We've had some glorious weather all week. It's been a shame to be stuck indoors working. The past few years we've only had a couple of good weeks of summer so hopefully we haven't spent it already this year.
The weather has been nice this weekend as well. However, with various errands & appointments strewn about, we couldn't really take advantage. Well, we could have but I "couldn't be bothered". I guess I'm allowed to be lazy every now and then.
I failed to mention in last week's blog that our day in St Andrews, Sunday (5/26), was Nicole's 14th birthday. We are fairly laid back with birthdays (perhaps too much so) and even more so with poor Nicole as we tend to be on holiday. We did surprise her with a few unexpected gifts (books) on the day but knew her party was going to happen this weekend.
It was time for another ex-pat gathering at our usual spot: the Bull's Head in Repton. Unfortunately, the occasion was to wish our good friends the Seppanens a fond farewell as they repatriate back to the States at the end of the month. We've really enjoyed having them here during our (longer) stay. It's been good to share experiences, meals, drinks and activities with them. The shared walks/hikes, in particular, have been nice.
Jay has also been a huge help for me these last 6-7 months as Kuk has traveled more and more to Bristol for work. Jay graciously watches the kids for a short while in the morning on those days and ferries Alex off to school so that Kuk can take the early train and I can still get to work at a decent time. (Nicole can walk to her school from their place). Thanks, Jay, for making life that much easier.
We will certainly miss them but know that they are ready to get back and start the next phase of life. Best of luck guys! (and we will see you a few times between now and when you leave)
Most of the crew from tonight's gathering -- an impromptu photo shoot (sorry for those that left ahead of this)
I had a few food photos leftover from before our Scotland trip but I didn't want them buried in that long post.
I tried a seafood lasagna with a white bechamel sauce for the first time. It was a big hit.
grilled sea bass with smoked panchetta and almonds -- mmmmmm good
note that sea bass here is different than sea bass in the States -- what's called sea bass in the States is usually Chilean Sea Bass or Patagonian toothfish and is much thicker, oilier and quite expensive. Here it is a milder, whitefish similar in texture and size (but not taste) to trout
new dish from J.O: Sizzling Beef Steak w/ shrimp and noodles
Keep your fingers crossed for next Saturday. Nicole and I have a big outdoor challenge. Stay tuned . . . .
Time to watch the (recorded) Britain's Got Talent Finals. Have a good week everyone.