Afternoon all, I'm in recovery mode here today. We had a family get together here over the weekend to celebrate a joint birthday. It gave us the opportunity to christen our new entertainment area and I have to say we were all pretty happy with it. My hubby and Dad worked very hard outside to put up a tarp over the area so we wouldn't get sunned or rained on. Shade cloth was put up around the lattice to help buffer the ever present wind.
We got our outdoor setting out of the shed and put back together - it was like welcoming home an old friend. It is an 8 seater so just enough space for us all. Then the boys put up a nice big fluoro and fairy lights as well as fitted out our BBQ with a rotisserie for the dinner to be cooked.
Here is the set up from ground level. That box in the background near the lattice is our smoker/pizza oven. Check out the enormous bug zapper on the plant stand to the right.
The next pic shows the setup from on the verandah. That's the tarp above and the 'cosy corner' with the shade clothed lattice. It is amazing how much of the wind is cut out using this combination.
Later on, as the weather warms up further we will move the table back to the left and our pool. Most years we buy one of these pools which lasts us the summer before it get used as a rainproof cover for something. They come complete with pump and filters etc. They are perfect for sitting in with a cool drink on a hot afternoon and our granddaughter loves it when she visits us.
Hubby's kids (30 and 25) spent a good deal of time on Saturday night planning their Christmas cooking extravaganza. They seem to love coming out here and getting creative in the kitchen; most of the time I evacuate and do something to entertain myself and then roll up when its time to eat. Things always taste better when you haven't had to cook them yourself I reckon.
We had roast chooks and a shoulder of pork done on the rotisserie which was fantastic; and potato bake, pasta bake, roasted mixed vegies including some of my own carrots (hurrah success!). For dessert we had Outback Tania's Apple Roly Poly and cheesecake followed by a white chocolate mud birthday cake.
A couple of my carrots that appear to be 'in lurve'.
So, I'm slogging my way through Mt Washmore and otherwise taking it slow today. Hope everyone else is having an easy day too.