Patra's Other Place

I started out with Patra's Place, primarily dedicated to my linen collection and stitching projects. But I kept getting side-tracked, so I decided to create Patra's Other Place for anything not related to embroidery topics. So you now have a choice. If you are interested in me, read this. If you only want to see my linen and stitching, visit Patra's (original) Place! (Please note that by clicking on any of the photos, they will be enlarged to fill your computer screen.)

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Location: Melbourne, Vic., Australia

I am married to Ken. We have no children except a cat and a collection of Australian parrots, finches, canaries and a dozen hens.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

We have such beaut friends!

Wanting to keep Ken occupied as much as possible so he won't brood too much, I have decided to have people over here as often as they will come, or alternatively go out - instead of the two of us sitting at home like stuffed owls. I started off this weekend by inviting Sharon and Pete over for dinner on Saturday evening, as Sharon is a barrel of laughs, and Pete is a great conversationalist. Being such a voracious reader, he has well informed opinions on just about anything, and can be very witty at times. Another friend called me in the afternoon to invite us to her place for dinner, and I said we couldn't, but why not come here? So Helen and Ray were added to our little party, and what a party it was! The six of us got on very well - girls in the kitchen and guys in the lounge room at first, while we caught up on all the gossip. Dinner consisted of salads, as it had been a rather hot day.
*Prawn, mango and avocado salad
*Tomato, onion and cucumber salad
*Mixed cold meats, hard boiled eggs, and beetroot.
A nice bottle of Chardonnay for three of us, and soft drink for the others who don't drink alcohol.
For dessert I made Strawberry & Sour Cream Friands, served with cream or ice cream.
Followed by a cup of tea and various nibbles, while we watched a new DVD - the remake of "Flight Of The Phoenix". Lots of action and loud noises...I think they enjoyed it, but some people say that to be polite, while they walk out the door shaking their heads to clear their eardrums!!


Blogger Sharon said...

P and I enjoyed ourselves immensely G - as we said it was like going out on a date for us... I realised how much I have missed having a group of friends to socialise with... This WILL be the start to MORE of these sorts of things... Like H and R they seem good fun... Sorry we shot off as I was concious of the time re going to work today... Tell K the movie was fun and the sound was all part of it... I was brushing sand out of my hair all night... Thanks again for a beaut evening....

Sunday, 06 November, 2005  
Blogger ms*robyn said...

I love it when friends get together - you are all blessed to have such good friends !!
I am a red wine gal myself ;)

Sunday, 06 November, 2005  
Blogger Maggie Ann said...

Gina, you sound like a wonderful cook and then some! I'll bet your husband is proud of you.

Sunday, 06 November, 2005  
Blogger Suse said...

That menu sounds delish!

Sunday, 06 November, 2005  
Blogger Gina E. said...

Sharon: I am pleased you two enjoyed our evening, and thank you for the envelope you left (found it in the kitchen this morning).
Ms Robyn: I like red wine too, but with salad on a hot night, chilled white wine seemed just right.
Maggie Ann and Suse: Thank you for your compliments; salads don't take a lot of preparation, lol! And those strawberry friands were quite easy, and quite delish!!

Monday, 07 November, 2005  
Blogger Peggy said...

gina, wish we lived closer to each other as I would love to taste your salads and enjoy a cup of tea or glass of wine with you. Oh well next time you entertain just imagine me sitting there watching the movie and enjoying the nibbles!!

Monday, 07 November, 2005  
Blogger ms*robyn said...

yep,white wine is great on hot days but I slightly chill my red, add two chinks of ice ( yes,I know .....tut, tut) and I enjoy it that way. I would be shot, I guess, if I said that to a true wine buff..but hey - there aren't any rules are there?

Monday, 07 November, 2005  

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