How exciting! Mary Berry came to our little town to give a talk as part of a food festival. I think it was a case of someone thinking, 'We'll ask her and she won't come, but we've nothing to lose." She did come though, I'm sure that the inviter (is that a word?) is still recovering from the shock.
A great evening was had by all. When we arrived at the restaurant, we were handed a glass of local bubbly and Mary's latest cookery book, then we joined a queue to have it signed.
As we waited, I tried to think of something smart and witty to say but all I managed to come up with was, "Hello." I did try to say it in a smart, witty way though, and I think she was impressed as she said, "Hello," back.
After a rather nice meal, the owner of our local bookshop interviewed Mary and it was really interesting.
Three random things I learnt about Mary:
1) She took Home Economics at school as that was the lesson for the 'not so bright' ones. (who's the smart one now, Mary?)
2) She looks way younger in real life than on the TV.
3) The dress she was wearing came for Phase Eight and looked way better on her than it did on me when I tried it on the previous week.
I think my friends were rather surprised I went to this event as I can't and don't bake. During audience questions at the end I wanted to ask, "What should I do about a soggy bottom?" but they wouldn't let me. Oh, well.
In other news, I have just sold my 90th story - which somewhat makes up for the fact that as far as baking is concerned, I'm someone who uses a smoke alarm as a timer!