And we had friends around for dinner - just two of them, as the rules state no more than 10 may gather together at the moment, while we wait and see if our low infection rates continue with more and closer contact.
So Simon and Jane came for dinner. There was lots to catch up on and it was hard to resist the automatic urge to have hugs all round - we did resist though, and did elbow bumps instead. Amazing how warm and friendly an elbow bump can seem when hugs are not allowed!
Dinner was yummy!
We had beetroot and carrot salad (courtesy of David), a green salad, a kumara and orange salad with bacon and toasted slivered almonds, and a filo quiche thing made with sauteed onion, silverbeet (swiss chard to UK people), smoked fish, salmon, parmesan, eggs and cream with tasty cheese grated on top. It was all extremely yum.
Dessert was poached pears (a Jamie Oliver recipe that I adapted slightly - 3/4 of the sugar stated, probably about 1/4 cup chardonnay added to the syrup, and the syrup quoted for 2 pears/2 people was plenty for 4 with some left over awaiting the next guests on Monday).
I had declared that filo was too much faffing about, but it tasted so good I will have to keep using it, I think. There is enough left over for David and I to have it for tomorrow's lunch. I may even be able to do another pear each ...
By the way, we are not going to be exercising much of the new-found freedoms that come with Level 2 until we see how the infection levels pan out. We have had several days in the last week where there have been no new cases, and the Director General of Health is fairly confident we have no hidden cases waiting to pop up. But the counsel is to be careful, so as I noted above, we will be - waiting and seeing are the watch-words.