During June, our local Mayor hosted the annual fishing competition at his cattle rearing farm. He has a dam on the property, well stocked with trout and the locals enjoy the competition to see who can catch largest and the heaviest. Our neighbours invited us along to join them for the midday lunch, which was part of the proceedings. In the absence of any equipment (or affinity with the hobby!), we did not do any fishing, but we did watch what the others were up to.
The fishermen all trying their luck.
Aperitifs were freely available throughout the morning, and indeed necessary, as the weather was unseasonably cool!!
Above and below, weighing the fish to find the winner. Note the "state of the art" scales - from the 60's??? Looking at those serious faces, the glory of winning is obviously important!
The tables laid ready for lunch.
Starters, accompanied by plenty of bread and wine!!
Barbecued sardines with a baked potato for main course. Really great fresh food!!
I loved this idea of half a peach baked in a fish shape pastry for dessert. This was preceded by a cheese course, which somehow escaped the camera!!
It appears a good time was had by all, including ourselves, as the diners only left in the late afternoon!
P.S. The Black Redstart chicks have flown the nest; no sign of foul play, so I hope that all is well and that they lead long and happy lives.
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