Regular readers of my posts will know that I seem to be out for lunch more often than I stay home; some weeks that is indeed true.
Today we were intending to stay home. Having been to M and S on Thursday with friend W - and having bought some rather tempting foods - I thought we would stay home and have chicken kiev for lunch. That is until I got it out of the freezer only to find that I had mis-read the label and it was indeed vegetarian kiev. I love vegetarian food but the farmer is not too keen. So when I suggested that I should treat him out to lunch, he perked up considerably.
Fifteen miles up the dale in absolutely awful weather - strong winds and rain - to our friend's cafe, The Pantry'. The farmer had roast pork, apple sauce, mashed potatoes, roast potatoes, broccoli, carrots and red cabbage. I had a half portion of roast lamb, mint sauce and the same vegetables only in smaller quantities. We have driven home at the side of ever-rising water in the River Ure. One lady who came in to the cafe said that they had had to turn back and find another way in as the road was flooded (always a risk up there in wet weather). We got home safely without seeing too much water.
It was far too windy and wet to get out and take photographs and we were in a line of traffic the whole way, so the three photographs I took give you only a taste of a rising river. The one where there is obvious speed, shown by the blurred image of the bridge, is in fact one of the feeder becks and one of the reasons why the River Ure rises and floods so quickly.
Home again now. Tess was pleased to see us and now sits on the bottom step in the Hall, next to me on the computer. Am now going to sit by the woodburner, suitably full after that delicious lunch.