Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Can we fix it? Ummmmm, no.

So, yesterday we embarked on Operation Gingerbread House. We had our walls and roof pieces. We had half a ton of sweets. We had two little builders with clean hands. The one thing we didn't have was royal icing cement. Hmmmm. I nearly made real royal icing from scratch with eggwhites but I have to confess raw eggs still make me irrationally nervous so we decided to try extra thick glace icing instead.

At first it was all looking peachy - walls stood up, sweets stayed on, we made a little garden.


But hang on a minute, is that a sign of subsidence?


Not to worry, the roof may have slid gracefully down but the walls are still up and Bob the gingerbread builder reckons he can have it fixed in a jiffy. Assuming we don't eat it first.



The one advantage is that we just started to scoff it straight away rather than admiring it for a few days and starting to eat when it had already gone stale. Yum.

Right, I'm going to sign off and wish you all a hugely Happy and safe Christmas, but before I do, a few more things to tell you:

Laptops don't like being dropped, but it's amazing what a bit of Araldite and a handy husband can achieve.

Please make sure the memory card on your camera is working - we found out this week that ours has packed up, and while I'm very glad we realised before Christmas Day, I am peeved that we've lost all the photos from last weekend's snowy trip to the Teddy Train. It could be worse.

PLEASE be careful on the roads - around 9 last night we heard a huge crash and rushed outside to find a car had spun off on black ice and hit the telegraph pole 15 feet from our front door (and about 7 feet from our car). There were three terrified children inside, and a very shocked driver. Fortunately no-one was hurt, they had friends in the next village who came to fetch them, and the AA came to take the car away promptly. The reaction of all the neighbours was exactly what you'd hope to see - hot sweet tea was made, phones were provided, torches were waved and approaching traffic slowed down and turned away (I think I frightened one pair of lads as I approached them in my pyjamas and overcoat), the children were taken into warm houses and the car was moved off the road. The police said the corner was very dangerous and they gritted it - but why exactly did it have to take an accident and the police to do that rather than the council? OK, I'll stop ranting.

So, take care, keep warm, and see you on the other side!


35 comments:

  1. Why fix it when you can just eat it!? Think you all had the right idea there.

    Happy Christmas to you all!

    xxx

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  2. Happy Holidays to you, too! And subsidence is a fab excuse for eating the gingerbread house! K x

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  3. I think your gingerbread house is lovely. And, yes, I am looking forward to everyone who is travelling to being at their final destinations (turning into my mother as I speak!).

    Merry Christmas.

    xxx

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  4. Happy Christmas! I hope Santa is kind to you and your Smalls.

    Keep safe and warm and have a crackin New Year!

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  5. Merry Christmas Val - stay warm and nibble a bit of that house for me!

    (Nothing like a Christmas incident to rally the neighbourhood - there are still many very kind folks out there)

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  6. how lovely a house - and surely the fact it didn't last long is actually a bonus!
    I also know the dangers attached to cameras; mine is currently a little under the weather after an unfortunate incident at the weekend :(
    And phew that everyone was ok - hope its the only time something like that happens near you
    xxx

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  7. I love your gingerbread house, I had a couple of teenagers making houses yesterday and one managed what she discribed as bomb damage! Have a woderful Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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  8. just a thimbleful

    Hi there Dottie, I just know you will have a wonderful Christmas time with your little family - think of me with two enormous grandsons! You cannot keep them quiet with a colouring book and smarties!
    I dropped my camera on a marble floor in France in October and knocked about 250 photos off - you wouldn't think it possible. Merry Christmas and a Healthy New Year and lets all attack the piles of 'stuff' and turn it into other things!

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  9. We too had a collapse on Sat on our house. I fear down to my poor cementing skills rather than the shear weight in sweets, but the boys enjoyed it all the same. Next year I have promised I will have better foundations and no subsidence!!

    I will heed your warning on the driving, a 20 min journey took 3 hours on Sat.

    Merry Christmas to you and your.

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  10. have a wonderful family Christmas and the gingerbread house looks yummy I hope you enjoyed it !
    love and best wishes for Christmas and New Year
    Lesley x

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  11. Merry Christmas to the Dottycookie household!

    Love that little house - bet it tastes good too!


    What a shock to have a car go off the road near your house. It was dodgy out there - someone skidded and demolished our village bus shelter!

    I survived the drive to the farm to collect the goose - very very slippy, had to really concentrate or I'd have been in the ditch!

    Have a lovely time
    Celia
    xx

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  12. Wishing you all a warm safe and very happy Christmas Val.

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  13. Save me a bit of the path - they're my favourites!
    Be safe and well and have a fab time!

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  14. I definitely agree with the eating option! Wishing you a very merry Xmas. Lisa x

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  15. Merry christmas, Have a great gingerbready time !

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  16. Eek, how scary! So glad everyone was okay and that the neighborhood folks showed their very best selves in the aftermath.

    Enjoy nibbling at that gingerbread house!!

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  17. Have a lovely Christmas! Enjoy that gingerbread too

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  18. Happy Christmas Cookies, We are dreading our christmas journey today! Our village has not been gritted either and its been a sheet of snow/ice all week. I can't buy road salt either and all the grit bins have disappeared! Grrr. Poor police and driver etc for having to deal with it. hope they are all ok. I hope you have a good Christmas and no slipping and sliding for you either. Jane x

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  19. mmmm gingerbread, delicious.
    take care, stay safe and warm and have a very happy Christmas xxxxx

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  20. Have a lovely Christmas Val! Lots of love Lucy xxx

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  21. Have a very happy Christmas!

    Pomona x

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  22. what a fab gingerbread house - I especially like the rolo path! Glad to hear that no-one was seriouly hurt in the crash - there definitely hasn't been enough gritting going on - we've been unable to take out the car for the last few days due to our hill looking like the cresta run! Heartwarming to know that people rallied round though. Hope you all have a lovely christmas and a very happy new year xxx

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  23. have a very Happy Christmas - i love your gingerbread house!! Looks scrummy!!

    xxx

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  24. Your gingerbread house is wonderful! iS there any left?

    Hope you had a fabulous Christmas. See you very soon - we need to swap goodies!

    Love

    Emma
    xxxx

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  25. What a cute gingerbread house! I'll bet the building with the girls was magical -- how fun! Can you get meringue powder in the UK? I make our royal frosting with that and this year's was deemed the best "cement" ever. I'd be happy to send you some for next year if you can't get it there. Oh, and what is "Araldite"? I'm afraid I haven't heard of it before!

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  26. Our gingerbread house was just like that last year - if I make another one I'll use a glue gun never mind icing!
    Hope it was tasty!

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  27. I have a three year old and a 16 month old and I didn't try it yet--maybe next year! That is unfortunate about the accident, but I do love reading the regionalities in these blogs--"the next village."

    Hope you had a sparkling holiday!

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  28. Happy new year to you and your family Val! I hope you aren't considering a career move into the building trade any time soon (!). I bought our house pre constructed so am very impressed that you even attempted to build one from scratch!

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  29. I think your gingerbread house looks fab, especially with that very cleverly designed sun roof!

    I hope you and yours had a wonderful Christmas and here's to a happy and healthy New Year.

    xxx

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  30. I think it looks very beautiful, and im glad you ate it as we made one up last year which just sort of sat there and looked a bit too sorry for itself for much too long.

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  31. Hi, DottyCookie! Happy New Year! Here's hoping you & yours had the sweetest holiday! We're just back from our trip and catching up with you here... Feeling jet-lagged and heart-fuzzy after a sweet Christmas, good to be home after much headache with traveling due to weather, etc. and great to be back in blogland again. Wishing you & yours all the best of love, peace & joy in 2010! ((HUGS))

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  32. I'm obviously not getting around sites enough - I've missed this gem.
    This is my kind or gingerbread house! There are far too many perfect little gingerbread houses out there looking down their noses at us with their pretty windows, sweet, sugary snow and perfectly placed peppermint stepping stones. And you're right, the pretty ones get stale, so in the end they just get dumped. I'm sure your little house was truly loved :)

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  33. Happy New Year to you. Your gingerbread house made me smile.

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  34. I'm late coming to wish you a happy New Year, Val .. but Happy New Year, anyway.

    Your gingerbread house is lovely (I think when we did ours, I used that 'royal icing sugar' you can get). Don't they smell lovely? I sniffed ours more than I ate it :D

    Hope you're keeping warm in all this snow.

    x

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