Last Friday we woke up to sunshine and Heather, Gaz, Dawn and I headed out to one of my very favourite cities: Lincoln. (If I'd ever had a son, this would have been one of his names).
The sun always shines when we go to Lincoln, which makes it a much more enjoyable way to shop the cobblestone streets of this ancient city built on a hill. After stopping for tea (cake and diet cokes) we made our way back home with the idea of a few drinks around the fire pit after supper.
However, when I got home Andy informed me that my brother-in-law had dropped off a load of fresh mussels and mackerel. My first response was to ring Dawn and tell her to head on over with her boys for supper with us, as I know Robert adores mussels and we had a load of mackerel to throw on the bbq. We foil wrapped the mackerel with lemon and parsley, I put together a Greek salad to go with the left-over jacket's from the night before while Garry made a garlic and wine sauce for the mussels.
And the feast was on:
The boys digging into the mussels
We were lucky enough to have Connor with us for the weekend, and our youngest boy loves nothing more than a good time around the fire-pit. He decided he would be the comedian for the evening and made his appearance wearing this:
The Brits call it a Balaclava, most Canucks just say 'ski mask'
At first, I think he was making fun of how cold Dawn was, as she was in a borrowed sweater that I knew would keep her warm as its made for a much colder climate, like Banff (thanks Stace). Then he started having fun and calling himself Nacho Libre. Which soon got changed to Nacho Cheese by the adults. We eventually all agreed on 'Spicy Nacho'
It was hard to get a photograph that evening without Spicy Nacho making an appearance:
Spicy Nacho and Cameron snuck back to Cam's (what must the neighbours have thought?) to grab the acoustic and surprise Gaz, as he hadn't played his guitar since he arrived in England. It didn't take him long to get strumming; and for us to start singing. Or something like that...
(A little Eagles anyone?)
We had a few dodgy moments when hot stones started flying out of the fire pit (wtf???), however as I was the only one to take a hit before Andy rectified the situation, it was all good.
Spicy Nacho and Robert having a wrestle:
(Robert even remembered to put down his wine glass for the big event)
Group shot of the 'adults'
Connor making a rare appearance with Cameron: