We were invited out to lunch today by some boating friends across the way who live locally.
We arrived bang on 12.30 armed with a bottle of red wine, flowers and chocolates for our hosts who live in a converted barn which is the kind of property dreams are made of.
Set in idyllic surroundings in the countryside with a pond full of coi carp and birds twittering and fluttering around us, we have spent a most enjoyable few hours in their company.
Lunch was three courses, starting with a pepper soup which was delicious, and I have memorised the recipe. Our main course was roast chicken, asparagus, cauliflower, purple brocoli, carrots, snap peas and new potatoes, followed by a mango and strawberry salad with natural yoghurt.
It was all wonderful and practically syn free (butter and milk in the soup) so I have no need to feel guilty for eating so well!
Having filled them in on our intended plans, they are sorry to see us sell up, but when we explained that we are not leaving the area immediately, we could see they were pleased.
We sincerely hope that when we are ‘boatless’ the friends we have made over the last couple of years will keep in touch.
Our backgrounds are all so different, so conversation never wavers and it will be nice perhaps to meet up once in a while for a pub lunch and have a chin.