The sun is shining as we stand in the hotel gardens, near the bowling green. It's a beautiful day, brighter and warmer than you would expect for late September. We have a few minutes to breathe before our friends and family surround us once again. Photographs are taken and everyone is smiling, especially at us.
Back inside, everyone picks up a drink and we mingle, talking to whoever we see. We sit down for the meal, L and me the centre of attention in the middle of top table. Between courses we wander around the tables, stopping to laugh and smile with people.