On Friday I went out for lunch with a group of friends to celebrate the 70th birthday of one of them. Preferring the sound of the starters, I made up my own meal by choosing two starters – baked goats cheese with croutons and red onion relish served alongside salmon mini fish cakes. Yummy…better than any of the main course meals. Several of my friends have had, or are looking forward to (or maybe not!) big birthdays this summer which is providing a full, if busy, social life. It’s been a summer for outdoor celebrations and I’m hoping the good weather continues so that I can celebrate my own birthday in the garden too. Husband recently refurbished our wooden garden table using the slats from an unwanted set of bunk beds. I’d take a photo but (despite the run of hot sunny days) it’s been pouring this afternoon and the table is covered up. Unfortunately the new gazebo tore during a rare storm a couple of weeks ago so we are currently without one.
This heat is playing havoc with my hair. I like it loose but get so hot that it turns ‘woolly-looking’ on the ends so mostly I tie it back. I’m fed up with it but don’t want it cut as I regretted doing so last time even though most people seemed to like it. “Oh that’s better,” said one rather undiplomatic friend!
On Saturday we went to nearby Alcester. I needed a jewellery repair and having asked around at the gym, always my first point of call for recommendations, a family firm which carries out repairs on the premises, seemed a better option than one which sends items away. Husband has been to pick up the repaired chain today and I’m very pleased. Whilst in Alcester we dropped into the Orangemable coffee shop and spent a relaxing hour in a shady spot in the garden and people watching.
A visit to the two younger grandsons filled most of Sunday…..lovely but exhausting! Highlight of the year for my eldest grandson was when we were overtaken by four Lamborghinis on the M42 on the way back home. Yes, four! First a yellow one, then blue, another yellow and finally a red one. You can just see three of them in front of the white car on the right. Then shortly after an orange one passed us on the other carriageway. I’ve never seen Grandson so animated! He couldn’t understand when I said that I wouldn’t want one, though I did say that I’d like to be able to afford one!
I’ve been doing very little baking of late. A lack of time (too busy partying with those friends) and heat-induced disinclination has meant that poor husband has been without cake. We’ve also eaten a lot of salad accompanied by simple things like tuna/egg/cheese/chicken etc. Hence, not much in the way of creating meals either. I have to make a cheesecake tomorrow though as I’m off to a friend’s on Friday and I promised.