Every summer, I decide around August time that this year, I’ll be ready for Christmas. By the time November comes around, I have usually realised that my decision was absolute nonsense. If I’m honest, this year is worse than ever. Last Christmas, I finished making my Christmas cakes sometime around midnight on Christmas Eve. I’d overdone it on the fruit soaked in brandy and there was quite a lot left over. Well, enough for another cake. So, I decided that when we’d finished our Christmas cake I’d make another one. I didn’t. Until the end of August when we were…

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