And what a super evening it was. Six of us with good food, a few games, plenty of liquid refreshment and laughter galore, enough to make my sides ache. I managed to stay up and awake until half past ten, which is a miracle for me, and I didn't wake this morning until seven. It was a shock to find it getting light - that doesn't happen much these days. Many thanks, Ruth and everyone, for a great evening.
The cheese and sesame biscuits I baked for the buffet were a great hit so thanks are also due to Veejay. They all got eaten so I will have to think again today. Looking at my fruit bowl, I guess it has to be banana muffins for the meeting tomorrow (and for tea today), as I have some pretty soft bananas that need eating up. I will have a good ponder about the barter food. Decisions, decisions!
My goodness, it was chilly again this morning. I'm sure there was just a smidgen of frost along the edges of the shed roof when I looked out earlier, although it has gone now. The tomatoes are OK but I do have to decide when to cut the remaining fruits and bring them in to ripen (or not). I was hoping for more outside ripening but . . . well the first heavy frost cannot be too far away now, can it?
Yesterday I did a count of all the jars of jams and chutneys I have for gifts. They made a brave show, all lined up. I also had a look at my much reduced collection of jars, decided I am unlikely to get many of the used ones back again, found a 'sale' email in my mailbox from the Jamjar Company (which I can thoroughly recommend) and placed an order! I also found a company that sells all sorts of paper carrier bags - I've been wondering about how to pack the jars as presents for friends, parent helpers, etc - so bought some of them too. I can doll them up with glittery stuff to make them festive!
Better go and start thinking kitchen stuff . . . just look at the time - nine thirty!!!