Saturday 25th April 2020
A much more successful barbecue than the previous one this evening!
London April 2020
Flowers on the raspberry bush.
Although also ants...
Aphids on the rose bush.
Taken by accident presumably?
A bit like a forget me not?
Not sure what this is.
First sign of apples!
Inflorescences on the grape vines.
Flowers on the blueberry bush.
Erika doing some nature photography with the tripod.
The garden tap, of which I am inexplicably fond.
Erika's pink watering can.
Self timer shot of the three of us.
A bee on the bluebells.
The "bonus" bottle I had ordered along with the two still Pinot Noirs for Welsh Wine Night yesterday - I thought this would make a good barbecue wine.
It was summery and lovely.
Kept in the shade under a cloth to avoid the peril of light strike!
Lit the barbecue.
Burgers and a leek.
Halloumi and peppers.
We had eaten by this point but wanted to do something with the residual heat, so put some potatoes on to bake, an onion and a kettle pot to boil.
I thought the kettle might do better placed directly on the coals.
Erika eventually opted to go inside and watch some telly, but Chie and I were keen to stay outside and continue to play with the barbecue.
Baked potatoes. These worked pretty well.
Eventually I got out my Biolite stove and transferred some of the remaining charcoals into it.
Interestingly this produced a decent heat for boiling the kettle, but charcoals don't produce flame, so it didn't really generate any electricity presumably because the heat probe is a bit too high up.
Still it was very nice to sit there with the warm glowing coals.
Still glowing nearly four hours after lighting the barbecue!
Some attempts at astrophotography. These are always going to be challenging with all the light pollution in London but I don't think this is entirely awful. I like that purple-ish woosh, whatever that is.
A streetlight adding some interest here.
Astrophotography with the vines in the foreground.