[Thursday 20th April 2023]
The girls got back from Japan this morning. Rather impressively we got home from the airport at 8:50AM, and Erika was in school by 9AM!
In the evening exchanging "omiyage" (souvenirs, generally edible) from our travels.
[Monday 10th April 2023]
I was a bit unsure what to do with myself on the day off, but ended up going down to St. James's / Mayfair (largely so I could buy a discounted easter egg from Fortnum and Mason!) and while in that neck of the woods had a late Lebanese lunch at the Noura in Mayfair.
[Sunday 9th April 2023]
Didn't take any photos today! Quite unusual for a day off.
Had a mostly quiet day at home, some time spent dealing with my camping stuff after my trip to Dartmoor and finishing off editing the videos.
Just briefly popped out to the Pineapple towards the end of the afternoon to catch a bit of the usual Easter festivities (they have an Easter bonnet competition etc), but somehow only really felt in the mood to stay for one quick pint.
Improvised some lazy version of a Sunday roast for dinner in the evening - I really can't be bothered with going through the full performance when cooking just for myself, so I bought ready made roast potatoes and Yorkshire puddings from the supermarket, as well as vegetarian sausages, bunged all of those in the oven, then just made instant gravy and microwaved some frozen peas. Massively less effort than doing it properly and to be honest the end result was not actually terrible.
[Saturday 8th April 2023]
Woke up to a frosty morning on the moor, packed up my tent, and then walked to Chagford via Scorhill stone circle and some other antiquities en route. As often seems to be the case on these expeditions the early morning walk at the end of it was one of the nicest bits. I was very impressed by Scorhill stone circle, and also the other megaliths I saw (the stone avenue and standing stone near Kestor Rock). In fact even the country lanes and paths off the "high moor" as I approached Chagford were very picturesque and made for a lovely walk.
I had a funny sort of breakfast in Chagford, I was rather hoping for more of a fry-up but ended up with beans on toast. Anyway, I had a bit of time to kill there, then a rather hair raising bus journey from there to Exeter down ridiculously narrow country lanes which can barely accommodate cars, let alone buses.
I made a diversion on the way home to pop in to see Dad for afternoon tea, which coincided with Lucy and Martin and the boys visiting from Scotland.
[Friday 7th April 2023]
A bit of an ordeal getting the train down to Okehampton amidst the Easter weekend madness but I made it there by not long after 2pm.
I walked onto the moor from Okehampton via a different route to last time, following the road rather than the East Okement valley, and headed up onto Oke Tor and Steeperton Tor before heading across the moor to Buttern Hill, where I camped in the stone circle there.
[Thursday 6th April 2023]
Went out for a curry to one of the local curry houses which I'd had takeaway from some years ago (and thought it wasn't bad) but I don't think I had ever eaten in before. It was rather disappointing: it lacked richness and depth of flavour, they were obviously a bit stingy with the spices. Should have just ordered a takeaway from our usual place instead! Ho, hum.
[Wednesday 5th April 2023]
Various purchases related to al fresco cooking today, ahead of my upcoming trip to Dartmoor - a blow torch, some Butane for it, and some more camp stove (isobutane?) fuel canisters, with the aim of refilling the smaller ones I already have.
Cooked tapas for dinner, under a tarp on the heath, and made a video of it.
[Tuesday 4th April 2023]
Some outdoorsy / camera stuff arrived in the daytime. In the evening I went for a walk to the heath around sunset, and was surprised I managed to get there in good time even though I didn't leave home until 6:30pm.
[Monday 3rd April 2023]
Went for dinner at Vegan Planet, the all vegan Chinese restaurant in Camden with a Szechuan leaning. I still always seem to want to eat Chinese food on a Monday, even when dining alone. I'm not sure I really like the name Vegan Planet - it makes it sounds like one of those generic "Happy Beansprout" type vegetatian / vegan cafes, rather than what actually happens to be a fairly upmarket Chinese / Szechuan restaurant where it just happens all the food is vegan. I think the Szechuan dishes are particularly good, really gutsy and flavoursome - something often lacking in vegan/vegetarian food in my opinion.
[Sunday 2nd April 2023]
The second half of my walk along the South Dorset Ridgeway, taking in most of the more interesting Bronze Age / Neolithic sites: two long barrows and two stone circles before 9:30AM in the morning! I did take a few photos along the way, but for a fuller record of the walk here's the video I made of it:
[Saturday 1st April 2023]
I took the train down to Weymouth this morning, and then a taxi from there out to the tiny village of Osmington Mills, where I started my walk along the South Dorset Ridgeway. It's an 18 mile trail, which I split over two days, and is one of the biggest concentrations of prehistoric (Neolithic, Bronze Age and Iron Age) sites in the UK.
Today I walked as far as Bronkham Hill, which is covered in Bronze Age barrows. I watched the sun setting from there, had a sort of tagine for dinner, and a few glasses of Gevrey Chambertin.
[Friday 31st March 2023]
Waved the girls off this morning, they'd be heading to Japan for the school Easter holidays.
Work as usual for me for the daytime, then headed to the heath in the early evening for some wine in the rain.
Also made a silly April Fool's Day video while I was on the heath.
[Tuesday 28th March 2023]
After picking Erika up from her woodwork class in the evening we headed down to Camden for a change, and tried out the Wendy's there for dinner. It was not very good.
[Tuesday 21st March 2023]
Chie was out for the evening so after picking Erika up from her woodworking class we decided to try out the new Japanese/Nepalese sushi place near us for dinner.
[Sunday 19th March 2023]
I went out for an afternoon stroll in Wiltshire, taking in Martinsell Hill and going to see the end of Wansdyke. While on Martinsell Hill I cooked sausages and mash for lunch, in a gorse bush.
[Saturday 18th March 2023]
We went for pizza for lunch, and I asked if they'd put some vegan pepperoni on my pizza (you can never find this on the menu in any pizza restaurant I've been to) and happily they obliged.
Later on a trip to the heath, then after dinner a belated birthday cake.
[Wednesday 15th March 2023]
Got the train down to Plymouth, picked up a hire car from there, then over to Burgh Island for a one night stay to celebrate my birthday, which happily coincided with Erika's school being closed due to teacher strikes.