We threw a barbecue party at the weekend for everyone who has worked on our house over the past few years. Believe me, they earned it.
We’re about two-thirds of the way round what is a very beautiful but somewhat neglected 16th century house. Now we only have the old doctors’ surgery to strip out and repair.
Yes, the old surgery is still there, in spite of the fact that the practice moved to a new building in a nearby village donkeys’ years ago. We still have the receptionist’s window and a rather fetching collage on the wall of ducks in sou’westers. There was even a bed in the consulting room when we first moved in.
I’d show you a picture but it’s wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling with our books at the moment. Still in boxes. Yup.
But Phase Three has been completed. Our builders, James and Mick (gentlemen, I salute you) finished a day ahead of what was a very tight schedule. They worked phenomenally hard and did a fantastic job. If anyone reading this has a decrepit listed building in Suffolk in need of repair, I can supply references on request.
We also invited our friends and neighbours Paul and Rindy and their family, without whom none of this would have been possible. Thank you, all. The least we could do to show our appreciation was to invite them all over for a meal. This is what we ate.
Paneer tikka kebabs, adapted from Geeta Seth’s recipe here
Sausages (you have to have sausages at a barbecue)
Potato salad with capers and sweet pickled cucumber
The special family coleslaw
Tomato and herb salad from the garden
And to nibble on while things were cooking, tricolore salad on a stick.
We rounded it all off with summer pudding and we drank Pimm’s, chilled white wine and for the designated drivers, home made elderflower cordial mixed with lots of lemon juice. Oh, and ginger beer. James is very fond of ginger beer. Just a tip in case you ever want to hire him. 😉