Happy Friday! Hope you've got your vest on, 'cos it's pretty parky out there today! Hard to believe this day last week we were basking in balmy breezes, bright sunshine and a temperature here in the South, of 13 degrees! Still, variety is the spice of life they say, and who am I to argue
It was lovely to read your various Valentine Day stories, and to catch up on all you've doing during the half term holiday too – Janet I'm hoping you will have become a Grandma by now, and Jo I hope your day with Ellie was fun
Well thanks to those of you who took the time to think about my dress choice for Thursday's night out, I can tell you now that the dress I wore was the one on the left of the picture – and yes it did look brown but was infact black! I felt the other two left no space for expansion of the waist line, whereas the longer dress had a ruched element in the front which I felt would adequately house a larger tummy due to additional bread rolls and maybe the odd pudding or two!
It was indeed a good choice as Colin and I motored our way through seven courses! To be fair – as this was 'haute cuisine' – four of those courses were little appetisers, but they were gorgeous! We had goats cheese with olives and truffle, a strawberry and champagne sorbet, a tiny blini with three different types of caviar on it, and then chocolates to follow our sweet!
My starter was equally delicious and set onto an incredibly intricate mix of salad leaves and dressing, but my memory is such that I've forgotten what it was!! The main course though is indelibly printed in my mind – rack of lamb with black pudding, caramalised red cabbage, and a little tower of cloud like potato… exquisite!
I had taken my phone with me to the dining room so that Colin and I could have a photo together, but when the sweet course arrived I just had to take a picture of these works of art… mine was a mouth-watering melee of raspberry souflee and sorbets, and Colin's, an incredible chocolate sculpture, lemon mousse and a tiny wee tangy fruit tart! As you can see, the time it would have taken the chef to make these was a GREAT deal longer than it took Colin and I to demolish them…
I had to guard my share of the chocolates though, as he finished his pud before me, and I fear there would have been none left! Unbelievably the next morning we somehow managed to eat a complete cooked breakfast too! I think the waiter (who had been at our table the night before) was somewhat taken aback when we asked for extra toast, but at least it meant we didn't have to worry about eating anything else until Saturday
When we got home, I was checking through my emails and found one from my brother in Sydney, who had written to remind me that this time last year we had been with him in Australia… incredible to think that the year has passed so quickly. I do miss him, but hope that one day soon we will have time together again. For those of you who may have spotted me on air over the last five days, I'm no longer wearing my bandage, but thank you so much for your kind comments and concern.
Sadly I don't think it's been as succesful as I had hoped it would be, but I am perservering with an alternative compression sleeve until my 'made to measure' one arrives! May be brave and bare both arms tonight, although a little fake tan is definitely needed as I'm looking mighty pasty!
One final bit of news is that Colin has his first live 'gig' with his troupe The Sonny Walters Band on Monday next week! Exciting! I'll let you know how it goes, but thought it would be nice to give you a copy of his album so you can enjoy all the beautiful songs he's written. Bearing in mind it's country music, I thought I'd set this simple question…
One of the world's most successful female country artists is Dolly Parton. She has composed over 3,000 songs and sold over 100 million records, but how old is she?
Just list your answer below before midnight next Thursday and all those who get it right, will be put into a draw and I'll ask my lovely editor to randomly pick three winners – good luck! (Was going to suggest you guess her bra size, but it's changed so many times I'm not sure even she'd know!! )
Have a lovely weekend, and I'll look forward to hearing from you. With my love always, Ali xx
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