We (read MWM) drove the 70 miles on Friday afternoon and were greeted by Queenie and Math with a Champagne Reception. MWM and Math disappeared to the pub (as usual) leaving two excited ladies talking for England and quaffing white wine. When the boys returned from the pub we were still talking, no way do we run out of conversation, and dinner was underway. Queenie is a fabulous cook here's what she treated us to:
Smoked mackerel pâté trimmed with Norwegian salmon and served with warmed sliced baguettes
Venison steaks presented on a bed of root mash accompanied by red cabbage and beetroot with buttered French beans. Served with a succulent redcurrant and red onion sauce au jus.
Hand picked Moroccan strawberries, dipped in rich dark chocolate, served with a cheeky saucy pot au chocolat
Liqueurs and coffee with selected after dinner mints
Brandy and Port
Nat (Queenie & Math's son) arranged to meet us at one of the restaurants (Red Hot World Buffet) he's designed on Saturday evening, where we were treated like royalty - Nat introduced us as his Aunt and Uncle - we're not really, as Peter Kay says "His Dad borrowed a screwdriver once!" The food and the atmosphere are fantastic and he's done a wonderful job on the decor. It was a long drive so by the time we got back it was gone 11 p.m. and we were all shattered, mainly from the night before, so we sat down with a cup of tea and started watching Sweeney Todd. By midnight we were ready for bed and thankfully Queenie was the first to admit it - giving us green light to retire for the night.
On Sunday we had a leisurely breakfast and by midday were were on our way over to meet Nat at his penthouse, where he has panaoramic views over the River Trent. I've put together a little slide show for you.
After a tour of the penthouse we popped across the road for a glass of wine then set off back to have Sunday lunch at a local hostelry. We had a lovely leisurely lunch (with wine) and got back home about 5 p.m. (just in time for me to watch Dancing on Ice!) Then guess what? It was time to go out again! This excursion was just to the pub up the road for Quiz night - we love quizzes! Just take a look at the photo below
WE WON! We only got one question wrong, a picture question which we had to admit we hadn't got a clue, but we weren't convinced they quizmaster had the right answer anyway! Our prize was a (very) little trophy and a round of drinks and we were thrilled, though the other locals were a bit peeved!
Victorious we returned home to stuff ourselves with a lovely selection of cheese and biscuits and yet more wine- you will have realised by now that we like wine! Once again Queenie and I had to be prised apart (at 4 a.m.) when the boys insisted it was definitely time for bed.
Then, before we knew it Monday arrived and it was time to take our leave, but not until Math had produced scrambled eggs and smoked salmon for our breakfast. We were all 'cream crackered' but we'd had a fantastic weekend (as always) and it was all over - well until next time!
Queenie battled through our weekend, in pain most of the time, but determined to enjoy every single minute - and we did! She'd had some really good news on Friday but I'll leave that for her to tell you. We're hoping that sometime this year we will do what we haven't been able to do for a long time - go out for a boogie - that's our ultimate aim and knowing Queenie if it's at all possible she will do it!
Thanks Queenie & Math (not forgetting Nat) for yet another super weekend. xxxx
(PS I'm on the waggon now for the rest of the week!)