My cake was a flourless chocolate cake, chosen because Hippy Niece is gluten intolerant, and we had picked it up the day before. It was more like a desert. It weighed a ton and we should have probably taken the car rather than bring it home on the tram. At about 35cm square, say 14 inches, it was big but there wasn't too much left over.
We celebrated my birthday at the Dick Whittington Hotel and just so I can refer back one day, there was Mother, ABI Brother, Tradie Brother, Sister, Bone Doctor and Little Jo, Fire Fighting Nephew and his Betrothed, Oldest Niece who became engaged to her partner the day before after being together for ten years, their two girls, 3 1/2 and 18 months, Hippy Niece and her Islander partner, and their twin 6 month old girls. Our oldest friend was visiting Perth, our Dyke Friend has moved to Launceston, one of the Brother Friends is in Thailand and the other in hospital. But we still had our Oldest Friend's Fijian Indian partner, our Hairdresser Friend and the Brighton Antique Dealer.
I am not good at public speaking but I did write a speech and read it out. I did not read it word for word, and managed to insert a couple of quips, and it helped that was at the end of the occasion and I had drunk three g&ts and was on to my second but final glass of wine. R said I did ok, so that means I did ok. The bill for 17 people plus a few babies was $760. Mother just expects someone else to pay and was none the wiser that we paid for everyone. The kiddies get their inheritance earlier or later. Mother would have thought, they should all pay for themselves and the more deserving me should I have my son's $700.
My birthday gift from our Friend in Japan was a bottle of Samurai whisky from Japan (well duty free at Narita Airport), and once I read the assembling directions, it all came together. Pretty cool, hey. I wasn't going to open it until my birthday, but alas
R gave me a new Kindle. My old one was buggered, with it losing its wifi, battery going flat in a couple of hours, not restarting after a being shut down for a few minutes. My new one is great, with a touch screen and no buttons other than the on/off.