We went out for a meal tonight to celebrate our son’s birthday. What a joy to be able to go out as a complete family unit! As everyone knows, children grow up and go their various ways, so it is not always easy to get everyone around the table at the same time. Thus, I am really thankful that we were able to spend time together tonight.
The birthday boy chose the place he wanted to go for his birthday meal. It was the Eagle and Child in Staveley. It is an old-fashioned pub in a small Lakeland village, and is a convenient 7 minutes’ drive from our B&B. It is also a dog-friendly pub, so Zack was able to accompany us. However, he only stayed with us until the starters arrived, and then Hubby put him back in the car.
As usual, the food was excellent at the inn. The men in the family all had starters and mains, but I chose only a main course. It is always the same dish for me: fish and chips. I eat half of it, and then pack up the other half to share with Zack when we get home. I had been tempted this time to choose a different dish, but then Zack’s large melting eyes reminded me that he is family too. The other main course I was interested in was fettucini with a creamy sauce, which I thought might prove a tad difficult to wrap up and take home for the dog; so, fish and chips it was.
Whilst at the Eagle and Child, we met a waitress who also works as a dog groomer. I asked how much it would cost to groom our hairy beast. Hold on to your hats! It’s £60 per session. I hadn’t appreciated how expensive grooming could be, but our younger son helpfully explained that if a lady went into a hairdressing salon to get her hair done, it would cost as much. Well, I have a secret to tell: it costs a third less than £60 to get a wash, cut and blow-dry for me!
The next birthday to come along in our family will be Hubby’s. I am hopeful that the boys will be home for us to celebrate this birthday together then as well. If so, perhaps Hubby will choose a different place to go to for his birthday meal. Secretly, I am hoping that it might be The Pheasant in Bassenthwaite, although it is a 45-minute drive north from our place!
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