Now the need for this wonderful item will be apparent when you read on and I let you know my guilty secret.
Which is ........we buy a lottery ticket most weeks.
I know, I know, it's a senseless and useless waste of money. But my theory is that someone wins a lot of money every week and if you don't have a ticket..........
Anyway, what would I do with the money ?
I would open a cake shop. Ever since my mother taught me to make pastry at the age of seven or eight, I have enjoyed baking. She would bake a whole lot of stuff on a Saturday afternoon and when it had all gone by Tuesday she would bake some more. I loved to help. Maybe it was the chance to lick the spoon afterwards.
Her standard recipe book was the Bero book. I still have one or two rather well-thumbed copies that belonged to her, plus a few others that I have collected. I also have a humungous collection of other recipe books, mostly baking books. (Its size almost rivals my collection of half-knitted jumpers.) Unfortunately, I don't bake so often these days because His Nibs doesn't like cake too much and all my colleagues are on a diet which would leave it to me to scoff the lot with the inevitable effect on the waistline. But I still love reading the books. Got to be prepared for the big day when I open my shop.
This is my very first recipe book. There is a coupon inside the back page where you can send off for more copies at 13s/6d each.
So, when I win the lottery, I will have a cakeshop / beadshop / giftshop / cafe / post office. (This last bit would satisfy my passion for stationery and stamp collecting, but that's another story.)
I would open 10 til 12 in the morning for coffee, cake and beads, then 3 til 5 in the afternoon for tea, cake and beads. That leaves a nice long break for lunch and plenty of time to bake the cakes and do the beads.
Now you know why I needed that Arv Bröllop. By the time I open my cake shop, they might not sell them any more so I got it now, just in case.
What would you do if you won the lottery?
The pictures of cakes are from various sites found via Google - I haven't baked them myself, sadly.