Those that have read here before will know that we are a rugby supporting family and at the moment we are on a Rugby World Cup tour.
It's called the RWC Stay at Home tour...
The Rugby World Cup is currently being held in New Zealand and to cut a long story short - for a variety of reasons the plans to actually get there to watch some of the matches just didn't happen. This was also a case for others that we knew so one person had the ingenious idea of creating a 'stay at home' tour.
This means that each couple involved will host an Australian match in their home. The hosts provide food and drink associated with the countries playing and we all gather to watch the game.
Yesterday we 'toured 'to watch Australia v Italy and during the game we snacked on pizza, followed by a delicious meal of lasagna together with some Prosecco sparkling wine and some robust reds.
Our hosts had decorated their place with appropriately coloured balloons and images of Italy and have really set the standard now!
Neil had his England jersey on and Sibs had her New Zealand one and everyone else apart from me had an Australian Wallabies jersey.... I must find a Welsh one quick!
In the absence of a Welsh jersey I have Taffy. Taffy has been around for a while. He was won in a 10 pence raffle when I was a little girl many moons ago. He's done a bit of travelling, even coming away to University with me twice! He moved with me to England and somehow got relegated to a life in the attic for a while..
When Sibs came along he was rescued and given a bit of a clean and became a family member again. He now lives in the playroom and occasionally gets dressed up (when he is affecionately referred to as Taffelina!) and on rugby days when Wales are playing he is allowed downstairs to sit on the sofa to cheer on his home nation!
He sat on the sofa last night and cursed cheered on as Wales almost beat South Africa...and like me he was rather subdued for a little while after the final whistle...
So if we can't get to the 2011 Rugby World Cup, the event is definitely coming to us.
Our house is hosting Australia v USA so I'll be thinking up some American style cuisine and decor. Should be fun.
Just on another note, the work outside is almost done and the painter will be here next week to finish off - can't wait. No more dust.... : )