Dr John Hawkins
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- Wolstonbury Hill and New Year's Eve
Back to London
London to Bristol
Christmas Eve - Brasserie Zedel
Day After (?) The Winter Solstice
Avebury Winter Solstice
Sushi and A Christmas Carol
Snowy Heath Again
- Wolstonbury Hill and New Year's Eve
- [Saturday 31st December 2022]
The girls spent the daytime with Japanese friends, and I headed down to the South Downs for a windy/rainy walk around Wolstonbury Hill, and lunch under a tarp.
Back home for the evening to see in the new year with Chie and Erika.
- Back to London
- [Friday 30th December 2022]
Drove back to London today, and thankfully the drive was much quicker and easier than on the way to Wales - we left the hotel at 10am and even with a stop for lunch in Reading we were back home by just after 2pm. That gave me enough time to head off to the heath for a walk afterwards.
- [Thursday 29th December 2022]
I went for a short walk in the Usk Valley near our hotel in the morning while the girls availed themselves of the swimming pool at the hotel. For lunch we headed to Magor to meet Bec, Dave, Jessica and Louise, and then after that back to their house for most of the remainder of the day.
- [Wednesday 28th December 2022]
Headed to Abergavenny where we spent the afternoon with Robin and Robert, although I neglected to take any photos!
- London to Bristol
- [Tuesday 27th December 2022]
We'd decided to head to South Wales for some of the bit between Christmas in New Year, and to break up the journey we stayed in Bristol tonight, at the hotel with views of the Clifton Suspension Bridge. The weather was grim and the driving was awful, but it was a change of scenery at least!
- Boxing Day
- [Monday 26th December 2022]
I went for a short walk to the heath in the afternoon while Chie and Erika were visiting friends in Kings Cross. Later on in the evening we went to visit friends in Haringey, but I didn't take any photos.
- Christmas Day
- [Sunday 25th December 2022]
Christmas Day, mostly at home, but with a foray out to the Pineapple in the middle.
- Christmas Eve - Brasserie Zedel
- [Saturday 24th December 2022]
Went for lunch at Brasserie Zedel, where we had originally booked for our wedding anniversary at the start of December, but had to postpone as Chie had been ill at the time.
In the evening Erika constructed a gingerbread house and before bedtime set out the things for Santa.
- Regency Cafe
- [Friday 23rd December 2022]
Chie was very keen to have a breakfast (albeit at lunchtime) at the Regency Cafe, and today was their last opening day of 2023, so we headed there in the daytime.
- Day After (?) The Winter Solstice
- [Thursday 22nd December 2022]
The solstice is actually a single moment in time, rather than a whole day, which happened just before 10pm last night. I'd heard Stonehenge would be observing the solstice at dawn this morning, i.e. the end of the longest night, so assumed that would be the case at Avebury too. As it turned out not a huge amount seemed to be going on, probably not helped by the fact it was grey and damp around sunrise and there wasn't much to see.
- Avebury Winter Solstice
- [Wednesday 21st December 2022]
Once more to Avebury for the afternoon / evening / night to mark the winter solstice.
- Sushi and A Christmas Carol
- [Tuesday 20th December 2022]
Chie went out for the evening. Erika and I ordered in sushi and sat on the floor eating it while watching the latest remake of Dickens's A Christmas Carol.
- [Monday 19th December]
- [Sunday 18th December 2022]
Went down to Deptford to see Andrew, for what was supposed to be a gathering of a number of his friends, but in the end nobody else but me could make it.
- Snowy Heath Again
- [Saturday 17th December 2022]
Another stroll on the heath to enjoy the surprisingly amount of remaining snow.