I had a very strange thought the other day about jobs that I'd like to have. This all came about because of a programme on the telly called 'The Great British Bake Off'. It's the kind of programme that I have on as background, but every now and again I hear something that really makes me pay attention. And then last night I had a rather strange dream about changing my profession.
Well the job on TGBBO was a Food Historian. Now to me that sounds fascinating. The woman who was on was explaining the history of the cupcake. It apparently all started with a cook wanting to make a small cake for 'them's upstairs' and made one in a tea cup, and thus the cupcake was born. Fascinating no? Well alright then, maybe I'm the only one. Anyway, I began to wonder how one goes about becoming a Food Historian, and during my search I came up with this article. From there I wandered over to the University site, and I have to say if I were years younger it might well be something I would be interested in studying. I mean a Masters degree in Gastronomy... who wouldn't want that? And in Italy... what could be better?
So in my dream there I was with my PhD in cupcakes and writing numerous papers in the art of going from a teacup to a paper case, and then I turned back into me, just plodding round my Borders home trying to grow coffee rather unsuccessfully and then I woke up.
Do you think there are actually people who have a PhD in such things? Now I really want to meet one, so if any of you come across such a person do let me know. I have loads of questions.
Last night I played in the semi finals of the women's handicap bowls competition, and I'm very pleased to say that I won, and though I say it myself, I played rather well in the awful conditions. It was like Autumn out there: cold, dark, drizzly and with what felt like a gale force wind, which made it very hard to play. Luckily the person I was playing against had a handicap of only one more than me (she was +6 and I was +5), so we were pretty much even at the start and I won 21 - 15, which I thought was pretty damn good. However there is one downside and that is last year I also got to the final (and lost) and I was immediately docked one of my precious handicap points hence me not being at +6, and that means this year I shall lose another... ah well, I wonder how many I'll lose if I win? Best not go there as I don't want to spook myself before I've even played. Wish me luck!