Tuesday, June 25, 2013

On a Sunday

We went to Mersea.




It was Father's Day.  I've certainly been to more remote islands and dare I say, more beautiful ones.




But Mersea has merit.



 

It's a very short drive away and I do so love a causeway island, the thrill of driving along the narrow road as the water begins to rise.  The excitement of being cut off from the mainland.  Isolation so close to urbanity.  It's a wonderful feeling.




There are painted beach huts, the glitter and crunch of oyster shells galore and a the beach is dog friendly.




The highlight was stone skimming.




The Technical Advisor excelled himself and under his patient tutelage all three of us mastered the art.




We were mesmerised as the flat stones skipped across the water and for those few brief hours on Mersea we felt ourselves a thousand miles away.

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Friday, June 07, 2013

Summer food

This week has been entirely gorgeous, the sun has shone every day, the breeze blew warm and kind.




We have celebrated each of these heavenly days with food that tastes of summer.




We had chicken roasted with lemons and thyme, the oily juices dressing our salad leaves and the crisp sugar snap peas.




We ate warm gammon with new potatoes bathed in butter, mint and chives and wobbly mayonaise.




We had thick herby yoghurt with harissa spiced rice.

And of course this is Friday and Friday is wine night.  Tonight there will be cold, peachy wine and charcoal scented burgers.




I love summer food almost as much as I love summer sunshine.  Happy Friday to you all.







 

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Thursday, June 06, 2013

In a month



The bluebells came in a haze of blue and now are fading fast.  All is green and lush and Suffolk could hardly be more beautiful right now.


  


The wettest and coldest of Spring weeks ended in a glorious blaze of sunshine, just in time for our annual bank holiday "grown-ups versus children water fight".



A tradition that has become one of the highlights of our year.  This time around saw a whole new level of weaponry and cunning employed.  It's all in the planning.  Well, that and who has control of the hose of course.
 

 
And how do water fighting children entertain themselves at night?  With their very own gambling den of course.


I'm guessing that I hardly need add that grown-ups entertain themselves with wine, good food and laughter.  Of course, we had spin of the wheel too.
  

 

 

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