we had dear friends and their two gorgeous girls over for supper last night. these are our friends who recently completed the 2010 Marathon des Sables. they showed us some videos which included a lot of sand, sweat, some tents, not that much food, and a bit of ad hoc foot surgery. truly incredible (the 6 marathons in 6 days including one 91km run with NO breaks, not the surgery). they are quite the inspiration and what they achieved is something truly impressive. i asked if they'd ever had a moment of "oh sod this, forget it" and they both looked at me as though i was mad. i suppose one needs to have that kind of determination to undertake an event such as this. and i thought Iron Man was tough. their next bit of fun will be the Death Valley race. nice.

G roasted two chickens--one sufficed but i am sure Flor isn't complaining about having a whole chicken to herself for her next 10 suppers. we were so stuffed we didn't have room for salad let alone pudding (good thing as i hadn't made one!).