Michael and I threw away our old BBQ last weekend, which finally gave up after 10 years of faithful service (I bought it for my 30th birthday party). Predictably the weather has been wonderful since. So, I was in John Lewis for 9am this morning to buy a replacement. Got a Weber One-touch Gold kettle BBQ this time. I was impressed that all the bits and pieces that I bought at 9.15 were available from pickup at 11am from Trumpington. Dumped the box and some shopping from Waitrose into the house and zoomed down to the Riverbank Club, where I spent the next five hours, lounging in the sun. Very relaxing, with some red wine and sushi-wraps for lunch. Michael joined me for 30 mins for lunch, having a break from the Rohan stock-taking that lasted till 7pm. The river was lovely and warm (for May!) and I had a great swim up to dead man’s corner after lunch.
In the evening I assembled the BBQ, which was easy, and then had marinated lamb chops ready for 7pm, and the grand lighting. That could have gone better (I should have read the instructions!) but it all worked well and we had a great meal with some rose wine. Its going to take some time to getting used to waiting 60 mins before eating: it took 30 mins with the old gas BBQ we had before.
The garden is looking lovely at the moment. The vines are shooting and there are six little bunches of flowers on the edible vines that Liz and Chester gave us. Our Nelly Moser clematis is just starting to flower, but the Solomon’s Seal is stealing the show at the moment—it’s getting bigger and better each year.