Shortly before the Chatters were due to arrive I noticed my husband had left his keys behind. Knowing he'd need them later I called to offer to bring them part of the way into the city (well I offered mum's services).
Mad panic ensued - packing Little Guy and mum into the car, roaring to the station, dashing in to get them onto the train, speeding home (u-turns etc), burning up to greet the Chatters as they arrived.
The cake was baking happily while I was gone, looked perfect but it was a bit runny in the center. It's a Continental Apple Cake, from Edmonds NZ Cookbook.
Mum and Little Guy made it back safely just as the Chatty Cafe was ending. It was one of the few solo trips mum has made on the train. Bearing in mind she speaks absolutely no Japanese she did really well.
What a morning! Remind me to look for a key hook to hang by the door.