Monday, 13 July 2015

Me on a Mary Berry inspired Monday

Remember when phones simply made calls and sent texts? A full battery would last a week and the phone fitted into the smallest of pockets.  Well it was a 'back to old school' day on Saturday.
My son had a pretty unpleasant experience on Wednesday last week.  Whilst standing at a pedestrian crossing on his way home at night with his phone in his hand, a moped driver went past and swiped it out of his hand.  A not very old iphone 6.  Gone in the blink of an eye.  Somewhat in shock, he continued home, reported it stolen and tried to get his head round what had just happened!  I'm not quite sure what benefit this kind of theft has as once a phone is reported stolen nowadays, it's pretty much useless as once the number has been blocked and the IMEI number reported, you can't ever unlock it.  But of course the process of insurance takes its time and he had to wait 3 days for a police officer to come and take his statement, then they had to type up the report, then send him a copy  ... meanwhile he was without a phone.  Being a mum with a nervous disposition I didn't like to think of him living in North London without any means of communication especially as he is prone to travelling on buses and walking home late at night so when he popped home at the weekend to go to a friend's barbecue, I bought him a very basic phone just so that he could be contacted, or make contact, in an emergency.  Guess how much it cost me?  A brand new phone with a month of unlimited texts and 250 minutes of talk time.  £15 all in.  What a bargain!

The new kitchen hosted another dinner for friends in the evening.  Our daughter and her partner popped round to make us some pre-dinner mojitos because James makes rather brilliant cocktails and let's just say that they made more mess making drinks than I did making a 3 course dinner!  People do not seem to understand the new kitchen rules!

Sunday saw our dinner plans change several times.  First I was cooking for just 3: my husband, his mum and me.  Then Jon said he may still be here but not his girlfriend as she was popping over to see her dad. Up to 4. Then she wasn't going to go to her dad's so the number went up to 5.  Then Rachel said she'd like to come over with James as Jon was here.  Now up to 7 and I'm seriously thinking that the joint of lamb is going to be nowhere near big enough.  Then Paul's mum rang and said she wasn't feeling well so she wouldn't come.  Down to 6.  Then Jon and Sophie decided that they would see Soph's dad for coffee and go home from there.  Down to 4. Which is where it stayed.  Panic averted and plenty of lamb for everyone!
Wimbledon Mens' Final game in the afternoon.  There was a short rain break which I took advantage of to make up a batch of Mary Berry's Lemon Drizzle Cakes.  Oh my - every recipe in this new book of hers is a winner!  However, it is a traybake cake and cuts into about 20 squares so I thought I'd pack some up to take into work today to make my fellow secretaries happy.  Which is why this is Me on Monday - packing up cake to take into work.


Let's just say that there were a lot of smiling faces in the office at coffee time this morning.

Giving a big old wave to Sian, although I'm not sure she'll see it as she's off on an adventure. I'm waving anyway - are you? 

8 comments:

Louise said...

Oh my..what a shock for your son. Like you say what do they get from it!

That lemon drizzle tray bake is delicious...i make them for the boys. They don't hang around long enough to consider taking any into work?

Cheri said...

You are making me hungry! next time you can send some of those cakes my way!

Deb @ PaperTurtle said...

Oh my gosh, what a shame that is that your son lost his phone that way! People!!! And like you said, what's the sense in stealing a phone nowadays when it's useless to the thief anyway? My boss was in Rome last week and lost his iPhone 6 to a pickpocket.

The lemon cake looks really yummy! I'm sure your coworkers were really happy to have that for a Monday treat!

Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

Oh my goodness, he must have been shaken by that incident.I make a Mary Berry Lemon Drizzle too, although it's from an old book so maybe not the same. Fancy messing up you lovely new kitchen! I'm still waving, even though our hostess is absent this week. Old habits!

scrappyjacky said...

I've heard of this exact same thing happening to others with their phones.....seems so ridiculous....and such a shock.
Lemon drizzle is my favourite.....I'll enjoy it 'virtually'!

Ruth said...

What an awful thing to happen to J ... maybe he'll stick with the simpler 'phone ...

Sian said...

A retrospective wave from me! I'm sorry to hear about the phone..

alexa said...

Oh, that's a rotten thing to happen :(. I hope it's all getting straightened out now ... I must have a look for that cake book and recipe, as yours looks just scrummy.