I give myself very good advice …

My favourite Disney movie of all time is Alice in Wonderland. I feel I can relate to Alice who was so bored listening to a book being read by her sister that contained no pictures or conversations that she followed a talking white rabbit down a hole.

My favourite song in Alice in Wonderland is I give myself very good advice but I very seldom follow it. I was given some good advice to rest today after the Children’s Book Fayre yesterday but, naturally, that was not to be.

So what did I do today?

I thought that 1 October was a very good day to bake my Christmas cakes … not one of course, but five.


My whole house smells really delicious. It was rather hard work though making that much mixture. Have you ever cut up 500 grams of sticky cherries in one sitting?

Next on my agenda for today was to help Michael build a wind powered car out of recyclable material. I must admit that this was really hard for me as my engineering skills are not that good. We spent at least two hours making a car out of an empty 1.5 litre bottle, eight large plastic cup tops and straws. After all this effort and lots of messing around with press stick and sellotape, the car was assembled. When we attached the balloon and inflated it for a trial run guess what happened? Nothing. That is right, nothing. The car was to heavy to move. Michael had the bright idea of cutting out the whole top of the car and then, miracle of miracles [that is from Fiddler on the roof, did you know?] the car actually moved about 10 centimeters. We made a decision that this distance would have to do and called it a day.

Last but not least, I decided that I needed an attraction for the book selling event at the wellness clinic at my day job this week Friday. To this end, Michael and I made a small chocolate house. We are becoming quite skilled at these. We turned our back and … the Dudes moved in. They thought this house was the perfect size for them. You can meet the Dudes over at Sheyanne Moore marvellous blog here: https://shehannemoore.wordpress.com/2017/09/25/interview-with-a-ferret-and-a-miranda-sings-award/


As you can see they have settled in rather nicely.

Robbie and Michael Cheadle are the co-authors of the Sir Chocolate Book series and Robbie Cheadle is the author of Silly Willy goes to Cape Town



86 thoughts on “I give myself very good advice …

  1. Such a brilliant post Robbie, I loved the fiddler on the roof aside- it cracked me up! And the Chocolate House (is the roof kit kats? Wish I was a hamp-star: never mind, next incarnation: maybe! Tell Michael, today he might be making a wind powered car out of pop bottles but in a decade he might be doing the Dakar Rally (now relocated to South America for safety reasons. Safety reasons!!! South America!!! Really!!!) in his own design for a solar powered one! And if he does remind him of my prediction!

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    1. This is why I love you so much, Paul. You always get my obscure jokes. Most people just think I speak in riddles. Michael, despite his processing issue, is really good at maths and building things. Your prediction may just be spot on.

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      1. Ha-ha-ha! You deserve it, dear Robbie! I guess it’s time to rename your blog in something like: Robbie’s Sweet Paradise!;-) 😉 😉 😉 By the way, are you interested in Oriental sweets? I know how to make halvah & Turkish delight. All the recipes are original. I can share them with you. 🙂

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      1. Last year our group used a retirement home facility for Christmas dinner. The chef made the Christmas Candy village with trees and people and everything. He started in October. He built a railroad to go around the village! Each candy house had a lot of details. Very interesting!

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  2. Robbie, you are a dervish! I hope the Book Fayre was wonderful No left-over cupcakes in today’s post, so I’m guessing they were a huge hit – I hope the books were as well.

    Your chocolate house alone would have been enough for the day following the Fayre, but then we have all those cakes AND the car. Every time I visit I feel like sloth personified. 🙂
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  3. 5oo grams of cherries..nah I don’t add cherries to mine….I love fresh cherries and marishino cherries but glace cherries not for me so no-one gets them…You are a little whirlwind though here there and everywhere …Love the chocolate cake 🙂

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      1. No they used to but not so much now I put nuts in mine..ground almonds generally and orange and lemon zest..fruit it depends and anything else I have that I feel like chucking in but mine are dark fruit cakes not light like yours . I won”t make one this year just mince pies and christmas pudding is on the menu. I love it but no one else does except my son and I don’t really want too eat a whole cake..I could…lol..but I won’t. I may make some dark fruit slices as I do like marzipan so that way I will get my marzipan which has reminded me to let my son know that want some as he comes back in 6 weeks hopefully with all the cooking bits I can’t get here..

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  4. Oh dear, I hope you know what you’ve let yourselves in for. The hammies are pursuing world domination – and they’re getting there, one blog at a time!

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  5. Hi Robbie. Delicious looking cakes. I will make my gluten free one in November. I only make one as only myself and my youngest son like fruit cake and we don’t have visitors or family near. My sister makes her own and is much better at baking than me. I have met the cute hamster Dudes, very cute guys.

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  6. You brought back a lovely memory for me Robbie. My mom too would make her Christmas Cakes and Puddings this time of year (also several for family and friends) and I would be helping her with all the prep, so yes, chopping cherries I do know all about that.
    I hope you will share a pic of the car 🙂 and of course the chocolate house is totally awesome. 🙂

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  7. What a whirling dervish you are, Robbie! I wish I had your energy! At the moment I am actually feeling a bit under the weather with a cold that has been doing the rounds!
    I can only imagine how gorgeous your house must smell with those Christmas cakes, and I love the chocolate house complete with dudes!
    Clever Michael too, finding the solution to the stationary ccar problem! 🙂

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      1. I would have not been able to make the car at all Robbie, so you certainly have more knowledge than me !!! Ironically I had the flu jab on Saturday morning as I do every year. Lots of people have got heavy colds at Uni but have had to come in as so much to do. Needless to say, it was inevitable that I was going to get it!

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  8. Wow! Robbie, that is the cutest house for Shey’s hamsters…but is it big enough? Reckon an extension might be called for! Your Christmas cakes look perfect and can’t believe you baked five!! Are they for family and friends? This is the first time I feel Christmassy looking at those and imaging the fantastic aroma of all the baking…I’m in the mood for cake baking now!

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  9. Robbie, I am running late. . . My work in the past two weeks says I put in 104 hours! Yikes!
    Anyway, I love the beautiful little Dude and Dudette. So sweet of you to have the prettiest house got those wild, “raunchy” critters!
    I think Shey could have a hamstahs circus, music 🎶 dancing with Cossacks, Russian music and beverages 🎵🍻Then, as they circle the world they could create unity and harmony. Almost like the Free Love era in the 1970’s. . . ❤🌎 💙🌍❤
    Have a lovely and relaxing weekend, Robbie. Tell the Dudes to save some white chocolate for me and may I take a piece of your cherry Christmas cake “to go,” please?! xo 💖


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