Lollipop Junction

The LBC asked “What is your Earliest Memory” a few weeks ago. Well… I have three possible memories.

I can’t accurately date two of them.

One is of a copper framed round mirror that used to hang in the kitchen (and is now in my own house), however that mirror hung there for over a decade (behind some hideous wallpaper). Which means I can’t say if it was my first or not.

Another is of a brown Ford Escort with altered suspension driving across a bumpy road, then a guy with enormous flares getting out to explain this as an example of destructive harmonics. It turns out that this was an episode of the Open University physics course. That such geekery is an early example of my memories should explain a lot about me.
But I can’t date it. I didn’t even remember it as a TV programme until I caught a late night repeat decades later.

The one memory I can date accurately is my fifth birthday party. Or rather the cake for my fifth birthday party.

I had to do a bit of research on this. Mum called the train shaped cake “Lollipop Junction” as she iced lollipops to the board to form “trees”. It turns out, thanks to the lovely people at Odlums that the cake is one of their recipes (I think McDonald is the author), called “The Runaway Train”.
So I decided to recreate it.

I was either going to be a triumph, or a disaster. With cake. So all evidence could be eaten.

You can see the original in the first picture of my starting set. I’ve made a few changes… Firstly instead of pouring chocolate frosting over the entire thing (which would be messy) I went with white fondant icing. Next, since I hate licorice, I swapped the licorice allsorts with jammy dodger biscuits. I also used midget gem jelly sweets for lights and stacks.

The decoration is fairly simple. Use sponge cake as the basis for the engine, engine cab and carriages. Use a swiss roll for the fuselage. The jammy dodgers became the wheels and the jellies became the decorations.
I added a few ducks to the engine as I had a duck shaped cookie cutter, and the duck has become the logo for the TOG.ie hackerspace.

I didn’t use all the supplies I set out to use. The chocolate fingers that were to be tracks simply stayed in their packet as I couldn’t safely lift the train (and will be eaten later), & some frosting never got opened. Also the board I prepared proved to be too small.

The TOG craft night was on at the same time, and I stopped after 2 and a half hours because the craft group were brewing tea and approaching with sharpened knives. And plates.

So it wasn’t a triumph. It was my first attempt at cake decoration after all. I’ve never even tried putting frosting on a cupcake (I might have sliced the top off fairy cakes in the past, but that was a group speed thing). So is a bit of a train cake wreck.

And it tastes lovely with tea.

This is a Loose Bloggers Consortium post on the theme of “Earliest Memory”.
To find out that the others in the consortium think, check out, …
Delirious, Maria/Gaelikaa, Maria SilverFox OCD writer, Padmum, Paul, Ramana, The Old Fossil, Grannymar.

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For a dragon runs through it

Cork has its own legends, but it turns out that even the creation of the Lee Valley has its own creation myth.

A dragon carved the channel out of limestone as he rushed to the sea.

Limestone when mixed with stomach acid forms a highly flammable, lighter than air gas… Perfect for a flying dragon.

Sam Hamilton, the gentleman in the top hat, works with Cork Community Art Link and created this steam punk dragon on behalf of +Cork Pride. Cork Pride is the owner of the shiny metal beast and expect it to wander around the country for a while yet.

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Bacon and Maple Ice Cream

Feel like a fry up, or maybe ice cream for breakfast on a hot sunny day? Try Bacon and Maple Ice Cream.

A tasty salty and sweet combination on a bloody hot Dublin day. Furlong & Kehoe in the Liberties.

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Daildojo

Photos from the Leinster House Coder Dojo featuring James Whelton, Minister for Training and Skills Ciarán Cannon, Taoiseach Enda Kenny (Irish Prime Minister) and Norma Casey, Sean O’Sullivan & Gavin Duffy, as well as a host of bright sparks from the Coder Dojos around Ireland.

Fun and busy day.

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Poppy fields

In theory this is a wheat field, and the poppies are weeds.
But they are beautiful weeds, a potential cash crop and a nice photo.
And they should have died back by the time the wheat is ready for harvest.

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Recursion

A shot of a Starbucks from inside a Starbucks. In Dublin.

Starbucks recently took over the old Westmoreland Street Bewley's cafe, and put a different restaurant in the old dining hall at the back (no idea about the hotel), however another Starbucks built up in November already exists on Westmoreland Street. And the large College Green shop is around the corner.

Does Ireland drink that much expensive coffee?

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The black and the red

Spotted this moth sticking to the rain soaked concrete yesterday afternoon. Any idea what it is?

Update (thanks Greg), it appears to be a Cinnabar Moth, which makes sense as the caterpillar form eats the poisonous and noxious weed ragworth. Given how it tends to pop up all over the place I suspect we’ll be seeing more of these.

The topic Dark was chosen for the LBC this week by, well, me. This is also the first of two post on this topic, as the one for “the last 3 people I spoke to” might breach a few NDA’s or laws. Don’t ask. See how the other active members handle the the topic:- Anu, Delirious, Grannymar, Maxi Maria/Gaelikaa, Maria SilverFox, OCD writer, Padmum, Paul, Ramana and The Old Fossil.

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A spot of spots

The colour highlight option is irresistible when presented with a ladybird on green foliage.

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Orange jubilee

Simply a bright orange, crown topped bubble blower. Probably a left over celebration prop from a Dutch royal event. But found on an Irish footpath.

What? No nothing to do with the 4 day weekend across the Irish Sea.

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Go in to the booth

Well we have a referendum in Ireland. I won’t go in to the details.

This has been the focus of the airwaves for the last 6 weeks, and will be headline material until Sunday, then the features editors get another week.

However, by holding the vote on a Thursday, I means that I can’t get to my polling booth. Geography conspired against me again.

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