Cee’s FFC: Fire

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week, is to “show off a few photos of the Chinese element of fire.”

The only photo I have of real fire, is this one which provided a very welcome bit of warmth when we went for dinner one evening in England to ‘The Barn at Alfold’. The Barn was built in 1590, and its wooden beams are all original, dating back to the days of the Spanish Armada. I wonder if the fireplace is the same age. Incredible to think of how many people must have basked in its warmth, including Ernest Hemingway, who frequented this establishment in the 1940′s, during the Second World War.


We’re all familiar with the sight of candles on a Birthday cake. Elyse managed to blow them all out at once.


At night, houses can look as though they are on fire, like these we saw in Savannah in December.


A true gold and orange sunset like this one over the Venice Lagoon, really makes the sky look all aflame, and that’s when I think the sun looks really hotter than hot, almost like molten lava.


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If you haven’t yet voted for my ‘Trump Tower’ photo in the Rodposse Photo Competition, you can see my entry here. Thanks so much to all of you who have already voted for me. I really appreciate your support. 🙂

Eating in a 16th century barn.

On Wednesday evening, hubby’s mom insisted on taking us out for dinner, so off we all went to ‘The Barn at Alfold’, in the next village down the road. This ‘Gastropub’, is one of our favourite places to eat when we are here. It dates back to 1590. and the original oak beams are believed to have been fashioned from timber taken from the ships of the Spanish Armada. Ernest Hemingway frequented this establishment in the 1940’s, during the second world war, and spent many an afternoon enjoying the ‘cream teas’ at ‘Gibbs Hatch’ as it was then called.

As we walked in out of the cold, there was a welcoming fire in the huge fireplace,

so we sat in its cosy warmth, and each had a glass of  my favourite Harvey’s Bristol Cream sherry before dinner.

Some interesting graffiti decorates the walls in the bar.

The food was as always, absolutely delicious. Hubby and MiL opted for the lamb shank in red wine jus, which was really flavourful, and so tender that it just fell off the bone.

My chicken breast with bacon and cheese, was very tasty indeed, and yes, I did eat every last morsel.

This place has a wonderful ambience, and the family who own the restaurant are really friendly and obliging. The owner’s wife does all the cooking herself, using farm fresh vegetables and locally sourced meat. She came out to our table to make sure that we were enjoying her food, and we, with our mouths full, just smiled and nodded. 🙂

It was a most enjoyable evening, and, as you can imagine, we never ran out of conversation for a minute.

Tonight, we’re going to a place called China Brasserie, a highly recommended restaurant close to where my sister-in-law lives. All this eating out is not highly recommended for the waistline, but I’m not complaining. 🙂

I wish you all a very pleasant weekend. We have more family arriving on Saturday, and on Sunday, are having a big family lunch. I have been nominated to make one of my famous cheesecakes for the occasion.