This month we went to the lovely Thorpe Hall in Peterborough, this is a Sure Ryder Hospice set in some beautiful grounds. We were met by Martin (& two lovely ladies in the cafe) who took time out of his busy day to tell us all about the history of the hospice, and what their future plans are. Thorpe Hall was once a house (a giant one) with a residence, then a maternity hospital, before closing for 20 years. It was then re-opened as a hospice, although all the rooms were based on the first floor, which meant patients struggled to get downstairs and out into the garden. They have recently built a specifically designed building, allowing all the 20 rooms to be on the ground floor, with en suites and french doors each opening onto the gardens. They even went as far as putting power sockets into the garden, to allow people to enjoy their last days as they wish. You can tell from speaking to Martin that they are very passionate about putting their patients first and helping both them and their families make the most of their final days.
If you are ever in the area I can highly recommend popping in, the gardens are beautiful and they also have a shop (where most have bought some bargain bouquets of flowers) and a lovely cute cafe. They also host weddings and conferences and have plenty of rooms that can be rented out.
Once Martin had finished telling us about the venue, and even was kind enough to give us a tour. We settled in the cafe with our drinks and cakes.
This month was one for the families, with Kim, Charlotte and Louise all coming with their mums. Yet again we had no duplicates with flavours, I have no idea how these ladies pull it out of the bag every month. I must admit, we did have a couple of tense moments where the baker was unsure if their cake had set, but I am pleased to report we had zero collapses.
Cheesecake isn’t something that I would normally make, but this has made me realise how easy they are, and also how versatile they can be. I would never think to make a Eton Mess cheesecake, or how much a cheesecake could taste exactly like a mojito. Amazing.
I do enjoy our cakey get together, I feel like we’ve all become great friends, discussing everything that is going on in peoples’ lives at the moment. The time flies by, and it’s always home time before we know it. I really need to start thinking about taking a separate Tupperware container for left overs, as I always seem to take more cake home than what I arrived with (not that I’m complaining).
Caroline – Chocolate Orange
Charlotte – Chocolate peanut butter
Nicola – Banoffee
Kim – New York
Louise – Mojito
Katie – Daim Bar
Diane – Eton mess
Tracey – Raspberry & Lemon
Rachel – Rhubarb & Custard
See you all next month for the Technical Challenge.