One up, one down - Ambleside, Cumbria, England. This is Bridge House which stands over Stock Beck in the middle of Ambleside. A 17th century survivor, it has had many practical uses over the decades, a counting house, a tea room, a weaving shop, a cobblers, a chair makers, and at one time a home for eight people! The mind boggles!
Halloumi with Chilli from Nigella Lawson's Nigella Bites cookbook. This delicious vegetarian recipe can be grilled on the barbecue or simply fried in a pan. This is the sort of food that you can sit on the table for people idly to eat as they stand around, drink in hand. It looks beautiful, too, which is always an aid to proceedings.