Hoppo Bumpo (n): A children's game. Played by folding one's arms and hopping on one leg. Aim is to bump opponents, so that they lose their balance. Last person standing wins.

December 30, 2010


Luck (n): unpredictable phenomenon that causes an event to result one way rather than another

For example, in the pan above we see 3 cups of sugar, 2 cups of water, a stick of butter and some bicarbonate of soda at a rolling boil. The fact that 30 seconds later the volume of the mixture exceeded the pan's capacity is what we might call bad luck.

By contrast, the example above is one of "good luck". Here we see that commenter number 4 from this giveaway has won a 2011 Sewing Calendar. Congratulations to Peppermint Penguin and thank you so much to everyone who gave me such a laugh. All of your excuses were brilliant and I enjoyed reading them very much!


  1. Meee!? Really? Oh wow, thanks!! Fantastic.

    Insert excessive superlatives here.

    I'm a bit pleased.


  2. Congrats to the lucky winner!

    (I was SOOOO close...just like that pot!)

  3. Then 30 seconds later I'm guessing that there was some bad language bubbling over. Were you making honeycomb? That stuff does me in everytime. My sympathies.

  4. So glad to see you are back. I missed you! I read the excuses & I had been working up something along the lines of Aliens eating your homework... Anyhoo. Happy New Year! Jacs x

  5. Congrats to the Peppermint Penguin who won!

    What that bubbly concoction needs is "some eyes of newt, toes of frog" etc

  6. Dare one mention the words 'sugar thermometer'?

  7. Love the result when honeycomb works, not so when it overflows though :-(
    Are you still trying to clean the sugar off everything?
    Hope the New Year is wonderful for you!


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