Sunday, 31 July 2022

Day 6 - Birthday party

So today started with another early start as our lovely hosts found some details about a local yard sale. These are becoming more common in the UK along with car boot sales but this was a first for us.

Rummaging around someone else's stuff looking for the thing that could be our treasure. This yard sale was advertised to start at 6:30am and with no doubt there would be the professionals there before the start time too. These guys are at every market, carboot etc in the UK and they are usually looking for jewelry or records.
Unsurprisingly my daught Hattie was looking at the cuddly toys!

After breakfast a trip to world famous store Walmart. This is really the definition of a supermarket. There isn't much you can't sensibly buy at a Walmart. Everything from groceries, domestic applliances, to sporting goods, and clothes. It is really interesting comparing prices of things from back in the UK. 
The rest of the day was spent celebrating Shelley's birthday. We got to meet some of her family and this gave a chance for us to chat and meet another young family, albeit our kids were older, and watch the social interactions of the kids whilst meeting and learning from each other.
This has to be one of my favourite photos of the day. Hattie and Mia enjoying a snack after paying all afternoon together. The innocence of youth and the immediate bond and connection between them was beautiful to watch. They simply just got on. Proud parent moment.
 Corn hole made another appearance today. I think this is a firm family favourite that we will continue to play when we get back. Just need to make a set of boards.

It has been a real privilege to be part of the family celebrations today. I attempted to make a Victoria sponge style cake for the second time. The first time was 4 years ago and that time it fell apart! That was me.trying to convert measures to grams. This time I picked a recipe out of Shelley's cookbooks and this cake came out far better. Slight sticking of the pan but good spread of jam in the middle and a dusting of icing sugar, confectionery sugar here, and it looked pretty good. For some of the family the jam was a nice surprise in the middle so definitely a successful cake!

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