Making a space for the fire pit in the rear courtyard for cooing paella

On a balmy Friday evening, the last in August, around 30 of us – guests, assistants and members – sat in the back courtyard around a small fire, then smoking coals, over which sat a 90cm (three foot) diameter pan attended to by Simon, Jack and Jeanetta. In it, paella with squid, prawns, mussels and chorizo simmered slowly. As it cooked, we ate finely cut slices of Jamón Ibérico, thick wedges of tortilla, salty padron peppers, tomato salad, almonds and olives.

Many hands made light work of preparation and later, the clearing up.

An evening of paella eating and cooking. View into rear courtyard from unit 7
Jeanetta and Jack making paella, rear courtyard, evening