Our friends, Chris, Eileen and Nel-Rose Ashton, drove down from Kendal in the Lake District--a 4 hour drive, to spend the afternoon with us today.
Eileen and I met as school girls when we were both 12, so that makes a friendship that has lasted almost 50 years.
They are also friends with many of our friends in Canada, such as Ron and Susan Stewart and Brian and Frances Furuya, having got to know them on their many visits over the years to us. In fact, this year we will be taking back Kendal Mint Cake for Ron Stewart from Chris. This special high energy food was taken to the top of Mount Everest in 1953 and Ron plans to take it on a skiing weekend.
Bruce is a favourite with the beautiful Nel-Rose, who is, however camera shy.
Chris is a garrulous, high energy Yorkshire-man!
I made a chicken casserole with rice, carrots and cauliflower for our lunch, which we followed with Sainsbury's apple and blackcurrant pie and apple crumble, with custard or cream.
We also had tea and coffee with digestive biscuits and chocolate bourbon creams--all in all a party!!