Friday, 14 February 2014
Yesterday was a full day. Had to walk to the surgery in the morning to have a blood sample taken. Then at twelve noon we went to the dining room of our Town Hall, where Hilary was holding her birthday lunch party. It was a big 'Zero' birthday. In fact Hilary was holding a birthday party to celebrate achieving four score years. Hilary hired the dining room to seat around fifty of us, and Ros and Simon Cook (very aptly named, too) were catering. Simon had laid on a vast cauldron of cottage pie, with a good dish of vegetables at each table. Solid 'comfort food' followed by a choice of puddings, all excellent (I'm told - I stuck to just one - a chocolate roulade with cream) then tea/coffee. A meal to be lingered over, which we all did. The party broke up at about three o'clock.
In the evening we went out to supper at Jordain and Sue's new house. Sue has always wanted a dining room, so that she can entertain friends.The new home is rather larger than their previous one and Sue now has her wish. Sue told us that we were her very first first dinner guests, which we took as a great compliment, especially as our hosts are in their twenties and we are in our seventies- isn't it nice when different age groups can mingle happily?. She is an excellent cook and produced a chicken dish (a sort of slightly piquant casserole) with red peppers and one or two other vegetables in it. It had rather a 'sweet and sour taste' to it, and was excellent. She'd made an apricot flapjack as a pudding, which was also very tasty. We were allowed to play with their daughter Summer before the meal, and afterwards before she was taken up to bed. She's now five months old, and is an absolute little charmer.
Altogether a very pleasant and satisfying day.
P.s. The house photographed above dates from about 1480, and belongs to our friend Jane, who, like us, is at present having trouble with a leaking roof, and is having to live with correctly placed buckets all the time.