My friend Peter Krause asked if I’d mind bringing my fancy laser level to his place so we could level up the benchwork units for his new layout Saddlersfield in the lovely new shed he’s recently had built. I had no hesitation in jumping in the car and heading north to spend a pleasant morning helping get the benchwork leveled. It took us very little time using the laser and I have a feeling that we both surprised ourselves at how quickly the job went compared to what time it would have taken using traditional bubble levels.
So after not much more than an hour we were sitting under the awing at the back of his house drinking tea when he offered me a Ginger Nut biscuit. Now I haven’t eaten a Ginger Nut in years so I agreed with alacrity but what he offered was suspiciously thin and decidedly un-nut like. A Ginger Nut is an Arnott’s biscuit and in my memory they are fat, sweet and hard. I mean really HARD! They aren’t a Ginger Nut unless you’re in danger of chipping a tooth on them. I offered the opinion that what Peter was offering me to accompany my cuppa was a dreaded generic or something sold by that German retail mob masquerading as an Aussie classic but no, he assured me that these were, in fact Arnott’s Ginger Nuts! E-Gads!!?? What has the world come to when a Ginger Nut snaps rather than cracks? Of course Arnott’s was sold to the Americans quite a few years ago so I blame them. Any nation that would inflict Justin Beiber on the world and soften up a Ginger Nut has a lot to answer for! Have you seen an Iced Vovo recently? Pathetic 🙂 No wonder the current generation is taking the world to hell in a hand-basket via their mobile apps, they don’t have proper Ginger nuts to help toughen them up! 🙂
Anyway I chose to address this egregious culinary crime by hauling out my well thumbed Woman’s Weekly cookbook and cooked a batch of Ginger Nuts. And by Ginger Nuts I mean a biscuit, not a cookie, one that needs a mouth guard to eat!
Peter and another friend of mine are getting together on the 16th of January 2019 to to commence work on making some O-scale turnouts and possibly eat Ginger Nuts. If you happen to be in the area of the Qld Gold Coast or far northern NSW please make contact on firstname.lastname@example.org and you might get to eat one too.
We’ll get back to the trains next time 🙂