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4th of July Picnic - on the 6th

So today was our annual "4th of July Picnic" held on the closest Saturday to the 4th. As usual we invited lots of friends over and had the grill on doing burgers and sausages for most of the day.

Grass and bench in foreground. Patio in background with tables chairs and a green shelter.
Patio's ready
Grass and bench in foreground. Patio in background with tables chairs and a green shelter.
Patio's ready
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An addition this year was a shelter we bought after visitingq the Royal Highland Show. It wasn't really tested this year but should help our "rain or shine" attitude.

Outside grill with patio and green shelter in background.
Grill's ready
Outside grill with patio and green shelter in background.
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In the past, we have provided burgers, buns and condiments. Everyone else was asked to bring sides, drinks and anything else that they wanted to put on the grill. The first year we just bought supermarket burgers and the grease trough of the grill was filled several times. The following years we sourced our burgers from a local butcher and the meat was much leaner, with very little fat dripping into the grill.

This year we warned folk that we would be providing plant based burgers and food, though they were welcome to provide their own. As a result I think more folk brought their own burgers than previously thought I am not sure for certain. What I am sure of is that the meat free burgers had no fat dripping, but all the meat was very drippy. It was obvious when meat was getting cooked.

Beyond the food, it was nice to see our friends over and to catch up with them. The kids seemed to have lots of fun as well.

Fridge with notice stating iced tea, cooled water and cola drinks. Help yourselves.
Drinks are ready
Fridge with notice stating iced tea, cooled water and cola drinks. Help yourselves.
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