Wednesday, 18 December 2019

A Sporting Lunch


Our swimming group is a great bunch of people who care about one another and don't just hang out at the pool together. This summer Philippe and Marie-José had their 50th wedding anniversary, so naturally there was a party at their place (on a Thursday of course, when the pool is closed).

I made beetroot and walnut hummus. (Recipe.)
Beetroot hummous. Prepared and photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

I'm not sure what Philippe is up to with this water butt arrangement, but knowing him it's a genius idea.
Water butt. Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

Toasting Marie-José and Philippe.
Toasting. Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

Presenting Marie-José and Philippe with a bottle of bubbly.
Presenting a bottle of bubbly. Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

Left to right: Jean, Paola, Marie-José, Claire, Ingrid, Yohann's daughter, Chantal, Christiane, Yohann, Huub.
Lunch picnic party in a garden. Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

I also made a vegetable terrine, from the recipe on Taste of France.
Vegetable terrine. Prepared and photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

Many of the swimming group also cycle.
Fixing a bike tyre puncture. Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.
The young female owner of this bike with a puncture was visibly unimpressed when the old white guys took over the repair. As she pointed out, if she'd wanted to repair it this way she could have done it herself. I think André ('fifty years of riding bikes in France') forgot he was dealing with a Dutch woman. The metal detector is for trying to locate the metal valve that pinged off somewhere into the pine needle ground litter (never to be found again, even with the aid of metal detecting technology).

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4 comments:

chm said...

Happy birthday, Susan, and many happy returns of the day.

Your daily posting is really appreciated. Keep up the good work!

Susan said...

Thanks chm. Off to lunch at a favourite restaurant later.

Unknown said...

I second that,chm. I look forward each morning to discovering your post. May this year bring you (and us) lots more interesting experiences and better health too. I can heartily recommend meditation for those vague unsettling ailments by the way.
All the best,
Jocelyn

Susan said...

Thanks Jocelyn. I think you are right about meditation, but at the moment I have all sorts of excuses for not starting.

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