I had a bad feeling that it wasn't going quite right. I had allowed 8 hours for cooking, but for about the first half of that time I had real trouble maintaining a decent amount of heat.
I would blame the charcoal if I was the sort of person to blame his tools.
Eventually I felt that the heat was up where it should have been, but was it too late?
By the time people started to arrive I thought I might have pulled it off, but no, it wasn't quite there. Another hour and it would have been great. In the end I sliced it and then gave it another blast on the re-stoked coals, finishing the cooking but losing all of those wonderful juices in the process :-(
It was OK, but certainly not as planned (and certainly not worth photographs). Next time I will not have a planned time for eating - I will cook it until it is done.
But it did not ruin things - we had a nice little family party - celebrating what would have been my first daughter's 25th birthday - complete with the ritual balloon releasing which we do every year. Wonder if this one will cause a UFO alert?
(For new readers, a couple of years ago the British government released details of UFO alerts - one of these was at a nearby airport just after one of our balloon releases. We guessed it was the huge metallic blue dolphin that caused a blip on the radar system...)
Hope you had a great weekend!