What could be nicer on a very cold, wintry day, than sharing the afternoon with a group of friends, laughing, chatting and eating?
Friend E invited six of us to share a leg of local lamb she had been given, so at half past one we all sat down (after canapes) to roast lamb with mint sauce, bread sauce, apple jelly, delicious gravy - and roast and mashed potatoes, diced swede, carrot batons and steamed broccoli - all taken with a glass of white wine. This was followed by apple crumble and creme fraiche and finally coffee and chocolates.
The rest of the afternoon we all sat in her sitting room, the sun streaming through the windows and chatted -- and laughed, before leaving at four o'clock to come home. It was a lovely afternoon.
Now almost time for Strictly - I wonder who will go out this week. We both hope it will be Ed Balls - funny he might be but it is a dance competition and his dance skills are sadly lacking.
But I expect his fans will keep him in for another week.
Keep warm. It was the most beautiful sunset as we came home. Isn't nature wonderful?