I met a few other Kiwis in SheBu for a drink & meal before the show - I think that's the first time I've been in a Walkabout pub, not bad for all this time in the UK. I only knew high school friend Jeff, but as it turned out one of his other friends couldn't make it so I got a significant upgrade in my seat. The show was fantastic, not quite as side splittingly funny as I perhaps expected - but hilarious all the way through & a couple of tears of laughter shed.
Second-cousin Catherine & Chris have recently finally found a house to buy in NE London, so I was keen to visit & catch-up, almost a year since I saw them shortly after returning from Canada. Summer finally arrived with vengeance on Sunday, so Trish & I set off to lunch. Olympic preparations were obvious & our drive took us past the impressive stadia - the journey was a bit slower than it otherwise might have been, but not any slower than taking the trains & walking at each end. I'm just glad that I'm well away from the Olympics & won't have to deal with all the congestion as I choose from thirty-odd BBC channels to watch whatever might be going on.
Duly impressed by the new house & all the work that has obviously been done quite recently, we settled down for a great lunch on the patio overlooking playing fields & woodland. Silly me, didn't even consider that it might be worth putting in a hat when I packed Friday night - but after the last two months, I think it's understandable. Chris apparently has been wanting to used their not-insubstantial charcoal barbie for some time, so it was put to good use.
I do like that people choose to cook lamb when I'm over, I'm pretty sure I've had more lamb since leaving NZ than I did living in the country - it's fantastic. The large piece of lamb served up didn't disappoint & we were all well fed. Even though there were six of us, I imagine that there is still lamb in the fridge at Chris & Catherine's. With all the new potatoes, asparagus & various salads - it turned into quite the feast that I wasn't expecting, I'm hardly going to complain about that.
|A not very well timed photo - that's a large piece of lamb, & Chris too|