Pottering

Just a pile of soft gingerbread pieces left

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Two walls down...

Two walls down...

It didn’t take long for the rest of my tower to collapse. Half an hour ago Kalle shouted from the kitchen that two walls were down and while I was downloading the photos to the computer he shouted again that all walls had fell.

Just a pile of gingerbread pieces left

Just a pile of gingerbread pieces left

All walls down...

All walls down...

Breaking News: The roof of Portomaso Tower collapsed early this morning

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Breaking News:

The roof of Portomaso Tower collapsed early this morning

Roof of the Portomaso Tower collapsed early this morning, leaving massive structure damage to the rest of the building. Now when the roof is gone, there is no weight on the walls and it will probably take a few days before they fall down. If they still stands by the end of next week, they will be demolished.

The building constructor Emma Brynils says that she will not rebuild the tower until the problems leading to this collapse, has been analyzed and actions taken to prevent this from happening again.

-It’s really no fun to put all time and effort into building houses or in this case – a tower – when it only lasts a couple of days, Emma says. 

Since the collapse were predicted the building was already evacuated and no gingerbread man or women was injured.

The tower without the roof

The tower without the roof

The walls split up when the roof collapsed

The walls split up when the roof collapsed

The roof and antenna is broken in pieces at the bottom of the tower

The roof and antenna is broken in pieces at the bottom of the tower

My tower splits apart more and more

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My soon-to-be-gone tower

My soon-to-be-gone tower

Look at my poor tower… not much to do about it now.

I’ll just wait and see how long it takes before it falls apart.

I know for sure it won’t last until Christmas anyway.

My tower is crumbling in Malta’s humid air

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Only a few days has gone by since I made the tower and it is already falling apart. The gingerbread is soft and spongy, and the sugar-glue dissolves slowly. I’m surprised if it stills stands on Monday.

What should I do? Any suggestions?

Let’s build a gingerbread house!

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Since I hade plenty of dingerbread dough left, I decided to build a gingerbread house.

First I had to cut out the different pieces I needed.

First I had to cut out the different pieces I needed.

Let the pieces cool down.

Let the pieces cool down.

The smaller pieces got a little burned, but it will have to do anyway.

The smaller pieces got a little burned, but it will have to do anyway.

I think I have all pieces now.

I think I have all pieces now.

 
The corners must be separated from the wall.

The corners must be separated from the wall.

So, all corners at separated from the walls now.

So, all corners at separated from the walls now.

I melted sugar and used it as glue.

I melted sugar and used it as glue.

The first 3 sides were easy to put toghether.

The first 3 sides were easy to put toghether.

It was difficult to add the last side without getting burned on the sugar.

It was difficult to add the last side without getting burned on the sugar.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
First corner piece in place.

First corner piece in place.

All 4 small corners added without any problems.

All 4 small corners added without any problems.

 
Corner walls

Corner walls

 
All corners are added now.

All corners walls are added now.

  
 
The roof is put in place. The hole is for the antenna.

The roof is put in place. The hole is for the antenna.

 
I had to add reinforcement on the roof for the heavy antenna.

I had to add reinforcement on the roof for the heavy antenna.

 
 
 
 
 
Looking good!

Looking good!

I had problems with the antenna, it almost went throught the roof.

I had problems with the antenna, it almost went throught the roof.

Almost ready now!

Almost ready now!

Time to decorate

Time to decorate

I'm done with the decorations.

I'm done with the decorations.

Portomaso Business Tower as  gingerbread house

Portomaso Business Tower as gingerbread house

Dry orange slices for decoration

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First I sliced an orange

First I sliced an orange

Then I decided to add lemon and lime as well

Then I decided to add lemon and lime as well

I placed the slices on a baking sheet and dried them in the oven for a few hours

I placed the slices on a baking sheet and dried them in the oven for a few hours

Oops, the slices burned quickly at the end...

Oops, the slices burned quickly at the end...

I used the dry slices as decorations for the advent wreath. But tomorrow I will throw away the burned slices and buy more decorations and better candles.

I used the dry slices as decorations for the advent wreath. But tomorrow I will throw away the burned slices and buy more decorations and better candles.

Fruit Carving

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Fruit carving

Fruit carving

Dagen började med att vi slappade på stranden vid hotellet.

Efter lunchen gick jag på en kurs i fruit carving. Det var jätteroligt och jättesvårt! men jag lyckades i alla fall få till lite potatisrosor och tomatblommor mm. (det är dock inte jag som dekorerat papayan…)

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