Saturday was the big day. 70 odd people, the entire BBQ house rented for the day, spreading out on to the lawns, 20 kilos of meat, 13 three packs of yakisoba, enough wieners to cater a hot dog eating contest, 8 BBQ grills, two boxes of charcoal and three mini blow torches.
I'm not bragging but I could teach the locals a thing or two about barbecuing.
I mean the everyone-stands-around-with-a-paper-fan-blowing-on-a-smoking-pile-of-charcoal-and-no-kindling thing is one option. A novel approach if you will. But in big-time apple country you would think we'd be able to scrounge up a handful of kindling from somewhere huh? Maybe even avoid using that chemical firelighting gel minutes before we throw the meat on the very same pile of smoking chemicals?
I really think there's a book in there, somewhere. 'Darling can light a fire' or something, huh?
Anyway, it was a six hour affair, the kids had a ball running wild and unfettered throughout the park and playing in the diverted creek while the adults sat around talking and blowing on the bbqs and talking and comparing brands of non-alcoholic beer.
I thought we'd got the reunion thing out of our systems but nope- we had so much fun that talk of a June reunion is already doing the rounds.
I'm bringing some firewood next time.