Friday, 28 July 2017

1st dinner party.



The boys held their first ever dinner party yesterday, and what a dinner party is was; we even had personalised place names (with minor spelling mistake).

The BBQ was lit, the fire pit was lit, 'artisan' crisps were handed around to all present; it started well, and continued that way.

We ate BBQ'd strips of belly pork, giant 'luxury' knacki sausages, and inch-thick beefburgers, all served with a potato salad, and tomatoes. Nothing was burned, all was perfectly cooked. Everything was delicious

For dessert we ate strawberry tart, and the evening was rounded off with roasted marshmallows over the fire pit.

For a first go at entertaining, the boys did a fabulous job. They are now thinking of opening a chain of  Dangerous Fun Resterants;..... I think they'll do well.  



Thursday, 27 July 2017

Boys will be boys!



You're enjoying a pleasant evening in a fancy restaurant, and what happens? One of those present rips his trousers apart; and, just by chance, on the very evening when he'd decided to 'go commando'.

It's never a dull moment with these two about, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

Tonight they have invited us to a BBQ at Dangerous Fun headquarters. I can't wait!

Proposed Menu: 

Entrée... Sweets.

Main...  Sweets with Marshmallow sauce.

Dessert... Ice Cream with Sweets, or with toasted Marshmallows.

Drinks... Ch Orangina, Ch Pepsi.



Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Beans.



I seem to have got it right this year, we have a regular supply of beans, which should continue well into September.

Lady Magnon always gives me strict instructions to 'grow plenty of beans',  I do my best but they are often far too early, or far too late, or simply not enough.

This year I have sown four rows at 3 weekly intervals (as recommended on the box), and it seems to be working. We are having a colander-full every two days; more than enough.

They are that good old favourite variety called 'Contender'. Lovely.



Tuesday, 25 July 2017

La Reine-Claude.



The Greengage is a strange fruit, I really don't know why I bother to keep the tree in front of the house. The trunk is rotting, and clearing up all the mess from the dropping fruit is an annual nuisance.

Either they have worms inside them, or they are so sweet that they make your hair curl.

The only way to eat them is to catch them semi-ripe, open them in half (to check for lodgers), and consume them directly underneath the tree. I probably eat a maximum of 20 each year. Like that they are delicious, but hardly worth all the hassle of clearing-up the mess they produce.

I always look forward to their arrival, then wish I hadn't. Bok eats a few.



Monday, 24 July 2017

Day 1: The fun begins.



Other than having a break-down near Brive, their journey went according to plan (ahem!).

The big German car is now at a specialist garage having its gearbox looked-at, and Kimbo is driving a courtesy Renault Clio. He's not happy with it, although to me it looks perfect. 

Above, Harvey J helping Uncle Claude.


The Fire Brigade made an appearance.


Unwanted boarders were given fair warning.


And so to lunch.....

Yup, it's all aboard HMS Dangerous Fun for the next two weeks.




Sunday, 23 July 2017

Doppelganger No 7¾.



                                   mummy-portrait-of-a-young-woman-3rd-century-louvre-paris

Picasso portrait of Jacqueline 1962.


                                              Résultat de recherche d'images pour "picasso portraits de femmes"

2000 year old Egyptian portrait of a woman.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Dangerous Fun.



New for the boys this year is the Dangerous Fun Caravan (Pirate's Lair), complete with their original (now tattered) flag, which has been framed. I have also built a simple outdoor fire pit for cooking sausages, marshmallows, etc.

The caravan now has two 'beds' and two comfortable mattresses, so I'm hoping they'll spend at least a couple of nights in there.

There's a picnic table and benches, a couple of bikes with flat tyres, a frying pan, and not much else.

Let the Dangerous Fun commence!




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