Or approximately today, I was getting my A level results. The lovely Abi reminded me when I read her post about getting her fab results today. She has done superbly. Anyway back to 1984, I had left home on the Tuesday of this week, today is Saturday, bare with me all will become clear. My family had moved down to Somerset from Sussex a week ago and now I was leaving home to start my nurse training at the then London Hospital in Whitechapel, it's now gone all Royal!!!! So there we were 36 young ladies awaiting the results in the postroom. Some of the girls had gone home for the weekend but being the first away from home I stayed behind with my friend Naomi. I remember we had had to fill out all these brown envelopes in class before taking our exams so they could send them to the correct places. Anyway I had taken 3 A levels, in English Lit, Social Biology and Sociology. In the end I only got the 2 and with very poor grades, basically cos I hadnt worked as hard as I could have. Anyway, after a few more weeks I looked like this and I have never looked back although I still am a London hospital nurse at heart.
So today, I am making a decadent chocolate cake for my friend Luke who was 21 yesterday. I am off to Sheffield tomorrow lunchtime. Never been before but it sounds and looks lovely. I want to check out their Eye, apparently not as awesome as London's but hey who cares. They have an amazing botanical gardens so if I can drag a group of 20 something men out after a night clubbing tomorrow I will!
Anyway back to the chocolate I know u want details. Well it's the BEST chocolate cake ever, high in calories and so gorgeous u'll never eat another chocolate cake as long as you live. Its from this book by the glamorous Nigella Lawson, page 169. It is called the Sour-cream chocolate cake with sour-cream icing. It is really easy to make and the only extra is the sour-cream which you can easily make from single cream with lemon juice added. It tastes divine and if you know someone who's about about to have ababy and breastfeed it's the perfect milk production food!!!!!!
I have been getting ready for the next Shimelle class starting in a couple of weeks and have made the front cover for Learn Something New Everyday which I have done twice already and love.
This is the front cover which is covered in paper by Sassafras Lass. The next 2 pictures are close ups. The owl is becuase I love them but also I will hopefully learn something and become more wise and the apple for the teacher of course!
I have also been playing with my iphone and have downloaded a few free apps for the camera and some free books and sample chapters for the journey tomorrow. Looking forward to giving it a real trial. I have pre-booked my seat in the quiet carriage with an electric socket, how cool is it to travel by train these days. Just hope the other transport doesnt fail, please see Sian's story!!!!!
So catch up when I get home on Monday, unless I have time to whilst away via my iphone. Now how do I do that?