[Saturday 30th July 2022]
As Chie and Erika would imminently be leaving for Japan for the summer, Erika and I decided to do something fun together today so we went to the zoo. I don't think we'd been together since December 2018, but there was a time when we'd go on a pretty much weekly basis.
Some video footage from our visit to the zoo today:
[Friday 29th July 2022]
Tried a new ESW producer today, who had just released their first wines, and I had happened to walk past the vineyard a few years back so I was keen to see how it had turned out. Andrew also came and met me on the heath.
[Wednesday 27th July 2022]
I worked today, but with Erika now off school for the summer she made lunch for us. Later on I went for a stroll to the heath, the girls came and joined me for a bit, then we went to a local Korean restaurant for dinner.
[Monday 25th July 2022]
Having quickly glimpsed Tintern Abbey yesterday, and never having been for a proper look myself, we thought that might be a nice thing to do after checking out of our cottage. Later on made another stop off on the way back to London in Marlborough, where we had lunch at a tea room.
[Sunday 24th July 2022]
Spent the afternoon in Tintern, which is not far from where we were staying in Brockweir, so we walked there and back. Met Bec, Dave and Louise for lunch in Tintern, and then a bit later on were joined by Jessica too.
Back to Brockweir in the evening for a light supper of leftovers, then I went down to the river one last time and was treated to a surprisingly nice sunset.
Some video footage I got of this evening's sunset:
[Saturday 23rd July 2022]
A spot of shopping in Monmouth in the morning, then lunch at the Boat Inn, followed by an afternoon visit to Trellech to see the stones and the well. Then popped into Tintern Old Station for a coffee and an ice cream. In the evening Robin and Robert came over to the house for dinner.
[Sunday 10th July 2022]
I've never solved a Rubik's Cube in my life, and had never really seriousl tried, but today wiyth the helo of some online tutorials I decided to finally put my mind to it.
[Friday 8th July 2022]
The back garden was having a bit of an infestation of fruit flies, making it hard to sit out and enjoy a glass of wine without them constantly trying to drown themselves in it.
[Tuesday 5th July 2022]
Erika's sports day in the morning, an earlier than usual trip to the heath in the afternoon, then later on, it being the night before bin day, I attempted to actually enjoy the front garden for a bit.
[Saturday 2nd July 2022]
Erika's school had its summer fair this afternoon, and I went to help out for a bit on one of the stalls. In the evening, Erika had a sleepover to go to (although she decided in advance she would leave at bedtime and come home so she could get a proper night's sleep) so I had another late evening stroll to the heath.
[Friday 1st July 2022]
Picked Erika up from school at lunchtime today after she returned from her camping trip. Went for a quick lunch at the Pineapple with her friend, then after that back home so Erika could have a nap on the sofa. Later on, I went for another late walk to the heath to catch the tail end of the sunset.
See also this video of today's and yesterday's sunsets:
[Thursday 30th June 2022]
Erika was off on a school camping trip this evening. Chie and I went out for dinner to an old haunt (Cafe Pacifico, London's oldest Mexican restaurant) then later on I went for a later than usual evening visit to the heath.
[Saturday 25th June 2022]
Burgundy stocks were starting to get a bit low, so I decided for a change to head over to Hampstead, visit a wine shop there to see what I could find, then head onto the heath from that direction.