An Unexpected Journey

We’re just back from the Belgian Grand Prix and had a fantastic time. The unexpected part wasn’t the journey but the weather. We’re usually treated to four seasons in one day, mainly the rainy seasons, but this year we had sunshine all the time we were at the circuit.

We were lucky enough to be babysitting F1 Papa Smurf for the weekend and he certainly managed to lead us astray (not that we need much leading, admittedly!!). Friday was spent in the F1 Village at the bottom of Eau Rouge; the most awesome corner in the world, which still blows my mind every time I look at it. On Saturday we’d been offered a deal on some hospitality tickets which was too good to pass up, so spent the day being fed and watered and seeing the action up close. Sunday we were back in general admission and found a good spot outside a bar in the sunshine.

We booked a campsite with pre-erected tents, which was much more preferable to putting up and taking down our own tent at the beginning and end of the weekend, and which had live music and a disco on site and were even treated to a performance by Eddie Jordan’s band as part of the weekend’s entertainment.

Of course, being Belgium, the weather couldn’t stay perfect all the time, and as we returned to our campsite on Sunday evening, the heavens opened. This of course meant that leaving the various campsites and car parks was not without its challenges. Glad I packed the walking boots!!

So now it’s back to the kitchen. Days off are now a premium as we head into the Christmas phase and evenings off become rarer. In the past I’ve dreamed that I was making chocolates, which is slightly disappointing when I wake up and have nothing to show for it!!

Hilary Delamare

Choctails® was founded by husband and wife team Simon and Hilary Delamare. Simon's suggestion of putting cocktail flavours into chocolate took Hilary's chocolate-making hobby to new heights, until in May 2012, the decision was made to turn the hobby into a full time business. The domestic kitchen became a production factory by day, and the dining room was given up to become a place where hand-made chocolate is crafted

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