Winning isn’t everything….but it sure is nice!

Today’s post is brought to you by the glorious sport that is lawn bowls. I’d given it a go and joined my work’s lawn bowls team, to compete in a corporate games event. Saturday was our competition and we won!

A very reflective trophy

We rotated players on the team, so I played in two of the group games. The team then went all the way through to a very tense final, and won by two points.

It was drizzling on and off throughout the day, but it finally came bucketing down during the final, adding to the drama! We had a good team, especially our skip (captain) who’s a regular player. I was by no means brilliant, but I like to think I contributed to the team overall, and I had a great time at the practices and the competition. It’s definitely something I’d consider taking up at some point. Or least going along again for next year’s event!

Later that evening I went round to a friend’s and we made ice cream in her little ice cream maker. I was very excited about trying this out, but I didn’t quite realise how long it took to make, not least having to chill the bowl of the machine in the freezer for 24 hours beforehand! So we did mixing, whisking, warming, and chocolate grating; I thought the grated chocolate looked like a pretty pile of confetti.

Chocolate confetti

At some points in the recipe it said “Chill”. So we went and sat down with a glass of wine and episodes of Fawlty Towers. Then it was time to switch on the machine and start churning. This part is rather like whipping cream…nothing seems to be happening and you think this is going nowhere, until it suddenly turns a point and thickens up beautifully! After more churning and another episode of Fawlty Towers, we ended up with coffee and chocolate ice cream – rather sludgy looking but very yum! The coffee was a little strong, probably because we didn’t have proper spoon measures and just went for ‘3 tablespoons’ with a regular spoon…but it made for good eating, and was great fun to make!

A good reward for sporting achievement 🙂

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