Although the weather started hot, as it had been for many weeks of uninterrupted sunshine, shortly after we started to eat our delicious burgers, it started to rain.
The rain was much heavier than last year, when we had to shelter from showers, and we abandoned the gazebos, and retreated indoors, filling Simon and Sarah’s flat to capacity. The chefs soldiered on under difficult conditions, and we enjoyed our meals, in rather cosy conditions.
Simon and Sarah made us very welcome at their barbecue, with tasty burgers, sausages, chicken, vegetarian sausages etc, as well as snacks, salads and drinks. Simon had put up two gazebos, and had an array of chairs, and some folding tables, as well as stringing lights round the garden to illuminate the scene as darkness fell.
As we are now into the holiday season quite a few people were away, but the 16 who were there enjoyed getting together to eat and chat.
This is towards the end when the remains of the food, and the grill have been packed away, but before the flurry of activity which sees gazebos, folding chairs and all the other essentials of an outdoor event packed neatly and stored, TARDIS-like in Simon’s shed.
Oxford Phab is now on a summer break, but we look forward to getting together again in September.
Oxy Oriental do a very varied buffet at the Kassam, and had reserved a large area near the buffet for us, which we needed as there were about 30 of us there. Unfortunately I was too busy chatting and eating to take a picture until very near the end. Since not all of our group had been able to go to Avon Tyrrell there was a lot of catching up to do.
There were quizzes on Flags, People, and Streets of Oxford, as well as games for all ages
After the quizzes we had a plentiful supper, some singing and then a barn dance, before it was time to go home. A huge thank you to the congregation of Cowley Road Methodist Church for making us so welcome.