However - it was truly special.
The only problem was all the decorations, as you can see -
Tim & Claire arrived about an hour after I did ... and then it was lunchtime. Just before we started eating Brenda commented how lovely it was to all be together. I think the Pandemic worked in my favour, as well all enjoyed actually being together ... it was over 2 years since that had happened, and 18 months since I had seen them.
Both Nick & Brenda are great cooks, so the food was as lovely as the company -
After lunch all but Nick, and Joe went for a walk. It was warmish, but dry (the rain just started as we got back home). We were out for about an hour, and it was lovely for all of us, although Ollie managed to lose his ball!
Once back it was time for cake. Andrew's fiancee Jess made a lovely lemon cake
After that Nick had done a wordsearch of 40 words about me ... trouble was he hadn't said what the words were to make it a challenge. Put it this way, I only found 30 of them. He had a couple of dogs, one of my horses, a few hobbies ... and James' name, to list a few.
Then it was tea time - Chicken Lasagne, baked potatoes etc, followed by cheesecake and strawberries ... more yum. After tea I had my phot taken with everyone, which was nice.
Tim (L) and Nick (R), my baby brothers
Claire (L) and Brenda (R)
Andrew, Dan, Tom & Joe
After that Brenda had asked me to take a few photos from over the years, and we all had some laughs .... especially Jess & Meghan (Dan's girlfriend) of the boys at my 40th & 50th birthdays.
The we had another quiz ... complete with 60 questions. Brenda & I won as we got 20! Some of them were either/or answers, and most guessed wrong!
By now it was about 11, so T&C headed off to their B&B, and the rest of us headed for bed. Andrew had donated his bed even though I said he didn't need to. So by now I was over-tired, but still couldn't sleep as the adrenalin was still running!
Still, Sunday came ... and Brenda, Andrew, Jess & I went to Church (Nick stayed at home to see on You Tube) and we met Tim & Claire there.It was so lovely to actually go to Church - 15 months since my last time, as it's normally on You Tube for us.
Then back home for Sunday lunch ... roast lamb. It was just the 9 of us, and lots of chat ... mostly teasing Andrew about the upcoming wedding plans.
As the meal finished I decided I needed to head home as I was really tired, and knew I had a journey in rain to do. So we left Nick to the rest of Father's Day and the 3 of us headed home ... arriving here about 5 pm.
A truly special weekend.