Friday 26 April 2013

Birthday and Book Night

I do believe that today is Friday, and what does that mean?  It's time to Celebrate the Small Things, along with VikLit and a big old bunch of other people.  Head on over to Vik's blog to have a looksee.

So this week I'm celebrating a couple of things.  On Saturday it was my dad's birthday.  We don't really do the whole birthday presents/cards/special dinner thing, but we do do the birthday cake thing!  Every year I bake my parents a birthday cake each, and I endeavour to make the most chocolatey cake possible, because birthday cakes contain 0 calories (that's a fact; I heard it on the television once).  So this year, for dad's birthday, I made a chocolate fudge cake (the recipe can be found on the BBC Goodfood wesbsite).  And if I do say so myself, it was yummolicious!

On Monday, my first Postcrossing card arrived in Germany, which was quite exciting.  I love the thought that a little piece of my home town has settled itself abroad!

On Tuesday, Lowestoft Library held a World Book Night event.  World Book Night takes place each year, on the 23rd April (Shakespeare's birth and death day).  It's designed to encourage people to read and fall in love with books.  So each year they put together a list of books which are given away for free at World Book Night events across the country.  I chose to give away The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fford.  I read that book a few years ago and fell in love with it, so thought it would be a great book to give away.

We also had a quiz and a raffle, with signed books from local authors as prizes.  And it also gave us an excuse to dress up as authors or literary characters.

Author Delia Smith, and Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz
Tweedle-Dum and Tweedle-Dee
Bill Sikes and Nancy from Oliver Twist
Author Barbara Cartland, and Miss Havisham from Great Expectations
Christopher Robin (me!) from Winnie the Pooh, and Robin Hood
Everyone had a really good night; we gave away so many books, and we also raised a lot of money for the Friends of Lowestoft Library.  Plus, a photographer from a local paper came along, so we might be famous soon!

And finally, we nearly had a whole day of sunshine and heat yesterday which was lovely.  And then at about 6pm it decided to rain.  But it was great to see the sun for a while!

What are you celebrating this week?


  1. CAKE Looks yummy and how much fun does world book night look?!

    1. Thank you. It was yummy. Anything covered, I mean smothered in chocolate is yummy, right?! World Book Night was so much fun. Any excuse for me to dress up and give away free books!

  2. Absolutely TRUE. Birthday cakes have no calories whatsoever.
    and that one my friend, looks sooooo delicious! *drool*

    1. I knew it was true! And thank you, it was delicious :D

  3. It's handy birthday cakes contain no calories as we've had a few family birthdays this month! Your cake looks pretty yummy! Looks like you had a fun World Book Night too.