Saturday was the Worldcon 2005 open meeting at the Dead Nurse. No surprises there, it was full (well, 2/3 empty, really) of the usual suspects. Mary and I won the quiz, and lovely Worldcon T-shirts through forcing the audience to do charades. They kept us laughing, and confused Vince and AAA enough to give the dynamic duo a convincing win - despite failing on the fandom questions. (Memo to self - answer "Walt Willis" to all fanzine questions and "Adelphi" to all con questions...)
Sunday was Mary's birthday. We drove down to Brighton for the afternoon. the weather was lovely, and the bluebell woods in Surrey and Sussex were beautiful. I took a somewhat circuitous route, avoiding motorways and finding "scenic" roads where ever possible. Brighton was its usual self - crowded and hot. We sat on the beach and threw stones at the waves, drinking iced teas. The traffic was dire, so the route home was circuitous but with added scenery points - especially thanks to the light evening. The view from the top of the South Downs was spectacular, as was the A27 down to Arundel Castle.
We ended the day with dinner at our local North African restaurant. It does the most amazing (and filling) couscous and tagines. And the most unusual North African wines to go with them. Last night we decided to try Algerian, a rather smooth and flavoursome red that went well with softly spiced lamb. Mmmmm.