1. It has been a tough meal, though the food and company could not have been better. Alec was not happy with his food and unusually for him found it hard to sit still. It is such a relief to come out into the sunshine.
2. Butternut squash soup -- it almost makes itself and it always turns out well.
3. At the end of the meal, to sit at the head of the table and cut up a couple of pears for Nick and Alec to pick at.