The quick and the hun­gry

The Northland Age - - Local News -

Two sorts of peo­ple con­verged on the Fair­burn Hall for Queen’s Birth­day high tea on Mon­day — the quick and the hun­gry.

The for­mer queued suc­cess­fully for a piece of Lilo Merker’s deca­dent Black For­est gateau; the lat­ter had to make do with photograph­s of what they had missed out on, and pikelets, Peter Nie­pel’s Ger­man fruit rolls and dam­son plums soaked in suf­fi­cient gin to guar­an­tee a good night’s sleep for any in­som­niac.

It’s al­ways a good sign for any Fair­burn Hall func­tion when park­ing is at a pre­mium, and that was cer­tainly the case on Mon­day.

It was full house, hall committee pres­i­dent (and baker of gen­uine Ger­man fare) Peter Nie­pel said, lean­ing on the cof­fee ma­chine and won­der­ing if he should spe­cial the few re­main­ing pikelets.

The gateau, made by Peter’s part­ner Lilo, had been the star though, and any­one who had been a bit slow off the mark had missed out.

“We skipped the cherry brandy though. We didn’t want drunk chil­dren run­ning around,” Peter said.

“I would have liked a piece my­self,” he added, “but I turned around and it was gone.”

Lilo was heard ask­ing if she should go home and make an­other one, but the ques­tion was clearly rhetor­i­cal.

Mean­while Sylvia Haines, who trav­elled from Lake Nga¯tu to be there, was re­warded for her stylish ef­fort with the prize for best-dressed guest, her en­sem­ble in­clud­ing what she con­firmed had been, per­haps un­til very re­cently, a lamp shade. Not one was bet­ting that it would not soon be one again.

Her prize was a large porce­lain chook, which she ad­mit­ted she wasn’t sure what she would do with.

It was sug­gested that with two holes in the bot­tom it might serve as a salt shaker, but that did not seem likely.

Next on the hall agenda is a soup night. It might pay to get there early.

Sylvia Haines with her best­dressed prize.

Peter Nie­pel and Si­mon Pearce tak­ing a breather after the rush. IN­SET: Lilo Merker’s Black For­est gateau didn’t last long.

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