Dr John Hawkins
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- Erika and Nina
Ascot Family Day
Aviations at the Office
Back to London
New Washing Machine
Chap Olympiad 2014
- Erika and Nina
- [Saturday 2nd August 2014]
Erika's friend Nina came round to play today.
- [Friday 1st August 2014]
Third batch of ribollita.
- [Thursday 31st July 2014]
Went to Frank's in Peckham with some of the usual suspects from the office.
- [Wednesday 30th July 2014]
Picture of Erika dawdling on the way back from nursery.
- [Tuesday 29th July 2014]
Looked after Erika while Chie was out for the evening.
- Japanese Curry
- [Monday 28th July 2014]
Made Japanese curry with paneer for dinner. It turned out pretty well.
- Ascot Family Day
- [Sunday 27th July 2014]
We've recently made friends with an Italian couple who also have a daughter at Erika's nursery. They suggested today we all go along to the family day at Ascot racecourse - a slightly surprising combination of horse racing for grown ups with fairground rides and people dressed up as TV characters for the kids.
On arrival we gave Erika a go on one of the fairground rides - which predictably she almost immediately asked to get off. Later on we tried to have her picture taken with Postman Pat - she seemed to find him quite scary.
So the kids bits weren't really a great success. Surprisingly though Erika actually did seem to quite enjoy looking at the horses, from a safe distance.
I thought since we were there I might as well have a small flutter, and maintained my unbroken record of walking away from a day at the races with an overall profit, thanks to a satisfactory win in the first race.
- Italian Saturday
- [Saturday 26th July 2014]
Without specifically planning it that way, it ended up being a very Italian sort of day.
Having enjoyed the experience of visiting pasticceria on our recent trip to Italy (standing at the counter and having an espresso and a few small pastries/cakes) I was keen to see if something similar existed in London. After a bit of a search of the web I found there was a place called Dolcezza, between Stockwell and Oval, so we headed there for breakfast this morning. It made for a pleasant break from the norm, but it wasn't really like the atmosphere in a pasticceria in Italy - for a start the member of staff who served us was Australian, and the general feel of the place was much like any other coffee shop in London, but just with the addition of a few small Italian pastries.
We walked back to the flat by way of Vauxhall, to pop into the little Waitrose there and buy things for lunch. I had a sudden craving for cucumber sandwiches and scones. So once back at the flat we had an afternoon tea style lunch, although rather than heading out into the gardens we lazily stayed indoors with all the windows open.
Spent most of the remainder of the afternoon slobbing around the flat - it was actually quite hot outdoors, and staying indoors with all the windows open it was just about right.
In the evening, Chie went out with a friend. I didn't really feel like just staying, so Erika and I resumed the Italian theme, heading over to the area around Sloane Square. Erika dozed off en route, so initially I had an aperitivo on the pavement outside a little Italian cafe whilst Erika napped in her buggy. I then moved to the Italian restaurant next door (Caraffini where we've been a few times with Erika now) and took a table on the terrace. I think I managed to time it just about right - Erika was still sleeping when we arrived, but I woke her up when our food arrived. It was rather lovely having our romantic al fresco dinner for two.
Rounded off the evening with a visit to Olivogelo for some gelato on the way home, to complete the Italian theme.
- Aviations at the Office
- [Friday 25th July 2014]
Chie and Erika came to my office for lunch, and at the end of the day I made Aviations.
- NCT Picnic
- [Thursday 24th July 2014]
Went to St. James's at lunchtime to get my hair cut, then in the early evening had a picnic with our NCT friends.
- Rhubarb Negroni
- [Wednesday 23rd July 2014]
Went out with Al and Kyle this evening, including a visit to Princi to try their Rhubarb Negroni.
- [Tuesday 22nd July 2014]
Fared better with getting Erika to take her horrible antibiotics this morning, by employing a larger yoghurt so the flavour was more diluted.
Was originally supposed to be meeting Leon after work today, as he was passing through London, but owing to logistics it ultimately didn't work out. So not much to report really.
- [Monday 21st July 2014]
Erika is currently on a course of particularly foul tasting antibiotics for yet another chest infection. We've never had much problem in the past getting her to take medicine, but this one in particular is so foul she spat it out when we gave it to her neat, and seems to know when its mixed in with something else to disguise the taste. I spent almost an hour this morning trying to get her to eat a yoghurt which I'd mixed it in with.
In the evening I made something very vaguely approximating Chinese food - crispy duck pancakes followed by a kind of noodle soup.
- Back to London
- [Sunday 20th July 2014]
Back to London in the afternoon.
- [Saturday 19th July 2014]
After some deliberation in the morning about what to do for the day, we eventually settled on going to Ledbury. Unfortunately the weather had taken quite a notable turn from yesterday's barmy summer weather, to quite a grey and rainy sort of day. Ledbury still managed to impress regardless - it's a very picturesque little town with a surprising array of swanky designer shops.
- To Abergavenny
- [Friday 18th July 2014]
The last few times we'd been to Abergavenny to visit Vera and Robin we seemed to have fallen into a pattern of only staying Saturday night, as the prospect of travelling on a Friday evening seemed a bit daunting. The trouble is that ends up meaning we only really spend 24 hours or so there, so this time instead we decided to take Friday afternoon off work to travel (actually Chie is off work on Friday anyway).
We arrived in Abergavenny at 4pm, Robin picked us up from the station and took us back to the house, where we had a very pleasant afternoon tea out on the terrace. The weather was quite hot today but regardless (hot) tea was forthcoming and gratefully received.
We popped out to Waitrose before dinner (Robin wanted to buy an orange and a lemon, and ended up spending £30), and I bought a bottle of Dubonnet, with which I later on made what I'm dubbing a Queen Mother Negroni, swapping out the usual sweet vermouth for the Dubonnet. It made for an interestingly fruity drink.
- Ice Cubes
- [Wednesday 16th July 2014]
I bought some ice cubes.
- New Washing Machine
- [Monday 14th July 2014]
We got a new washing machine today.
- Foodie Sunday
- [Sunday 13th July 2014]
Spent most of today eating, it seems.
- Chap Olympiad 2014
- [Saturday 12th July 2014]
Tenth Anniversary of the Chap Olympiad.