Living in the Sounds means that summer brings many visitors to our home, either for a day or for much longer. We've had a particularly hot and dry summer this year which has meant many meals out on the deck overlooking the bay - my favourite dining area.
For the last week friends from Auckland have been with us and the weather has been superb. The men have been fishing most days and we girls have been talking, shopping, talking, and walking in the hills. Did I mention talking? There's always so much to catch up on.
My girlfriend and I have also spent a lot of time in the kitchen. We both love creating delicious food for everyone to sit around enjoying in the sunshine with a glass of something delicious from our local wineries. With the fish so fresh it was still wriggling, the vegetables picked from the garden as we needed them, the eggs my chooks think they've hidden from me every morning, we could hardly go wrong.
Then there's chocolate. Funny how that featured in quite a few creations.
I heard of a new way to savour hollow easter eggs this week. Must've been the chocolate thing. You carefully break the end off, keeping your hands around the opening raise the egg to your nose and inhale the sweet, delicious, chocolatey scent from inside. Apparently it's heaven. I have yet to try it. Personally I prefer to eat them but hey, I might be missing out on something, and as Easter is rapidly approaching I'll give it a try.
Easter will probably wrap up summer, but it will also bring my latest love, our grandson, to stay. He's bringing his parents and some other friends with him, and Granny will once more be busy in the kitchen cooking up a storm. This may be the last weekend we'll spend around the outdoor table for dinner this season. But with a bit of luck autumn and winter will speed past, spring will arrive and we'll be dusting off the cobwebs and dead bugs and starting all over again. Spring is my favourite season but summer brings so many good times it ranks right up there too.
Have you had a great summer? Or for those in the opposite hemisphere, are you looking forward to your summer?
I have a copy to You, Me and A Family to give away.