John Hawkins



Dr John Hawkins

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Recent Entries:
Back to London
Ledbury
To Abergavenny
Ice Cubes
New Washing Machine
Foodie Sunday
Chap Olympiad 2014
Cafe Nouf
Franks
Back to London
Akino and Tim's Wedding
Royal Yacht Britannia
To The Borders
Olivogelo
Sushi in the Garden
Wednesday
Monty Python Live (mostly)
Monday
Thameside Drinks and Christmas Pudding
Paddington with Andy and Ribollita

Pictures:
Italy June 2014: A week in Italy, taking in Genoa, Sestri Levante, the Cinque Terre, Pisa and Florence.Italy June 2014
Saturday 14th - Sunday 22nd June 2014
A week in Italy, taking in Genoa, Sestri Levante, the Cinque Terre, Pisa and Florence.
London June 2014: Pictures from London in June 2014.London June 2014
June 2014
Pictures from London in June 2014.
London May 2014: Pictures from London in May 2014.London May 2014
May 2014
Pictures from London in May 2014.
London April 2014: Pictures from London in April 2014.London April 2014
April 2014
Pictures from London in April 2014.
Abergavenny April 2014: Short weekend trip to Abergavenny to see Vera and Robin.Abergavenny April 2014
April 2014
Short weekend trip to Abergavenny to see Vera and Robin.
Blog:
- Back to London
    [Sunday 20th July 2014]
- Ledbury
    [Saturday 19th July 2014]
- To Abergavenny
    [Friday 18th July 2014]
- Ice Cubes
    [Wednesday 16th July 2014]
- New Washing Machine
    [Monday 14th July 2014]
- Foodie Sunday
    [Sunday 13th July 2014]
- Chap Olympiad 2014
    [Saturday 12th July 2014]
- Cafe Nouf
    [Thursday 10th July 2014]
- Franks
    [Wednesday 9th July 2014]
- Back to London
    [Tuesday 8th July 2014]

Back to London
[Sunday 20th July 2014]
Back to London in the afternoon.
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Ledbury
[Saturday 19th July 2014]
Spent the afternoon in Ledbury, unfortunately the weather wasn't particularly good!
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To Abergavenny
[Friday 18th July 2014]
Took the afternoon off work and got the train to Abergavenny. Tea on the terrace on arrival!
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Ice Cubes
[Wednesday 16th July 2014]
I bought some ice cubes.
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New Washing Machine
[Monday 14th July 2014]
We got a new washing machine today.
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Foodie Sunday
[Sunday 13th July 2014]
Spent most of today eating, it seems.
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Chap Olympiad 2014
[Saturday 12th July 2014]
Tenth Anniversary of the Chap Olympiad.
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Cafe Nouf
[Thursday 10th July 2014]
Lebanese food at Cafe Nouf for lunch.
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Franks
[Wednesday 9th July 2014]
Brief early evening sojourn to Franks in Peckham.
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Back to London
[Tuesday 8th July 2014]
Breakfast at the hotel with the other wedding guests before heading back to Berwick Upon Tweed to drop off our hire car and get the train back to London.
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Akino and Tim's Wedding
[Monday 7th July 2014]
Akino and Tim's wedding at Lindisfarne Castle.
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Royal Yacht Britannia
[Sunday 6th July 2014]
Drove from Lucy and Martin's house into Leith to go on a tour of the Royal Yacht Britannia.
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To The Borders
[Saturday 5th July 2014]
Took the train to Berwick Upon Tweed in the morning, then picked up a hire car there and motored over the border to visit Lucy and Martin.
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Olivogelo
[Friday 4th July 2014]
Erika having gelato at Olivogelo.
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Sushi in the Garden
[Thursday 3rd July 2014]
Sushi in the garden for dinner today.
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Wednesday
[Wednesday 2nd July 2014]
Not much to report really.
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Monty Python Live (mostly)
[Tuesday 1st July 2014]
Went to see Monty Python Live (mostly) at the O2 this evening.
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Monday
[Monday 30th June 2014]
Chie went out in the evening to see a match at Wimbledon, so I picked Erika up from nursery after work.

Um, not much else to report really.
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Thameside Drinks and Christmas Pudding
[Sunday 29th June 2014]
Chie and Erika went to see Ai-san for a couple of hours in the afternoon, so I was left up to my own devices for a bit.

I'd seen the Ploughman's at the Morpeth Arms advertised as I'd been passing there yesterday, so I thought I'd give that a go. It wasn't bad, although a classic problem of not nearly enough bread (they did bring more when I pointed this out). I sat outside which I suppose was fairly pleasant, as the pub is by the river.

Followed that with another Thameside drink at the Tamesis Dock - a boat permanently moored on the South Bank between Vauxhall and Lambeth Bridge which has been turned into a (sometimes) floating pub. It was surprisingly deserted - I suppose the weather was a tad on the grey side, but still, for a riverside venue with a nice view of the Houses of Parliament on a Sunday afternoon I was a bit surprised to be the only person there.

Went back home by way of the Little Waitrose in Vauxhall and made dinner, a sort of roast if I recall correctly - cauliflower cheese, plus kind of roast potatoes, although for a change I used new potatoes and left the skins on. Actually came out quite well.

Rather oddly, whilst looking for something else I found a Christmas pudding in the cupboard, which we hadn't got round to eating at Christmas as I'd been really rather ill. As the end of June is pretty close to being as far away from Christmas as you can possibly get, I thought it would be amusing to eat that after dinner tonight.
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Paddington with Andy and Ribollita
[Saturday 28th June 2014]
In the morning I took Erika out for a bit, while Chie had another appointment at the optician. I'd planned to go to the nice little playground by the Houses of Parliament, but on arrival was rather dismayed to find it was all fenced off and had turned into a building site. Unfortunately Erika had seen the swings though, and from that point was quite determined to have a go on a swing. So I looked at the map to see where the nearest playground might be, and decided to head over the river to one in Lambeth. On arrival, it promptly started raining. So overall our outing was not very successful.

Andy was passing through London again, on his way back to Japan, so we got together for a while this afternoon. We met at Paddington station (he'd be staying in Marlow) and went to two of the pubs in the station, before eventually mustering the enthusiasm to leave the station and go ever so slightly further afield.

Our mini crawl extended to two further pubs - the Victoria and the Windsor Castle. We were joined en route by some of Andy's friends from a Japanese course he'd done before he left London, one of whom I found a bit irritating, if I'm honest.

I headed home around 5:30 so I could help out with dinner. As we had some leftover bread which was on its way to going stale, I decided to try and make some ribollita, like the one I'd rather enjoyed in Pisa. I couldn't find cavolo nero in the supermarket so used spring greens instead, but it actually came out quite well. The bread was Gail's Sourdough which was well suited to this sort of thing, it still retained some texture in he soup and didn't just disintegrate entirely.
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