Never one for a rigorous approach to domestic chores, I decided to finally clean off the top of the kitchen cupboards today. My daughter Noli observed in passing that Mum had kept her birthday cake from years ago up there. It was gone ages ago, however. When I got to the top of the ladder, I said: “It’s still there.” You will note that it was her 7th birthday cake. She’s turning 17 this year.