Yesterday evening’s meal at Lal Quilla was a real treat. It really was rather crowded, but there was enough room for social distancing to be maintained. We were greeted as old friends by Raj, the manager, like his staff sporting a mask. After the long lockdown we had imagined that there would be a new staff group, but at least one of the old team recognised us, although, as I said to him, we could not recognise him behind his face covering. Despite how busy they were, they all remained both friendly and efficient.

The food was, if anything, even better than usual. My naga lamb was lean and tender with hot and complex flavours; Jackie enjoyed her butter chicken; and we shared an egg paratha, mushroom rice, and sag bhaji. Unfortunately the staff couldn’t get the draft Kingfisher to work, so we both drank bottled Cobra.

Between occasional peeking of the sun we experienced regular rain showers. Like most of us, Félicité Perpétue has been unable to attend the hairdressers for some months, and was

in need of a good cut

During the drier spells I tried my hand at trichology and administered a trim. Chopped up for adding to the compost I filled two barrowloads and transported them to the bin. There is still much to be done, and at least I can get into the car now.

Jackie carried out a similar exercise in the Rose Garden.

This evening we dined on juicy fillet steak; fried onions, mushrooms and tomatoes; boiled new potatoes; firm carrots and cauliflower, with tasty gravy. Jackie drank Hoegaarden and I drank more of the Chateauneuf du Pape.


  1. I’m glad you had such a pleasant and delicious meal. I love the photo of Jackie in the garden. It almost looks 3D–the flowers appear to be smiling with her.

  2. Jackie always has a lovely smile on her face-you seem like a sweet couple- and I love the garden paths and arbor.?

  3. I’m happy to hear you had a nice meal, Derrick. My Derek is still doing all of our cooking…good thing because we would starve if I was in charge. 🙂 Great shot of Jackie! She’s looking quite mischievous!

  4. What a worthwhile trim … and local restaurant fare. ? Love that you can start to get back into your gastronomic regimens. We haven’t ventured out for dining, but drive for curbside pickup from our favorite places.

  5. She must have been relieved, Félicité Perpétue, at the prompt attention received from you. The overgrowth had given her a haggard, bewildered look.

  6. Keeping things trimmed this time of year is an uphill battle for those of us with abundant greenery. It’s so nice to be a recognized regular at a good restaurant. Our favorite Asian and Indian restaurants are like that. I’m glad you enjoyed dining out.

  7. I learned earlier in life that trichophobia is the fear of hair….so I knew what trichology is all about. 😀 Love the before the hair cut and the after the hair cut photos! Good barbering! 😉

    Glad you all got time out together with a delicious meal, too!
    HUGS!!! 🙂

  8. Jackie looks happy and lovely in her garden. Beautiful photos Derrick.can you believe summer is almost over? This year as gone rather quickly it seems.
    I have been trying to go out and eat at restaurants that love to support them.

  9. I learned a new “ology” here, Derrick. Thank you! 🙂

    I am glad you and Jackie had a wonderful dinner out. It sounds like the sort of restaurant Rick and I would love to go to. 🙂

    1. I’m sure it is, Lavinia. There are a number of good Indian restaurants around. This is in our view the best. I’m pleased to and to your lexicon. 🙂 Thanks very much.

  10. I do love a good Indian and we haven’t been to our favourite Indian restaurant since early this year because of Covid-19. We have had a couple of takeaways and the occasional curry at home, but it’s never quite the same is it.

  11. sounds like a delicious evening meal, Derrick! how lovely to support your local restaurants. that was a lot of work for you and Jackie as summer winds down. 🙂

  12. WE had our first Indian takeaway since lockdown and found it wasn’t as good as some of the ones we’ve been cooking ourselves. Glad your experience was good. I’m being forced to be sociable next week and am not looking forward to it – apart from being dubious about a second peak I have really enjoyed my hermit-like existence of the last few months.

  13. Interesting to read about your restaurant experience. At the café where I meet my crafting friends, the staff don’t generally wear masks.

  14. Oh so funny, the bush is in need of a trim like all of us. I haven’t had a cut since February and I feel grateful that I can just pull it back into a ponytail and it looks absolutely acceptable. I really really want to go back and visit my hairdresser though. Love to hear a favourite restaurant has opened up. I am finding that the staff and cooks seem very happy to be open again, no matter what the conditions required. Since March I’ve been tipping more generously than I ever have, because I’m so worried about the restaurant owners and their staff.

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