The party was actually very good, around a dozen neighbours including a couple we didn't know that well, so a good chance to get to know them better. We all played petanque first....refereed by J's (the neighbour who threw the party) partner, who plays for a club. Apparently our team won - more by luck than any skill as hardly any of us had played before, and didn't have a clue how the rules or order of play or even the scoring worked. Still, it didn't matter, it wasn't a competition and we all had a lot of fun.
J had laid on a lovely spread, a proper afternoon tea (she had it catered by Mr Sainsbury) - lots of different sandwiches, posh sausage rolls that were delicious, at least as good as homemade, several different cakes and of course scones, jam and clotted cream. Red or white wine, tea and coffee for those who didn't want alcohol (I had water! which is what I mostly drink anyway). J had set out several tables in the garden, she'd covered them with beautiful embroidered linen cloths and proper linen napkins that she's had for years, and a gorgeous bone china tea service that's also been in her family for years - she certainly does things in style.
We've had lots of lovely cards and presents - gorgeous flowers and pot plants, a large Yankee candle in a beautiful ruby glass, a ceramic candle melt pot with several really pretty and lovely smelling melty wax candles to go in it, a ceramic wall plaque painted with a blue tit and flowers, several presents of £40 (for 40 years) cash. Our artist neighbour who drew my fabulous portrait of Betty drew another picture for us, a pair of fox cubs, it's so detailed and lifelike, she's amazingly talented, I wish I could draw as well as her. We do have some wonderful kind and generous friends both here at home and at the caravan park, we're very lucky.
Back to the caravan this morning....I think we'll have a more restful week, all this gadding about over the past fortnight has been quite tiring!