Volunteers were duly recruited and a delectable spread produced, from chocolate cake to millionaire's shortbread, and even fairy cakes with proper wings. Some baked, some bought, although the standard was so high that in some cases it was hard to tell the difference. The Partners even approved an additional Dress Down Day, to help get everyone in the mood. It's always a bit awkward when someone asks you if those ridiculous red trousers you're wearing are for Red Nose Day when… they're not.
I had thought about making a fruitcake, just to keep things currant (sorry). From my seat near the 8th floor kitchen I've heard plenty of coins dropping into the jar all day and there's an undeniable cheer in the air this afternoon. A preliminary count shows we've topped £100, which is more than we'd expected.
The Glasgow office has recently swelled in size since the merger with Macdonalds. The firm has put on a few events to help everyone settle in and get to know their new colleagues, although few things are better at getting people talking than a cup of tea and a chocolate cannonball (my Gran's recipe; sorry, top secret). What's clear is that the enthusiasm from all quarters shows what a good match it has been.
As long as the baking continues, I'll be happy.
P.S. Apparently there were some events on at Quartermile, where we have our Edinburgh office. Something about a Harlem Shake? I think that might be a kind of milkshake. Doesn't sound like much.