His brother and sister plus partners were there too, and we all stayed in The Rose and Crown Hotel. The building dates from the 14th century and used to be an old post house. I liked it a lot although the rooms were very small - understandable given the age of the building.
We went out for a curry before heading out from drinks in Colchester city centre. All the Essex girls were out in their hotpants and Mr K-E was most appreciative!
On Sunday, we had a leisurely breakfast in Cafe Rouge before trying to find his Aunt's place. Many phone calls later, we all managed to gather for a late summer lunch in her garden.
You can see my plate in the first photo. Clockwise from the top, I had : mozzarella and tomato salad, roast chicken, poached salmon with hollandaise sauce, coleslaw and potato salad. Mr K-E's Aunt had poached a whole salmon (yum) and roasted a few chickens. There was also other food, but I was still full from our late breakfast.
Mr K-E says: I don't think you should post photos of half-eaten plates of food on your blog. But I think these photos show the general atmosphere at the lunch: a simple summer buffet, close family, eating outdoors...
The pudding selection: meringues, strawberries, chocolate torte, pistachio and cherry chocolate slices.
Strawberries, meringue and cream. Washed down with champagne to toast a birthday. *licks lips*