First Outing since Lockdown
On a very warm Saturday in August, Iain and Pearl very kindly hosted a lunch for club members to celebrate the end of lockdown at home in their extensive garden near Huntingdon. We duly followed Iain's detailed directions and managed to arrive slightly early to an enthusiastic welcome from Ted, Iain and Pearl's very friendly golden retriever. Iain and Pearl had taken great care with the safety precautions, so after hand-sanitising, we were treated to a personal tour of their lovely garden, which included a viewing of Guy the Gorilla, Wellington the Crocodile and the magnificent elephant fountain.
Shortly afterwards, other club members started to arrive and we were all served pink fizz on the terrace in the garden. Given the heat, luckily plenty of sunshades had been provided and we spread ourselves around the garden to take full advantage of these. Once the aperitif was over, we were all invited to take turns to file into the kitchen where a splendid buffet was on offer - rare roast beef, salmon, coronation chicken with accompanying salads, as well as a vegetarian option. We then decamped to the garden again to the socially-distanced tables that had been set up on the terrace and next to the river. Needless to say, Ted was very keen to join us!
We sat down to lunch with wine at various locations around the garden either on the terrace or near the very peaceful riverside. After lunch, a number of club members took advantage of the opportunity for a lazy tour of the river on board the motor cruiser moored at the bottom of the garden.
Coffee was served in the kitchen along with a very impressive selection of delicious home-made mini-profiteroles, macaroons and fruit tarts.
Many thanks to Iain and Pearl for so very generously hosting us in such a lovely venue, for providing such delicious food and for taking so much care with the arrangements for a safe and enjoyable event.