Sunday dawned cool and grey and drizzly. This was a bit disappointing. We had been hoping to use the new picnic tables and the new sun umbrellas and eat outside. I had been hoping to use the barbecue. I realised as the morning progressed that I was getting a bit stressed. This isn't absolutely unusual if there is a big gathering in prospect - but it's unusual when it's family who are unlikely to be particularly dismayed if food is a bit delayed. I talked to Stella and Tony at the usual time. Then realised that my stress levels were going up and up - because I would think: "I'll just finish this then I'll go and get showered and dressed." "Oh, there's someone in the bathroom. Well, I'll just do this and *then* I'll go and have a shower and get dressed." "Oh. There's someone else in the bathroom. Well, I'll do this and THEN I'll go and have a shower and get dressed." It was beginning to look as though I would still be in my pyjamas and dressing gown when the visitors all came!!!
Fortunately, I had managed to have a shower and get dressed before they arrived. I had even prepared lunch!
It was a lovely afternoon. Everyone came except Jane and Tim. Jane we had seen on Friday and Tim had been hoping to come but in the end couldn't arrange it. I had drastically under-counted the vegetarians but there was enough veggie friendly food. There was plenty of gluten free food - the butcher at Marsh Green makes amazing gluten free sausages! And I can manage gluten free kebabs and chicken pieces. Belinda scrubbed an absolute mountain of Jersey royal potatoes, which I oh-so-nearly forgot to put out when we served lunch :-S We had chocolate cakes and popcorn and fudge and dried fruit and nuts and lollies for dessert and the sun came out and we got to use the barbecue and the picnic tables and the sun umbrellas.
|My fun, ice cream van treat stand|
|Cousins having lunch|
I'm back at work now. And they are (apparently) flying over Eastern Europeon their way to Abu Dhabi and then home.
|MBSW at the bridge in Bakewell. Click on them to reach their photo album|