My lovely Chinese daughter-in-law, Poppy, has cooked up quite a feast to celebrate Chinese New Year.
A feast for the eyes - even the cat agrees, just as well he has very good table manners.
Lamb, pork, beef balls, tofu strips, spring onions, radish, potatoes, mushrooms, soy bean puff balls, bone soup, dipping sauces, peanut sauce...you get the idea.
A magnificent feast, one for sharing with family and friends.
Centre stage of it all was the 'hot pot' which cooked the meat in ten seconds, so it really was a hot pot.
Everything was so beautifully prepared and served with love and happiness.
I hope that this time next year will see a feast such as this being prepared and shared at Cowslip Cottage. Poppy and Miles are hoping to move back to England in the early autumn.
I can't begin to tell you how happy that makes us. The whole family is excited about it. Come to that, even the new neighbours are looking forward to meeting you both. We'll be looking forward to some feasts and celebrations then, Poppy.
Miles you are a lucky man!
Max and I are off to the pub tonight - quiz night, a special one to raise funds for charity. Wish us luck!