Dr John Hawkins
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Wednesday in Devon
London to Devon
Bank Holiday Monday
Girls Back from Japan
Lebanese Food on the Heath
Avoiding Being at Home
Beyond Meat Pizza
Fungi and Foxes
Wessex Ridgeway - Tisbury to Maiden Newton - Day Two
Rainbows on the Heath
Trolley and St. James's
Dentist and Dinner at Olivo
Wessex Ridgeway - Westbury to Tisbury - Day Two
Wessex Ridgeway - Westbury to Tisbury - Day One
Haircut and the Heath
Chinese Takeaway on the Heath
Moving the Fridge
Wessex Ridgeway - Avebury to Westbury - Day Two
Wessex Ridgeway - Avebury to Westbury - Day One
Girls Off to Japan
Pineapple and Paddling Pool
Walk and Lebanese Food
- [Friday 3rd September 2021]
We left Devon in the morning to drive back to London, and on a bit of a whim - Chie's suggestion - we took a detour to stop off in Glastonbury on the way back. After a quick dash up Glastobury Tor to admire the view we went into the town centre for a browse around all the weird and wonderful shops there, and to have lunch (in a vegetarian cafe of course). It occurred to me while we were there that Glastonbury high street is probably the closest thing that exists in real life to Diagon Alley in Harry Potter - there are essentially shops selling ingredients for making potions - all sorts of strange and unusual things you certainly can't buy in our local Sainsbury's. This made for a very nice way to wile away a couple of hours, and a nice distraction from the drudgery of the driving. Although rather frustratingly when we got back in the car again Google Maps told us we still had four hours driving ahead of us - pretty much the same as it had been when we'd departed Devon in the morning, and we'd been driving for an hour and a half to get to Glastonbury!
- Dad's Birthday
- [Thursday 2nd September 2021]
Took the ferry over to Exmouth in the daytime, then a multi stage feast in the evening, with seafoody starters and English sparkling at Dad's house, then a main course at the pub down the road, then back home again for birthday cake afterwards.
- Wednesday in Devon
- [Wednesday 1st September 2021]
Alas rather grey weather today, as pretty much our entire stay in Devon was. We pretty much stayed in and around Dad's house, just making a couple of forays out on foot, towards the end of the morning to go to the local coffee place, then to see Dad's allotment, then later on in the afternoon Chie and I went to the Anchor at Cockwood for a quick pint.
- London to Devon
- [Tuesday 31st August 2021]
Drove down to Devon, stopping off at Fleet services, Woodhenge and Stonehenge en route.
- Bank Holiday Monday
- [Monday 30th August 2021]
Out for a pub lunch, then a walk to Hampstead Heath.
- Girls Back from Japan
- [Sunday 29th August 2021]
I got up very early this morning to go and pick the girls up from Japan. Mostly had a quiet day at home catching up, and I made a Sunday roast of sorts in the evening.
- [Saturday 28th August 2021]
Spent most of the morning and some of the afternoon engaged in various cleaning and household maintenance tasks - got the new fridge freezer installed, had the old one taken away, and also disposed of the cupboard at the local tip.
- Lebanese Food on the Heath
- [Friday 27th August 2021]
I fancied Lebanese food for dinner this evening, so went down to Phoenicia, our local Middle Eastern food shop, picked up an assortment of things, and took them along with some Chateau Musar to dine on the heath. That was rather nice.
- [Thursday 26th August 2021]
Removed and dismantled the cupboard the old fridge freezer had been housed in, which was quite satisfying. In the evening another foray to the heath.
- Avoiding Being at Home
- [Wednesday 25th August 2021]
Second day of the electrical works today, and once the electricians had finished I did my best to avoid being at home, as the place was a complete tip.
- [Tuesday 24th August 2021]
Had to clear out some bits of the flat today to make way for the electricians to come and do some rewiring.
- [Monday 23rd August]
- [Sunday 22nd August 2021]
Evening on the heath.
- [Saturday 21st August]
- Beyond Meat Pizza
- [Friday 20th August 2021]
For the first time in probably over a decade I had a pizza from Pizza Hut, intrigued because they had some vegan meat toppings from Beyond Meat.
- [Thursday 19th August 2021]
Old friend from work Gemma was back in the UK for a few days, so I went down to Deptford this evening to catch up with her at Andrew's house.
- Heath Again
- [Wednesday 18th August 2021]
A similar pattern to yesterday evening - a stroll on the heath earlier on in the evening followed by a visit to the Pineapple.
- Fungi and Foxes
- [Tuesday 17th August 2021]
Early evening stroll to the heath, spotted a few fungi, then later on an evening visit to the Pineapple, and spotted a fox.
- [Monday 16th August]
- Wessex Ridgeway - Tisbury to Maiden Newton - Day Two
- [Sunday 15th August 2021]
Despite the luxury of a proper campsite, yet again I only seemed to manage a couple of hours sleep, and then fell foul of the usual wet feet issue the next morning, which made for another weary and rather sore trudge on day two. I was meant to walk all the way to Maiden Newton today, but gave up at Cerne Abbas, and got a taxi the rest of the way from there.
- [Saturday 14th August]
- [Friday 13th August 2021]
Checking up on the garden.
- [Thursday 12th August]
- [Wednesday 11th August 2021]
Headed down to Whitstable for the afternoon / evening, for some wine on the balcony of one of the Fishermen's Huts with old friends.
- Vera's Birthday
- [Tuesday 10th August 2021]
Had a family zoom call to mark what would have been Vera's 102nd birthday. Looked through some of the old postcards Vera sent to us when I was a child.
- Beech Nuts
- [Monday 9th August 2021]
Some beech nuts I had picked up on Hampstead Heath yesterday.
- Rainbows on the Heath
- [Sunday 8th August 2021]
Sunday roast at the Vine, followed by a quick visit to the Southampton Arms, then wiled away the rest of the afternoon on the heath, looking at the rainbows in between the showers.
- Trolley and St. James's
- [Saturday 7th August 2021]
Went out and bought a hand trolley (sack trolley?) to help get the fridge freezer back into place in the morning. In the afternoon I felt like dim sum for lunch, but timed it badly, and ended up having ramen instead. Then a bit of a wander round some old haunts in St. James's, followed by a quick visit to Fortnum and Mason, then back to the Pineapple.
- [Friday 6th August 2021]
Rained quite a lot this evening, but I trekked up to Archway regardless as I wanted a pizza from the pizza place there.
- Dentist and Dinner at Olivo
- [Thursday 5th August 2021]
Finally went back to the dentist for a checkup after a long hiatus this afternoon, and afterwards went for a pint at the Duke of Wellington followed by dinner at Olivo.
- [Wednesday 4th August]
- [Tuesday 3rd August 2021]
Went to the Pineapple to retrieve my umbrella (which I'd left behind on a previous visit) and had some Thai food for dinner while I was there.
- [Monday 2nd August]
- Wessex Ridgeway - Westbury to Tisbury - Day Two
- [Sunday 1st August 2021]
Day two of my walk from Westbury to Tisbury.
Read more on John Goes for a Walk.
- Wessex Ridgeway - Westbury to Tisbury - Day One
- [Saturday 31st July 2021]
First day of the second chunk of the Wessex Ridgeway, from Westbury to Tisbury.
Read more on John Goes for a Walk.
- [Friday 30th July]
- Haircut and the Heath
- [Thursday 29th July 2021]
Had a hair cut in the daytime. In the evening headed off to the heath again.
- Wine Deliveries
- [Wednesday 28th July 2021]
Some wine arrived in the daytime, between heavy rain showers. In the evening I went for a stroll to the heath to catch the sunset.
- Chinese Takeaway on the Heath
- [Tuesday 27th July 2021]
Picked up some Chinese takeaway for dinner, and took it to the heath to eat.
- [Monday 26th July]
- [Sunday 25th July 2021]
Sunday roast at a nearby pub for lunch, amid a dramatic downpour.
- Moving the Fridge
- [Saturday 24th July 2021]
Finally pulled the fridge freezer out of its cabinet today, first step towards replacing it. Later on a stroll to the heath, then a visit to the Pineapple.
- Wessex Ridgeway - Avebury to Westbury - Day Two
- [Friday 23rd July 2021]
Day two of my walk, a bit of a slog after a not very satisfactory night's sleep.
Read more at John Goes for a Walk.
- Wessex Ridgeway - Avebury to Westbury - Day One
- [Thursday 22nd July 2021]
Day one of my two day walk covering the first section of the Wessex Ridgeway, from Avebury to Westbury.
Read more at John Goes for a Walk.
- Girls Off to Japan
- [Wednesday 21st July 2021]
Chie and Erika flew off to Japan for the summer holidays today, I took them to the airport in the afternoon and waved them off there. Once back in London I headed more or less straight to the Pineapple where I spent most of the rest of the evening.
- [Tuesday 20th July]
- [Monday 19th July]
- Pineapple and Paddling Pool
- [Sunday 18th July 2021]
Went for lunch at the Pineapple, then played with the paddling pool in the back garden later in the afternoon, as it was rather a hot day.
- Walk and Lebanese Food
- [Saturday 17th July 2021]
Walked to Brent Cross in the morning to meet Erika after she finished her Japanese school. In the afternoon went for lunch at a friend of Chie's in the far flung reaches of North London, although I neglected to take any photos while there. In the evening Lebanese food back at home.