Well, on Sunday morning (only with a slight headache) did we make our way to the top of the road to await the marathon runners and in particular Mick! It was Andy, me, half of the 'Wests' as one of the West's children was very resistant to stir his stumps to walk up the road so poor Dad had to stay at home with him, Lettuce and LG. Due to the fact that all my old neighbours were there I saw very little of the marathon as most of the time was spent 'catching up' with one neighbour after another! However, I did manage to get this:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3e6gP4cS4Vo
After a lovely Sunday lunch with Lettuce, M and LG, we wandered up at 4pm to Mick and Cas's house. Just in case they were delayed in London getting back from the marathon Cas had given me her house keys and instructions to put the oven on in readiness for the 'little' post marathon party they had planned. On arriving at her house at 4.01pm, we met Mick's brother, wife and two children on the doorstep! Letting ourselves in, we proceeded to find a myriad of post it notes that Cas had left for me! One on the oven nob (second setting), one on the other oven nob (200), one in the fridge (this food), millions on various plates (this dish for potato salad)etc. It was like a painting by numbers but food assembling by post it notes! (She's SO efficient is Cas).
Well, between us (that's me and Annette) - the men had gone to watch the FA cup semi final as soon as they got in(tch), we rustled up a banquet! Half an hour later the conquering marathon man arrived! Excited and full of humourous stories about his run. Family and friends began to trickle in and the champagne flowed. (Sadly, I had volunteered to be the designated driver for the day so only one glass for me).
We went back to Lettuce's for two 'wonderful' cups of tea and some shortbread she had squirrelled away! I have to say that Lettuce's house is truly amazing. Not having a house of my own at the moment, going back to friends' houses is almost like coming home. All the stuff is so familiar and comfortable. If you stand anywhere in Lettuce's house or garden there is ALWAYS something to look at of interest! Not only is it full of Armadillo's, it's also full of other things the two (and later three) of them have collected over the years. Even the toilet is a treasure trove! Bottles and display boxes of interesting stones and shells Lettuce has collected from every beach she ever set foot upon, really interesting junk shop find books and knick knacks.
Her kitchen is the same, hence the word I used 'squirrelled'. There are nooks and crannies stuffed with interesting bits of food! In our house, we use the 'just in time' principle. Food does not stay in the cupboard more than a week (apart from stuff we rarely use that stays in the cupboard for years and then has to be thrown out!) (Quinoa comes to mind!) Lettuce, digs deep into the recesses of her cupboards and pulls out all manner of interesting things. Yesterday apart from the shortbread she pulled out 'pate de lapin' (veritable French stuff), 'rillette de oie' (also French) for our starters! As you all know, my great friend Lettuce
is an extremely interesting, clever, and wonderful person!
I'm in a tennis tournament tomorrow! (hahahhahahhahahahahha, gulp). Off to the club now to practise with Wendy my partner. We'll need more than two hours court time I think!
Also, have my book club tonight. The book we (were supposed to have) read is a novel called 'Amazing Splashes of Colour' and it's about a person with synasthesia (sp?) which would interest Trac.
Update: Tournament cancelled! And I never made it to my book club as I hadn't read the book (due to Amazon not delivering it until after my holiday - so not ALL laziness)