My dear friends came to the blog party yesterday and it was great to see you. As ever, it turned out that there was a lot of food, but also that a remarkable amount was eaten. There’s a fair bit of ham left, but then it was a 17 lb (including bone) whole gammon, and I’ll finish the bit of salmon and eggs tonight.
The real hit of the day was Rose’s lovely bloke Lawrence and his coffee bar. It’s a splendid mobile one which he takes to all sorts of events – today, he’s in Norwich Cathedral Close for the Norwich 100 (mile) cycling race. I expect my son in law Phil has been one of his customers. He set it up in my porch (it’s actually a fairly sizeable room) and so was the first thing everyone saw when they arrived – I’d already had a major caffeine fix so moved on to wine, but I was the only one. Everyone else accepted coffee, a choice of teas or hot chocolate on arrival and he was kept busy, as was his glamorous assistant Rose, most of the day. It was immensely generous, hugely enjoyed and I can’t thank him enough.
The tortoises joined the party for a bit and two of the three proved incontinent as always, but fortunately my dress sponged clean…
Absent friends were talked about and missed, but next year was mentioned by several people, so let’s hope. I’m game if you are – assuming I haven’t sold up and moved by then, but I think that would be fairly remarkable. In any case, my next house, assuming I do leave here, has to be big enough for parties.
Darling Mig stayed overnight and did sterling work on Friday evening, Saturday morning and Sunday morning too, with the result that all preparations were done (the benefit of an entirely cold meal) by 12.15 and all the washing up has been done.
We were also so lucky with the weather – it rained on Friday and Sunday but was dry and mostly sunny on the day. Have to appreciate those weather pixies – mind you, I’ve lit the fire today. I don’t strictly need it, but I have spent a lot of the day relaxing and a log fire is so cheering. I’ve been reading, mostly, eating lemon syllabub and strawberries (well, I didn’t have either yesterday, nor any chocolate, so I’ve been making up for lost time there too).
Thanks for coming and being such fun.