|Orchids are bursting into bloom again|
Good morning all - I am poleaxed with tiredness but pleased with yesterday's trip out. The weather couldn't have been worse we drove to Folkestone in thick fog and just as well we left plenty of time as we got stuck in a traffic jam of lorries trying to get to the tunnel. As usual the train journey was quick and uneventful but as we exited in Calais the rain had started and it didn't stop all day. Fortunately we had no plans to walk about and merely drove from one wine emporium to the next. Shiona and Keith had pre ordered much of what they wanted so it was very easy, just a case of dashing in paying and then loading the car. With the Landrover it was easy to stack up the boxes of wine in the dog cages. Then came lunch and oh boy was I ready to eat. We had a lovely meal Shiona had moules mariniere to start with followed by a lovely fish dish with a prawn sauce and as hers was from one of the set menus she also had cheese and a big chocolate mousse. Keith had a pate starter followed by boeuf bourguignon and cheese. James had the coquille st jacques gratin which was lovely and I had the fish soup then we both had the Onglet the veaux with brie sauce as a main as it was on special. Neither he nor I had room for anything else so we called it quits at that. The accompanying vegetables were interesting a small baked potato filled with a garlicky sour cream and chive filling, puree parsnip, jerusalem artichokes and two types of cauliflower. Shiona picked up the tab as I had paid for the crossing and provided the car and chauffeur. James did all the driving which was just as well as I was pretty shattered after my early start. We stopped off and bought some cheese, pate, salami and big crusty loaf which we brought home for Mike for supper. We were still stuffed from lunch and once the wine and beer had been transferred to Shiona's car and we had all had a cup of tea they made their way home and I scuttled off to my bed as I had been up for some 17 hours.
Today my mind is completely bank as regards food I will have to have a trawl through the freezer for inspiration. At least today looks dry at the moment the sky is clear and the temperature is near freezing. The dogs apparently were very well behaved in our absence but were overjoyed to see us back and we were greeted with great enthusiasm. Dan was so excited he lost his dinner on the hall carpet so he is quite keen to have his breakfast this morning. It is my intention to take things a bit easy today and my major task will be to keep the washing machine fed with load after load of washing. Where does it all come from?
Have a good day all not long now before the weekend!!!!