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31 December 2004

We spent the last day of this year in greater Manchester, with our hopefully soon-to-be-more-than-annual visit to sioneva. It's not far down the road from Preston in the scheme of things, although the trip was slightly longer than necessary on both ends because going there, the right exit was engulfed in roadworks and coming back, C. couldn't remember quite what to do once we'd left the motorway. We finally got to meet targaff, and all four of us went to a very pleasant restaurant in Chorlton named Lead Station. Even better, they had very tasty food. I had a delectable eggs florentine, sioneva opted for eggs benedict, and C. and targaff both went for the Cajun chicken salad. Their ginger beer was a little odd, but pleasantly medicinal on my still-not-quite-recovered throat. To finish, there were profiteroles, sticky toffee pudding, and a lovely, light "Eton Mess", an elegantly squashed lump of whipped cream, broken meringue, and strawberries.

Back in Preston, it's the quiet before the storm. The kitchen has been a storm of productivity in our absence. The table is laden with canapes, quiches, mince pies, trifle, rice salad, pasta salad, green salad, fruit salad, cheese straws... and I'm probably missing again as many nibbling options for tonight's New Year's party.

I feel as if I was just settling in to 2004, just getting used to it, finally remembering to write the year correctly on forms, and here it is, trailing to an end already. I hope you're all doing well, wherever you are, whatever you're doing, wherever you're going.

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chickenfeet2003
Dec. 31st, 2004 06:30 pm (UTC)
They have restaurants in Chorlton? Ecky thump!
owlfish
Dec. 31st, 2004 07:01 pm (UTC)
And apparently it's a favorite of a Badly Drawn Boy bandmember too.
sioneva
Jan. 1st, 2005 09:09 am (UTC)
My SIL says she's seen him in Lead Station, in fact.

It was a great visit--I was alternately worried that I was rambling on or being too quiet, but we had a lovely time! Thanks for stopping by!
owlfish
Jan. 1st, 2005 06:41 pm (UTC)
It really was a good visit! You were perfectly congenial, not too talkative or too quiet at all. I don't think you could have been too talkative, when we had a great deal to catch up on! It was really good to finally meet targaff too!
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owlfish
Jan. 1st, 2005 06:42 pm (UTC)
Happy new year to you too!
saffronjan
Dec. 31st, 2004 09:11 pm (UTC)
WIshes
I would wish you a happy New Year, but it seems like you have a happy new year already on the docket. You're one step ahead of me!

Your plants miss you.
owlfish
Jan. 1st, 2005 06:42 pm (UTC)
Re: WIshes
Eeek! I don't want my plants pining away! Make the sun shine more!

Happy new year! Mine's a little more worn out than yours already, but still fairly new.
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