Thursday, November 05, 2015

Birthday and Cakes

My birthday was pretty low key this year. Here are some gifts I received from our Friend in Japan. It's a lovely book which is next on my reading list after I finish the terrific book, Girl from Krakow There was also a gorgeous candle with the wick set in a type of gel. It had a great scent, alas burned away now. To the far right is a manicure set in a case from Mother. Mother's presents are usually inappropriate but this is not a bad one. I suspect R had a hand in choosing it.


From R I received this photo viewer, complete with a remote control. It plays movies and all sort of things but I like it to look at photos in a slideshow, mainly of holiday photos. It is so easy to file photos away and not look at them again.


Which brings me to Marie in London (hey, how is she getting two gigs on my blog in such a short time?) Marie has been in Vienna and she mentioned cakes and funnily enough I had my Vienna photos on the above device and look, cakes in Vienna to die for. Rather puts Melbourne's local Acland Street, St Kilda cake shops to shame. Have a look at St Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna in this post by Marie.




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  1. The cakes were divine. I regretted not taking any photos of them, just too busy drooling over which one to choose. Happy belated birthday greetings.

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    1. Marie, I don't mind if you want to steal the photos and claim them as yours.

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  2. Andrew, Happy Birthay - belated. What is the girl from Krakow about?

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    1. Gosia, here you go: http://www.worldcat.org/title/girl-from-krakow/oclc/900446790

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    2. Have you read it Jac?

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    3. I've begun it just recently. =)

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    4. I thought I had it on my kindle, but it isn't on the title list.

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  3. Happy Belated birthday. The European patisseries are fabulous.

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    1. Diane, and the strudel to die for, unlike anything I have ever had here.

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  4. Belated birthday wishes from here too.
    And sigh. It is way too early to be drooling. But I am.

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    1. EC, cakes for breakfast? Why not.

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    2. There is no reason, absolutely none I can think of, not to have cake for breakfast, especially once one reaches 60 and over because every day could be your last. It's time, I feel, to eat cake for breakfast, if I want to.

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    3. Strayer, that is something to look forward to when I turn 60. I can eat cake for breakfast. It is a silly idea that has become rather appealing to me.

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  5. Pardon me whilst I drool all over your post. (Happy belated birthday and hope you're feeling better.)

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    1. Jac, it wasn't just the cakes, the nut shops had beautiful nuts and the fruit was excellent.

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  6. oohhh what does mum normally give you for your birthday that might be inappropriate? :) I always by-passed inappropriate gifts from family by directing them to my favourite bookshop. The book sellers there knew EXACTLY what types of books I enjoyed.

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    1. Hels, the list is long, from a barometer set in dark timber. We don't have any dark timber here, to cheap ornate picture frames, when we don't have anything ornate, to cuff links when I have never owned a shirt for cuff links.

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  7. Those cakes look so delicious! I wanted to dive right into the screen here.
    I was thinking of getting one of those photo viewers, but kept putting it off until I forgot about it. I must start reviewing prices and styles again.
    What is the title of that book? I can't make it out.

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    1. Bit of a mouthful, River. Art Deco in the Former Prince Asaka Residence. I've wanted a photo viewer for a while. I suspect this one was expensive but there are cheaper ones around that still do the job.

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  8. D'Oh! I forgot to say happy birthday.
    Happy Birthday!
    Better late than never (*~*)

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    1. River, it is funny everyone wishing me a happy birthday when it was back on 14th October. I must have forgotten to mention it at the time.

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  9. Happy birthday I didn't know
    Those cakes are to die for, well that wouldn't be much good you can't eat them then but they do look pretty good.
    Merle............

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    1. Merle, I could have at the time but we settled for strudel. Oh, the strudel.

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    2. if it's anything like my mum's strudel I understand your enthusiasm. Melt in the mouth deliciousness.

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    3. With vanilla sauce, River, which cost extra euro. But it finished it beautifully and turned out to be a thin custard.

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  10. And a belated happy birthday to you! :)

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    1. Thanks Walt. Poor you, home alone again.

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  11. Beautiful nuts you say...

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    1. Yep Fen, big fat and luscious, just hanging there in front of you, read to feel and squeeze and then pluck. Btw, are you stalking me on Recon?

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  12. You're a fellow Scorpio? I should have known. Congrats. I'm about to turn thirty :)

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    1. James, I seem to recall that you are a little younger than myself, but not that much. Librans are are perfectly balanced, as I am, and seldom use vindictive words.

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  13. I take it back. I just noticed October 14. Libra scum :)

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  14. Happy happy belated birthday...
    Those cakes do look very delicious..

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  15. Tres belated birthday wishes fellow Libran, my birthday passed quietly too, the only way, on the 12th October.. I knew there was a reason we click :) Just went over and read Marie's post re see through loos in Vienna, so funny!

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    1. Grace, yes, a woman hanging around a public toilet with a camera amused me.

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  16. A very happy (belated) birthday to you and all the best ! With this gmail mess, I missed the latest posts. I just don't get anything when you publish and of course not the comments. My Grandma used to bake cakes like this, she would have baked a birthday cake for you you would have never forgotten !

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    1. Gattina, my blog was set up using the email address that we use privately but now everything seems to be taken over by Google and my blog automatically changes me to my gmail address all the time. I wonder if that is the reason. If it is helpful, I usually publish at 5am Australian east coast time (now daylight saving). I think that is 7pm your time.

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  17. Oh wow ~ happy birthday Andrew.

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