We planned this meal for Christmas 2020. Then we postponed it. Then we re-kindled it. Then we postponed it again. Then we fixed it for post-lockdown. Then we crossed our fingers that there wouldn’t be another postponement, despite the extension of lockdown. Luckily for us, and unbeknownst to me, landlord Tony had a cunning plan… a marquee in the garden that can seat 30 people as per the government’s maximum allowance.
It was perhaps a fingers-crossed-too-far to expect good weather, but at least it was dry as 15 couples arrived in 16 cars, 14 of them being Astons. Regardless, the full complement of 30 adults plus baby Hazel (with grandparents Anthony and Barbara King) arrived on time and indeed with enough time for mooching in the car park. What a delight to have real humans, looking at real cars in the fresh air. The Z word* wasn’t mentioned once!
Charles and Linda Scott even managed to arrive with the DB7 Vantage Volante top down. They soon put it up again as the forecast was not good. The forecast became reality as the rain fell steadily from the arrival of the starters and was pouring by the time the roast beef arrived. It mattered not. By then the conversation was flowing as was the wine for the non-drivers.