I’m not going to mention my lack of blogs, it’s not all my fault – I typed up a stonker last week and then when inserting a picture, Tumblr deleted it. I had to have a very long sit down with a glass of wine afterwards – livid. 7 days later and I feel enough time has passed for me to be able to retrace my words and retype my recent activities. It’s been quite busy, but like a duck, whilst not much seems to be happening on the surface, I’m going like the clappers behind the scenes.
Since my fated and deleted blog the Council have come back with comments relating to my Building Application for the basement work and the shop refit. When I first read my Architect’s email I had an overwhelming sense of doom that all was not good, but having reread it a few times, I don’t think it’s as bad as it appeared at first glance. Ever the optimist! They suggested I install a lift, which seems rather over the top, although I’d love to have my own lift – perhaps one of those NY sorts with the pull across shutter? No, it’s crazy - we are going to fight that one. I have an appointment on Monday morning with a chap at the Town Hall to go through it all and I’m really nervous, I may bake him a little council themed cake to show him how I roll, or will that be seen as a bribe? What decoration does a council cake make? Some red tape around the base perhaps?
We are ripping up the floors this weekend and painting the walls, it seems a very bold step, I am currently fluctuating wildly between a very ‘me’ lilac or going completely off the wall with an orange, or playing to a grown up crowd with a ‘what I perceive to be a bit sensible’ taupe. I don’t think anyone will thank me for launching a sensible cake shop though, so orange or lilac will prevail. There’s also a bawdy green hovering in the wings. All will be decided in the paint shop at 9am in the morning, I have a horrible feeling it will depend on the hangover. How exciting, even I’m intrigued to see what the outcome will be.
Should I smooth things over with the council, then I do hope we can get the kitchen in after the bank holiday. Imagine that! I wonder if we’ll be trading before the next rent is due at the end of September, possibly not, but we surely will be open for my birthday and the cake inspiration date of the year, Halloween on 31st October. What a way to launch, with some seriously spooky cakes.
I’ve passed my alcohol exam, so it wasn’t 30 years wasted gaining first hand knowledge of the effects of alcohol, I can now apply for a personal license once my CRB check comes back. I can hold up to 50 events in a year through a temporary license or apply for a premises license, so cakes and a tipple are not out of the realms of possibility, especially good for celebration events.
I’ve had a few wonderful commissions lately too, one for a book launch in Brighton for the book 4a.m. written by Nina de la Mer, and another for Russell’s of Clapton a super-cool B&B on the Chatsworth Road, which may have led to a very exciting and prestigious commission, more on that later.
It’s taken about 300% longer than I thought it would already and we’re not done yet. It’s getting there, I’ve had my black Thursday when I cried myself to sleep after a 14 hour shoot day, convinced we’d never open and I had made a terrible mistake, but the next day I pulled myself together and back onto cracking the whip and I feel very positive again now. I can’t wait for the walls to be painted as I think that will change the feel of the whole place and the signwriter starts from tomorrow too. I reckon it will be a case of once the sign is up and the inside starts to take shape all will fall into place (positive thinking!) The council will be lovely and we’ll be open in super quick time. Well, a girl can dream! If you’re passing tomorrow, do swing by – I can’t wait to meet everyone.