Ethel is starting to bake the Christmas Cakes next week. I always find that very exciting. I’m afraid she has ended up back in the kitchen again – there is simply no-one else with her touch. I only hope she can be deterred from doing too much sampling of the mixture. As it is, I will have to keep Tingle and Grumbo out of the way or none of them will make it into the store cupboard, or rather, that’s exactly where they will get to – Tingle and Grumbo and the store cupboard, I mean! We did have a bit of a disaster with the early batch of mincemeat as the weather has been so warm it began to ferment in the jars. Ethel has modified the recipe and we have put the new batch in the basement where it is colder just in case.
Tingle has had an excellent idea and he and Grumbo are including a cracker joke in each of the reply letters they send, which I think is a very nice touch.