Dr John Hawkins
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- Recent Entries:
What a Difference a Day Makes
Erika's Birthday Party
Porcini and Primrose Hill
Dimsum and Shoe Shopping
Gardening and Courgette Flowers
Pineapple and Champagne
Back to London
Monday in Monaco
St. Paul de Vence to Nice to Monaco
Saturday in St. Paul de Vence
To The Cote d'Azur
South Downs: Hassocks to Fulking
Bang Bang and Wines of England Tasting
Camber Sands and Rye
Garden by Candlelight
- [Friday 20th September 2019]
Lunch at Temple of Camden.
- The Bounty
- [Thursday 19th September 2019]
As it was International Talk Like a Pirate Day I had arranged to go to The Bounty (the most piratey pub I know) with a couple of friends who still live in the Reading area, and coincidentally are both called Simon.
- What a Difference a Day Makes
- [Wednesday 18th September 2019]
Much progress in the garden just in the last 24 hours!
- Garden Check
- [Tuesday 17th September 2019]
Usual check on the state of things in the garden - another rose has bloomed and two of the tomatoes are a really good size now.
- [Monday 16th September 2019]
Spent most of today being annoyed by various things.
- Erika's Birthday Party
- [Sunday 15th September 2019]
Erika's birthday party at Jackson's Lane Theatre.
- More Porcini
- [Saturday 14th September 2019]
Went to Borough Market to buy some hideously overpriced porcini (one of which turned out to be infested with maggots!). Also bought an English black truffle which seemed like comparatively good value and was in much better condition. Porcini for a late lunch and truffles with spaetzle for dinner.
- Porcini and Primrose Hill
- [Friday 13th September 2019]
Went for lunch at Olivomare as it was porcini season and they had fresh porcini on the menu. In the evening went to Primrose Hill for a late picnic with one of Erika's friends from school.
- Heron Farm
- [Thursday 12th September 2019]
Tried another vintage of the sparkling wine from Heron Farm this evening, a vineyard owned by one of the fellow attendees on my viticulture course.
- [Wednesday 11th September]
- Erika's Birthday
- [Tuesday 10th September 2019]
Just a couple of pictures from Erika's birthday today, with the party still to look forward to this coming weekend.
- [Monday 9th September 2019]
Just one picture of an amusing poster I saw at work.
- Dimsum and Shoe Shopping
- [Sunday 8th September 2019]
Went into the centre of London for dimsum at our usual haunt followed by some shoe shopping.
- Gardening and Courgette Flowers
- [Saturday 7th September 2019]
I went to Parliament Hill Farmer's Market this morning, and amongst other things bought some courgette flowers. Went with Erika in the afternoon to buy compost for the tomato plants and then in the evening fried courgette flowers for dinner.
- Pineapple and Champagne
- [Friday 6th September 2019]
Persuaded the usual suspects to come to Kentish Town for the evening, starting at the Pineapple for beer and Thai food then onto the French deli / wine bar place for some nichey small grower Champagne.
- [Thursday 5th September]
- [Wednesday 4th September]
- Back to London
- [Tuesday 3rd September 2019]
Breakfast out on the terrace of our hotel before heading back to London.
- Monday in Monaco
- [Monday 2nd September 2019]
Breakfast at our hotel, lunch at the pasta place in La Condamine market, then most of the rest of the afternoon spent back at the hotel on the beach and in the swimming pool. Dinner at Il Giardino later on.
- St. Paul de Vence to Nice to Monaco
- [Sunday 1st September 2019]
Checked out of our hotel in St. Paul de Vence and decided to get a taxi to Nice for a very early lunch at Rene Socca, then took a second taxi from there to our hotel for the next two nights in Monaco.
- Saturday in St. Paul de Vence
- [Saturday 31st August 2019]
Breakfast at our hotel, followed by a morning swim, then a stroll into town for lunch at Cafe de La Place. After lunch we walked to the Fondation Maeght to look at some sculpture, then back to the hotel for another swim. In the early evening, back into St. Paul de Vence for an early evening aperitif at Chez Andreas, then dinner at Obatik, then finishing off with gelato and aa digestif on the ramparts catching the tail end of the sunset.
- To The Cote d'Azur
- [Friday 30th August 2019]
Flew down to Nice, and then headed from the airport to St. Paul de Vence, where we'd be spending our first two nights.
- [Thursday 29th August]
- [Wednesday 28th August]
- [Tuesday 27th August]
- South Downs: Hassocks to Fulking
- [Monday 26th August 2019]
A fairly randomly planned route today, mainly chosen because I wanted a relatively short train journey and wanted to see what the pub in Fulking was like. It actually turned out to be a very pleasant walk though - despite the heat - and I took in some lesser known paths which turned out to be quite lovely.
Read more here.
- Bang Bang and Wines of England Tasting
- [Sunday 25th August 2019]
Lunch at the food hall in Bang Bang, the East Asian shopping centre in Colindale (which many years ago used to be Yaohan Plaza), followed by the Wines of England tasting at Canopy Market in Kings Cross.
Read more here.
- Camber Sands and Rye
- [Saturday 24th August 2019]
Took Erika to the beach at Camber Sands then dinner in Rye on the way back.
- Garden by Candlelight
- [Friday 23rd August 2019]
A picture of the garden by candlelight in the evening.
- Ice cream
- [Thursday 22nd August 2019]
Took Erika for a late ice cream (well sorbet) in the evening.
- [Wednesday 21st August]
- [Tuesday 20th August 2019]
Checked in on the tomatoes growing in the back garden.
- [Monday 19th August]
- [Sunday 18th August 2019]
Daytrip to Whitstable in the now time honoured tradition to sit on the balcony of one of the fishermen's huts drinking ESW.