Last day of vacation

Today was the last day of my vacation. Terence and I are both back to work tomorrow. My lucky boys still have another ten days before they restart school next week. I will miss them while I am at work all day. It doesn’t seem so bad when they are at school but I feel sad when I have to go to work knowing they are at home.

It has been a fairly productive holiday. I edited most of my WIP, Through the Nethergate which is now 65 000 words. I find editing takes longer than the actual writing. Do other writers find that or is it just me?

I also made and photographed the five baked items for my new Sir Choc book, Sir Chocolate and the Fondant Five story and cookbook and read and reviewed eight poetry books for the poetry readathon. I still have three poetry books to read and four to review. The poetry readathon has been great, I have really enjoyed investigating so many different styles of writing.

Today was my Dad’s birthday party. I made him a vanilla milk cake with egg custard butter icing (delicious). The icing makes this cake. If you would like the recipe for the icing, you will find it here:

The final cake looked like this:


Now that Christmas and New Year are over, I have all the birthdays to look forward to. They are all in a row starting with my Dad and then my nephew, Ben (6 Jan), sister, Cath (25 Jan), niece, Emily (27 Jan) and Michael (30 Jan). Michael is turning 13 so I will have two teenage boys. Wow!

I decided on an idea for Michael’s 13th birthday cake. It will be a boy asleep in his messy bed. I made the boy today and I am quite pleased with how it turned out:


Moaner Michael said he does not sleep with his mouth open. That is what he thinks! I might give this character headphones and an iphone. That would be quite apt.

To all of you going back to work tomorrow, have a wonderful week and remember, money is nice to have [wink!]


45 thoughts on “Last day of vacation

  1. Haha.. to Michael’s icing image, Congrats for his first Teen birthday.. And your Dad’s cake lovely, butter icing is yummy..
    The boys seem to have a longer holiday than ours here, Schools are back tomorrow and all is back to normal after the decorations are put away..
    Wishing you well as you get back into your own routine Robbie..
    Have a good week..
    Love and Blessings Sue โค

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    1. Thank you, Sue. Everything will slowly return to normal now. Our children have their long summer holiday during December (yours is in August). Our children have a six week vacation in December/January. Have a lovely week, Sue. I am sure I will be reading your thoughts soon. Hugs.

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  2. Glad you’ve had a nice vacation, and got a lot of the stuff you wanted to do done during it. Yes, editing usually takes me longer too. Writing sometimes seems like it takes a long time if I’ve got a lot of other stuff going on, or have to do a lot of research for the project. But the actual time spent doing it, when you add up the various writing sessions, is always less than the time spent editing.

    We’ve got a month like that, but June is the month we have a lot of family birthdays. Anyway, happy birthday to everyone from your Dad to Michael.

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    1. Thank you, Victoria. I also have to do a lot of research for my adult writing and that is time consuming. It can also take time to write up to get it out of a non-fiction style and into a fictional flow. I am glad others spend a lot of time editing too. Thanks for the birthday wishes.


  3. I’m pleased your vacation was both enjoyable and productive, Robbie. Enjoy being back at work and adding to your coffers. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Enjoy all the January celebrations. You have a few of them. Your Dad’s birthday cake looks delightful and Michael sleeping is just gorgeous. Perhaps a video of him sleeping might make the perfect gift. There’d be no denying then. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. You’ve kept very busy, Robbie, but I know you do that even when you’re working. Great cake and love Michael’s fondant version as well. Editing… It depends on the book although, in my case, the editing of the ones I translate take longer than my own. I hope your return to work is OK. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Hi Olga, it was an okay day. It is amazing how quickly you get back into your routine. I am sure translations are complex even if you are fluent in the language. It is hard to capture the nuances of the wording I am sure.


  5. I enjoyed reading your post and I totally understand when you say you miss your kids when you are at work and they are at home…alone ๐Ÿ™‚ I couldn’t take part in the readathon though I so wanted to, as I was away on holiday and only just returned last week. Your last line ‘ money is nice to have;) ‘…my response ‘tell me about it :(‘. Happy New Year Robbie. Keep inspiring!

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