Dr John Hawkins
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- Recent Entries:
- Cissbury Ring to Chanctonbury Ring
Lost Boys Pizza
Lunch at the Pineapple
Day After Vera's Party
Vera's 100th Birthday
Arriving at the Farmhouse
Dentist and Oliveto
Back to London
Tuesday in Devon
Welsh Sparkling Wine Tasting
Din Tai Fung
Henfield to Steyning
Last Day of Term
Dinner with Kyle and Al
Chap Flaneur Walk
Temple of Seitan
Japanese School Sports Day and Summer Fair
Champagne For a Change
Picnic on Hampstead Heath
Pasta in the Garden
Dinner in the Garden with Grandma
St. James's and Edgware
Vinegrowing Course Day 7
Morris Dancing at the Pineapple
Sunday in the East Midlands
Saturday in the East Midlands
Kati Rolls and Jeremy's Garden
Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell Again
Olivocarne and Go Ape
Morning in Pantygelli
White Castle and Sugar Loaf
Ancre Hil and The Crown at Pantygelli
Parva Farm and the Lion Inn
Chinatown and St. James's
Kim Kong Kimchi
Vinegrowing Course Day 6
Lunch in the Garden and Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell
Mario's Cafe and Erika's Sleepover
Coral Room and The Ritz
Vineyards of the United Kingdom Map
Bank Holiday Monday
Lewes to Glynde
- Cissbury Ring to Chanctonbury Ring
- [Saturday 17th August 2019]
Took Chie and Erika down to the South Downs for a walk from Cissbury Ring to Chanctonbury Ring.
Read more here.
- Lost Boys Pizza
- [Friday 16th August 2019]
Went for dinner at Lost Boys Pizza in Camden with Erika and Ricardo.
- [Wednesday 14th August 2019]
Got a base for the compost bin today, which meant taking all the compost out of the bin and shoveling it all back in again in the evening. Rewarded myself with some GevCham.
- Lunch at the Pineapple
- [Tuesday 13th August 2019]
Back at work today, but went for lunch with Erika and Chie at the Pineapple.
- Heading Home
- [Monday 12th August 2019]
Left the farmhouse this morning, and popped in to Vera and Robin's house briefly to take a look at the card from the Queen and say our goodbyes before heading back to London.
- Day After Vera's Party
- [Sunday 11th August 2019]
Festivities continuing at the farmhouse in between a steady steam of goodbyes.
- Vera's 100th Birthday
- [Saturday 10th August 2019]
The main event of Vera's 100th Birthday weekend.
- Arriving at the Farmhouse
- [Friday 9th August 2019]
Took the train from London to Bristol in the morning, then picked upa Zipcar in Bristol and drove to Abergavenny. Did a bit of shopping at Waitrose, and made a quick visit to White Castle vineyard, before heading over to the farmhouse where we'd be staying for the weekend, and spent the rest of the day greeting various relatives as they arrived.
- [Thursday 8th August 2019]
Picked some blueberries from the blueberry bush in our garden.
- St Pancras
- [Wednesday 7th August 2019]
Met up with Chie and Erika in St Pancras after work so we could get Vera a birthday present, then took Erika for cocktails (!) at George's Bar at Gilbert Scott, followed by dinner at Diwana on Drummond Street.
- [Tuesday 6th August 2019]
Spot of sabrage in the evening to reward myself for dealing with boring domestic issues today - our bins hadn't been collected for the last few weeks.
- [Sunday 4th August 2019]
Mostly stayed at home, and had a foodie sort of a day - Lion's Mane mushroom for breakfast, and Erika's home made soup for lunch.
- Greenwich Park
- [Saturday 3rd August 2019]
Florian and family were visiting London for the weekend, so we went to see them for a picnic in Greenwich Park this afternoon.
- [Friday 2nd August 2019]
Worked from home, lunch at the Pineapple.
- Dentist and Oliveto
- [Thursday 1st August 2019]
Went to the dentist followed by lunch at Oliveto and gelato at Olivogelo.
- Back to London
- [Wednesday 31st July 2019]
Morning in Starcross, lunch in Exeter Quayside, then the train back to London in the afternoon.
- Tuesday in Devon
- [Tuesday 30th July 2019]
Breakfast on Burgh Island before reluctantly checking out. Got a taxi from there to Tones, where we stopped off at Blue China to do some pottery painting, before getting the train back from there to Starcross. Dinner at the Anchor in Cockwood.
- Burgh Island
- [Monday 29th July 2019]
Went to stay on Burgh Island.
- [Sunday 28th July 2019]
Went to Dartmoor for the day.
- [Saturday 27th July 2019]
Got the train down to Devon in the morning, and spent the afternoon in Dawlish.
- [Friday 26th July 2019]
Picture from the terrace at the office.
- Internet Troubles
- [Thursday 25th July 2019]
Broadband still very unreliable. Took a picture of the "cabinet" out in the street as I had a theory it was overheating.
- Welsh Sparkling Wine Tasting
- [Wednesday 24th July 2019]
Held a Welsh sparkling wine tasting at the London Welsh Centre this evening.
- [Tuesday 23rd July 2019]
A few random pictures.
- Din Tai Fung
- [Monday 22nd July 2019]
Went for dinner at Din Tai Fung, the new Taiwanese dumping restaurant in London.
- Hitchin Lavender
- [Sunday 21st July 2019]
Went to visit Hitchin Lavender for the afternoon.
- Henfield to Steyning
- [Saturday 20th July 2019]
I decided today to walk part of the route of Hilaire Belloc's The Four Men, from Henfield to Steyning.
Read more here.
- Last Day of Term
- [Friday 19th July 2019]
Erika's last day of term, school finished early so I took the afternoon off work and took Erika to the cinema to see Secret Life of Pets 2.
- [Thursday 18th July 2019]
Some Davenport Limney Estate in the garden.
- [Wednesday 17th July 2019]
Just one picture, of the lavender.
- Vine Leaves
- [Tuesday 16th July 2019]
Inspected some of the leaves from the vines in my back garden.
- Dinner with Kyle and Al
- [Monday 15th July 2019]
Out for dinner with Kyle and Al in Fitzrovia.
- Chap Flaneur Walk
- [Sunday 14th July 2019]
Joined the Flaneur Walk through St. James's and Soho organised by the Chap Magazine.
- [Saturday 13th July 2019]
Hat shopping in the morning in St. James's then spent the afternoon with Erika in and around home.
- Primrose Hill
- [Friday 12th July 2019]
Drinks on Primrose Hill because Gemma was back in town for a while.
- Heron Farm
- [Thursday 11th July 2019]
Tried the sparkling wine from Heron Farm this evening, the vineyard owned by one of my fellow students from the viticulture course.
- Temple of Seitan
- [Wednesday 10th July 2019]
Went to Temple of Seitan for lunch.
- Ethiopian Food
- [Tuesday 9th July 2019]
Erika had a late playdate so Chie and I went out for an early dinner at one of the nearby Ethiopian restaurants (yes there are several!).
- [Monday 8th July 2019]
Went out for breakfast with Erika before school, and got the result from my vinegrowing course today.
- [Sunday 7th July 2019]
Played Sylvanian Families with Erika in the morning, and she went to a party in the afternoon.
- Japanese School Sports Day and Summer Fair
- [Saturday 6th July 2019]
Busy day, with Erika's Japanese school's sports day in the morning followed by her regular school's summer fair in the afternoon.
- George Inn
- [Friday 5th July 2019]
Early evening drinks at the George Inn.
- [Thursday 4th July 2019]
Nice weather so had a barbecue this evening.
- Champagne For a Change
- [Wednesday 3rd July 2019]
Champagne rather than ESW for a change.
- Sports Day
- [Tuesday 2nd July 2019]
Erika's school sports day.
- Garden Check
- [Monday 1st July 2019]
Current state of the garden.
- Picnic on Hampstead Heath
- [Sunday 30th June 2019]
Went for a picnic on Hampstead Heath for lunch.
- Pasta in the Garden
- [Saturday 29th June 2019]
Pasta for lunch and dinner, both eaten out in the garden.
- [Friday 28th June 2019]
Went to Franks in Peckham in the evening.
- Dinner in the Garden with Grandma
- [Thursday 27th June 2019]
Mum came to stay again, and we had dinner in the garden.
- Garden again
- [Wednesday 26th June 2019]
Checked on the tomato plants again.
- [Tuesday 25th June 2019]
Repotted the tomato plants in the garden.
- Erika's Glasses
- [Monday 24th June 2019]
Erika got some glasses today.
- [Sunday 23rd June 2019]
Trimmed the hedge, then rewarded myself with some ESW in the garden while Erika was at a friend's birthday party.
- St. James's and Edgware
- [Saturday 22nd June 2019]
Reenacted how Saturday mornings used to be when we lived in Pimlico - breakfast at the Regency Cafe followed by a walk through St. James's Park and a stroll around St. James's. Then in the afternoon went to a birthday barbecue with Chie and Erika in Edgware.
- [Friday 21st June 2019]
Went to Avebury with the usual suspects for the summer solstice.
- Summer Concert
- [Thursday 20th June 2019]
The summer concert at Erika's school, most of which I spent working behind the bar!
- [Wednesday 19th June 2019]
A few pictures of the garden after a shower.
- [Tuesday 18th June 2019]
Reusable plastic stemware for the summer concert arrived.
- Vinegrowing Course Day 7
- [Monday 17th June 2019]
Final day of my vinegrowing course. Theory session ending with a (very hard!) test in the morning, then a visit to Bluebell Vineyard in the afternoon.
- [Sunday 16th June 2019]
Pizza at Crudough in Archway for lunch.
- Breaky Bottom
- [Saturday 15th June 2019]
Returned to Breaky Bottom to try the new releases.
Read more about our visit here.
- [Friday 14th June 2019]
Finally a bit of improvement in the weather.
- [Thursday 13th June 2019]
Walter was visiting London this week, so I saw him this evening.
- [Wednesday 12th June 2019]
More rain today.
- Morris Dancing at the Pineapple
- [Tuesday 11th June 2019]
London Pride and Sharp Morris dancing at the Pineapple.
- [Monday 10th June 2019]
Rained quite hard today.
- Sunday in the East Midlands
- [Sunday 9th June 2019]
Spent the morning assembling a wishing well for Mum's garden, then a Sunday roast, before getting the train back to London in the afternoon.
- Saturday in the East Midlands
- [Saturday 8th June 2019]
Got the train in the afternoon to the East Midlands and spent the early evening in Mum's garden.
- Hattingley Valley
- [Friday 7th June 2019]
Tried some Hattingley Valley this evening, an English sparkling wine from Hampshire I'd heard a lot of good things about.
- Kati Rolls and Jeremy's Garden
- [Thursday 6th June 2019]
Went for Kati rolls with Chie for lunch. In the evening I went for a glass of wine and a chat with Jeremy in his garden.
- Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell Again
- [Tuesday 4th June 2019]
Went to see Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell again at the Coach and Horses.
- Olivocarne and Go Ape
- [Monday 3rd June 2019]
Erika had the day off school for a teacher training day and Chie wasn't feeling well so I took the day off work. Went to Olivocarne for lunch followed by Go Ape in Battersea Park.
- Morning in Pantygelli
- [Sunday 2nd June 2019]
Spent a lovely morning at our cottage in Pantygelli, followed by a slightly frantic lunch before getting the train back to London.
- White Castle and Sugar Loaf
- [Saturday 1st June 2019]
Fit in a couple more Monmouthshire vineyard visits today - White Castle in the morning, and then Sugar Loaf over lunch. Back to Vera and Robin's house for the remainder of the afternoon and dinner.
More on the visit to White Castle here, and more on the visit to Sugar Loaf here.
- Ancre Hil and The Crown at Pantygelli
- [Friday 31st May 2019] Spent the morning in Monmouth, then walked over to visit Ancre Hill Estate for a vineyard tour and tasting. Got a taxi from there to Abergavenny where I met up with Chie and Erika at Vera and Robin's house, and then together we all went to the Crown at Pantygelli for dinner before retiring for the evening at our cottage next door.
More on my visit to Ancre Hill here.
- Parva Farm and the Lion Inn
- [Thursday 30th May 2019]
Got the train from London to Chepstow, a taxi from there to Tintern, and visited Parva Farm vineyard. Took a bus to Llandogo then walked up the hill to Trellech to see the standing stones and visit the Lion Inn. Finally walked from Trellech down into Monmouth where I stayed the night.
More on my visit to Parva Farm here, and more on my walk today here
- Three Choirs
- [Wednesday 29th May 2019]
Another evening in the garden, albeit it was raining this time! Tried the English sparkling wine from Three Choirs.
Seemed an appropriate choice on the eve of my trip to Monmouthshire to visit all the local vineyards there, given that most of them send their grapes to be made into wine to Three Choirs.
- [Tuesday 28th May 2019]
Chie and Erika went off to Wales to stay with friends for a few nights as it was half term, so I had the evening to myself in London. I headed to Mayfair to try the Mayfair Chippy, then headed home for some ESW in the garden.
- [Monday 27th May 2019]
Took Erika to Greenwich for the day to see a performance of Wind in the Willows in the park.
- Chinatown and St. James's
- [Sunday 26th May 2019]
Lunch at Joy King Lau and a bit of shopping on Jermyn Street.
- Jim's Birthday
- [Saturday 25th May 2019]
I piloted a boat along the Thames from Kingston to Hampton Court Palace and back again for Jim's birthday.
- [Friday 24th May 2019]
Accidentally washed my cufflinks. They seemed to survive the experience largely unscathed.
- [Thursday 23rd May 2019]
Odds and sods.
- [Wednesday 22nd May 2019]
A couple of pictures of the roses in bloom. Also Erika's friend came round for a play date, and to my delight they spent quite a lot of it outside in the garden, and chose to eat out there too.
- Kim Kong Kimchi
- [Tuesday 21st May 2019]
My new favourite kimchi.
- Leon's Birthday
- [Sunday 19th May 2019]
Went down to Canterbury for Leon's Birthday at the Pig at Bridge Place.
- [Saturday 18th May 2019]
Let Erika stay up late to watch (most of) the Eurovision Song Contest.
- [Friday 17th May 2019]
Not much to report.
- [Thursday 16th May 2019]
Yet more pictures of the garden, and we went for dinner at Wahaca with one of Erika's friends, followed by ice cream.
- Andrew's Birthday
- [Wednesday 15th May 2019]
Went to the pub after work for Andrew's birthday.
- Fruit Fly
- [Tuesday 14th May 2019]
Having become briefly fascinated by spotted wing drosophila after yesterday's vineyard course I attempted to take a photo of a fruit fly at the office today. Not very easy to do.
- Vinegrowing Course Day 6
- [Monday 13th May 2019]
Penultimate day of my vinegrowing course.
- Lunch in the Garden and Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell
- [Sunday 12th May 2019]
Lunch in the garden, then Erika went to a birthday party for the remainder of the afternoon. In the evening I went to see Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell at the Coach and Horses.
- Mario's Cafe and Erika's Sleepover
- [Saturday 11th May 2019]
Went for breakfast at Mario's Cafe. In the evening Erika went for her first sleepover at a friend's house. So Chie and I had a bit of time to ourselves, I sat in the garden for a bit then we unsuccessfully tried to go for dinner at Babuji.
- Coral Room and The Ritz
- [Friday 10th May 2019]
Visited the Coral Room at the Bloomsbury Hotel followed by the Rivoli Bar at the Ritz for "research" for my blog on English sparkling wine.
- Vineyards of the United Kingdom Map
- [Wednesday 8th May 2019]
Took another picture of this to upload to Twitter having seen someone else had a similar one.
- Bank Holiday Monday
- [Monday 6th May 2019]
Chie was out with friends for the afternoon / evening for an additonal birthday celebration so Erika and I had a late lunch in the Pineapple, then one of her friends came over to play.
- Lewes to Glynde
- [Sunday 5th May 2019]
Popped down to Lewes for a short walk from there to Glynde.
- Chie's Birthday
- [Saturday 4th May 2019]
Went to Hakkasan for Chie's birthday lunch.