It was our 23rd anniversary today. That's half my life now, but it doesn't seem like it. In many ways it seems like only yesterday, and that must be an indication of just how happy we've been. Happy events (great holidays, good movies, any time off work for any reason) just seem to fly by and that's what's happened here. And besides, I don't actually feel old enough to have been married that long!
We went to The Golden Lion in Osmotherley for lunch. It was fabulous. A proper country pub, with low ceilings, uneven floors and a real fire, in a village that still has hens wandering around it (above)!
It's a well known food pub, and the vegetarian choices are very good. I started with a goat's cheese and Mediterranean vegetable terrine, which was delicious, chalky-dry but flavoursome and tangy, followed by a vegetable risotto that was so rich and creamy I could feel my arteries thickening with each mouthful! Wife had Tomato Soup followed by Vegetable Shepherd's Pie topped with Goat's Cheese Mash (below).
This was to exactly the recipe that she makes her own to (one of Delia's, FYI) and this one was every bit as tasty as her own. It seemed strange to not be having it two days running (the one wife makes is so huge it does us two meals!).
We topped the day off with a walk around the village, tea (cup of) in the tea shop there and then home to watch Iron Man on DVD with the cat curled up on our laps.
A lovely day!