Next puzzle party: Allard Walker’s. I wrote earlier that Allard had contacted me early on and invited me to stay with him. Around a month ago, he sent out an email to the people of MPP to invite them to a BBQ. The occasion? My being in England! Now how’s that for making a girl feel welcome?
Allard arrived to pick me up at the campus at 9 as prearranged. Now Rox was supposed to be waiting in the lobby for him. No such luck. Dumb girl slept through the alarm and 3 phone calls. In my defense though, I was pulled off the roof of the building by the campus police only 2 hours earlier-did you know you can see stars in the Midlands?
When I finally answered the door, Allard was a gent. He laughed at my story and gave me 5 minutes to pack up and meet him. Dumb bum forgot her travel adapters and had to buy more. Not a big deal in the greater scheme of things. We headed back to Allards and had just enough time to dump my bag before the guests started to arrive.
I’m a bad bad girl and can’t remember all names. I do remember the faces and the laughs though. I loved every minute of the day. First in was Chris, and then came Oli, Russell, Steve, Nigel, Ali, and uhoh….I forgot. Sorry love-your beard was great though. I’m crap at this.
We started puzzling and playing and chatting. Allard set up the grill and got his burn on. I loved it! Well, no, he didn’t burn anything really. But the tease was worth it. Steaks, sausage, lamb…Gill made some potatoes and a salad so there was some green with all that protein.
As always, you don’t want the food so on to the puzzles.
I saw a purple Revomaze, the Mercury, and a few other metal ones. A bunch of wooden boxes came out and we got full into puzzling. I brought down the Berrocal’s I had with me and took them apart for people to play with.
Somewhere along the way I picked up a splinter from Allard's deck. Happily it has now worked its way out so I can walk easily again.
We carried on puzzling until around 6 and a few people drifted off. Gillkindly heated up the left over meat and we had a nice bite to eat before puzzling somemore. The last people left around 10 and I was a terrible guest. I said I was tired and wanted sleep.
The next morning Allard took the day off to drive me back to the airport. Before we left though, there was a lot of puzzling to be done. We carried on until 11 and then we had to take off. I think I managed to open another 3 or 4 puzzle boxes. Allard very kindly opened the Stickman Chess set so I could have a look at the mechanism. I managed to not break any puzzles and this time I left none unsolved.
Like the last time, it was a wonderful visit.