was so little left from yesterday’s extravaganza. And I have a little sponsored thing underway – more about that later in the week! For today, I’m just enjoying the glow of having successfully fed huge amounts of sugar to such a lovely group of people…
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Choosing myself as the Australian representative in this situation, I have to say – welcome, I hope you have a lovely and productive trip! Best of luck!
Well thank you! I’m getting a teeny tiny bit excited about it now, and I hear that Australians are super friendly!