With my body still not quite in gear, I headed back to bed, scooping up my not-so-white-any-more MacBook on the way so I could log on to see who was online. Since it looked like the weather was going to be the best so far this year, it was time to make an effort to get out somewhere, even if I was supposed to be on call**. Luckily, my mate Foshie was online, in the middle of getting ready for heading down to Brighton and invited me along. Bingo!
Despite this being a great photo opportunity, I was really keen on just chilling out, so pocketed my funky little camcorder, the Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA9:
Photo from the VPC-CA9 product page on the Sanyo site.
I've had this for about a year now and have to confess that I haven't used it all that much, which is daft as it's a pretty good little camera; and yes, it is that wicked green colour!!
However, it remained in my pocket for the first few hours as we took in the seaside atmosphere with the variety of stalls, shops, live bands and activities all adding to the Brighton Buzz. By the time we'd reached the pier, I'd lost a few pounds (unfortunately, not in weight) and Foshie had sharpened his tongue on a few witticisms***, so it was time to head inland and look for a bite to eat.
Our trek through the town led us to The Lanes which had a great collection of shops, cafes and restaurants with some very original names, such as the fantastically-named, Wai Kika Moo Kau: that name still makes me smile :-)
My favourite though, had to be the Angel Food Bakery, the source of some pretty good appetite-filling, waist-expanding, button-popping, sugary goodness you've ever slipped your tongue across. Yum!!
Now, I seem to have built up a bit of a reputation in my little circle of friends as something of a master baker (at least, I think that's what they meant), having now made a bundle of cakes for people including a wedding cake, a 30th anniversary cake and my nephew's christening cake, so it's hard to go into a place like this and not be inspired. Needless to say, my fridge is now stocked up and ready for a bank holiday bake-off - which should give me something to do while we're all waiting for the sun to show itself :-)
Even though the cakes were not of the large muffin variety, just one was enough to fill the hunger hole ... so we had one more between us, just to be sure, and made our way back to the sea front to walk it all off.
After wandering the pier for the umpteenth time, the sun started heading towards the horizon so it was time to whip out my digital doobry and see what pics I could get...
I must admit, I was suitably surprised at what I was able to get out of the little cam and even more surprised that people have asked for larger versions so they can print them - a bit of an ego boost, that!!
Last weekend, life was good :-)
* Midnight finish, home by 1am. Not my choice. Not good.
** Thankfully, I wasn't called upon: I made the excuse to myself that the all-clear e-mail at 10:30 meant I didn't have to be available. Not sure how that would have gone down if it had come to it...*** By far the best of which was "That's not a muffin top, that's a whole wedding cake!" I'll leave the imagery to you imagination!