25 December 2007

Xmas at 'Goodwood'

Matti explains 'Christingle'

I cooked for Xmas Eve
(had to borrow casserole dish from Peter "yes, I was given this 10 years ago, hav'n't used it yet" next door

#1 Xmas Present 2007

24 December 2007

We went to Wagamama - this year we graduated up to 'Number 42'

(see also... here)

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15 December 2007

Wedding Blessing for Cousin Deb and David Knowlton - photos are here

08 December 2007

Extreme Close-Up (This is the inside of my left eye, photo taken
during eyetest...)
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21 November 2007

I went over to Cambridge - to talk chocolate with Year 4
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10 November 2007

05 November 2007

I was called for jury service - by turns interesting, frustrating and stressful
(Luckily we didn't get a murder or a 6 month fraud case - just child molestation - hmmmm)
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27 October 2007

Matti & Bethan & David all went shopping in Merry Hill...

Where is Imelda Marcos when you need her?

The order could have come a little more quickly

In Frankie and Benny's

Boots: £15, Jumper: £10, Belt: £2

Primark will be the end of civilisation as we know it...

A huge jumper for £10 - how can they do that?
Folks will just buy stuff, use it once and throw it away
as this will be cheaper than dry-cleaning it...

25 October 2007

A little trip to Silkeborg...

The potato comes in its own little jar...

The Radisson in Silkeborg (it was formerly a paper mill),
restaurant Michael D.

Scallops and rhymed Halibut, Danish apples, cress
and caramelled Jerusalem artichoke,

followed by:

Outdoor Pig, puy lentil, heartsalad and sage


Nordic Cheeses (on a floor tile no less)

and finally:

Clara fris, white chocolate & viper's grasses, jelly and sprinkle of oats*

and like the rest of everything we saw in Denmark:
Relentlessly well designed and reassuringly expensive

Is nobody scruffy? Does nobody ever just "bodge it"?
What would happen is someone just said "I just can't be bothered today"

its the domestic terminal at CPH


* it makes more sense in Danish:


Kammuslinger og rimet helleflynder,

danske æbler, karse og brunede jordskokker.


Frillandsgris, puy linser, hjertesalat og salvie.


De nordiske oste.


Clara fris, hvid chokolade, skorzenerødder

gelé og havredrys.

10 October 2007

A 'mad'* italianate restaurant round the back of the Holiday Inn,
Wrocslaw - amazing 'fusion' menu - and, actually, the food was
really good

*look in the background

An old bunker on the way to the airport
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30 September 2007

22 September 2007

Kirstie and Anna

At the (always freezing cold) swings - after "feeding the ducks" -
in Frimley

At Alice Holt

16 September 2007

09 September 2007

A weekend in the Faroes...

I was divebombed by a (Great?) Skua - just like John Noakes
when he went to Iceland for Blue Peter in 1971

How come I remember this some 36 years later?

It is a stunning place...

Click here to see some one elses better photo

and of course, having been occupied by the British in WWII
they just love Cadbury Dairy Milk:

I even went orienteering - from the village of Gjógv,
(one of the 'controls' was misplaced), the village website says:

"The trip also takes you to the refreshing water spring at Háls - a favoured resting place for the local shepherds. You look down on Ambadal, a beautiful valley all covered in grass except for a single stone, Festirsteinur/Festarsteinur, which, of course, also has its own story..."

Unfortunately I can only find the story in Faeroese.
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27 August 2007

ODI at Edgbaston...

We sat in the "India" section next to Sikh Superman and Sikh Batman
and surrounded by their extended family and other guests...

Erik was not amused...