Well nothing new there I hear you say. No,you are quite right but it was an interesting morning. Our usual coffee place is closed this week for refurbishment and so we went instead to Tennants, Auctioneers and Valuers who have both a cafe and a restaurant.
On the way in we noticed that the Restaurant had special 'Winter Warmers' on offer with a free glass of house wine. So even before we had our coffee we booked a table for two (friend W and I).
Sitting with about eight other friends in the cafe having coffee I found the large television on the wall absolutely mesmerising. There was a sale on in the Auction Rooms and the lots were being displayed on the television screen with the prices being offered on each lot totting up in the left hand corner so that you could see how much each lot went for. Fascinating. There was lots of beautiful jewelry and it was really interesting to see how much each lot fetched.
Then it was in to lunch, joined at the last minute by friend M. And what a delicious lunch it was. Probably the best fish pie I have ever had - individual pies with just white fish and prawns in a rich sauce and with leeks and then smooth mash on the top. I couldn't fault it and it was served with finely shredded cabbage mixed with green beans - that was delicious too, as was the rose wine. And all for a special price and served by delightfully pleasant staff - coats taken by the maitre d' - hot bread rolls with olive oil and/or butter to begin with - water with ice and lemon on the table without asking. All this on offer until the end of February - we shall be going again.
Tess was out with her petpals Rio and Cosmo when I got home so it was turn up the central heating again and sit and read The Times until four when the Chiropodist is due to call. And not before time say my feet.
Did anyone see, or hear, Tessa Jowell yesterday in Parliament speaking about her fight with brain cancer. Her speech brought tears to me as that is the cancer that killed the farmer (Glioblastoma). It is a cruel disease. She is a courageous woman and quite rightly received a standing ovation for her speech.