Is finally over! It went very well in the end, though some people were taken suddenly ill in the night as a result of the mountain of wine and beer bottles that were emptied!
We spent all afternoon and half of the evening sitting in the garden (no photos because I don't believe in posting photos of unwitting family members and they still don't know about this blog). We were very lucky with the weather - it wasn't sunny - nor was it baking hot though, which is good - but we only had one shower, very light, lasting maybe 10 minutes in total. Not bad for a barbecue planned back in May for an August weekend in Wales! We had 3 barbecues set up, which heated up at different rates (all charcoal) so the food arrived a bit at a time for several hours.
Because of the delay in cooking the burgers and sausages disappeared before the camera could even switch on ;-). The chicken skewers arrived last, and no-one wanted more meat by then, but the men of the family managed to eat them for supper so they didn't go to waste.
This was accompanied by a mixed green salad (thanks MIL!), coleslaw, and some lovely rolls (thanks Mum!) and followed by several dessert options - lemon meringue pie and tarte au citron courtesy of my father's wife, summer pudding made by me, and a fruit salad for my picky brother provided by Nature's Best in a pot!
People collapsed into bed late or fell asleep on sofas and chairs, and no-one got up very early this morning (apart from me - my body seems incapable of sleeping past 4 am these days.) I had loads of goodies for breakfast including a loaf of raisin bread and one of peanut-butter-raisin bread baked by myself last weekend, but everyone picked very plain options - seeded bagels and wholemeal muffins so they ended up with doggy bags of baked goodies!!! I've almost finished all the desserts off today - I slept so little that I craved sugar all morning, even after making myself feel ill in the beginning. Still, I didn't expect anything good of this weekend diet-wise, so I'll try to hoist myself heavily back on the wagon tomorrow morning. At the moment I never want to eat again, but I know how long that's going to last...