London July 2020
Pictures from London in July 2020, including my two day hike to complete the Ridgeway.
Wednesday 1st July 2020
Checking on the state of the grapes in the garden.
Thursday 2nd July 2020
Received my Thermarest camping mat today.
Friday 3rd July 2020
More Camping Gear
Saturday 4th July 2020
More camping gear arrived today, and I tested out my sleeping bag with my Thermarest and bivvi bag.
Fish and Chips and Garden Picnic
Sunday 5th July 2020
Fish and chips for lunch (halloumi and chips for me) at Chie's request - yes a bit odd for a Sunday! Went out for coffee and smoothies in the afternoon. In the evening went to see local friends for a picnic in their garden.
Tuesday 7th July 2020
As practice for my upcoming camping trip, I wanted to see if I could cook ramen on my campstove using just a single fuel block.
Wednesday 8th July 2020
The windshield for my camp stove, which arrived today. Some Gevrey Chambertin in the evening.
Thursday 9th July 2020
Yet more photos of the grapes growing in the garden.
Yard Sale and Long Walk on the Heath
Saturday 11th July 2020
Today was Chie and Erika's last full day before they flew off to Japan. I took Erika round the school yard sale in the neighbourhood around midday, then a bit later in the afternoon we met up with local friends for a long walk on Hampstead Heath, where we climbed trees, built a den and generally had a lovely time.
Sunday 12th July 2020
The girls flew off to Japan today, and I did some preparation for my camping trip.
The Ridgeway: Wantage to Liddington Hill
Monday 13th July 2020
Finally, the first day of my m uch awaited two day walking and camping trip, to complete my walk along the Ridgeway National Trail, which had been on hiatus since March.
The Ridgeway: Liddington Hill to Avebury
Tuesday 14th July 2020
After a very unsuccesful night's sleep, I set out at dawn to complete the last leg of my walk along the Ridgeway.
Day of Rest
Wednesday 15th July 2020
Had a day of complete rest at home after my two days of walking.
Dinner on Ditchling Beacon
Thursday 16th July 2020
Finally made it back to the South Downs, for the first time this year. A bit of a late start as I was waiting for some new walking socks to be delivered. So it was more of a late afternoon / evening walk, but that meant I could have my dinner on the top of Ditchling Beacon, while watching the sun set.
Friday 17th July 2020
Went to The Angel in Bermondsey to watch the sunset.
Ambriel and Cardo's Carden
Saturday 18th July 2020
Went to Parliament Hill Farmer's Market this morning, on a tip off there was a stall from Ambriel selling English sparkling wine. Bought a few bottles there. Later on was invited to Cardo's garden in Maida Vale for drinks.
Sunday 19th July 2020
Went for a Sunday roast at a nearby pub.
Evening Walk to The Heath
Monday 20th July 2020
Yet another evening stroll to Hampstead Heath.
Heath with Jeremy
Tuesday 21st July 2020
Once again to Hampstead Heath this evening, this time to share a bottle of Chateau Musar with Jeremy.
Another Evening on the Heath
Wednesday 22nd July 2020
Third evening in a row on the heath! This time with a bottle of Ambriel, and stayed until it got completely dark.
Thursday 23rd July 2020
Finally ventured back to the Pineapple this evening.
Saturday 25th July 2020
Had a quiet day, stayed in and did some writing.
South Downs: Burgess Hill to Lewes
Sunday 26th July 2020
Went for a Sunday afternoon stroll in the South Downs, from Burgess Hill, via Ditchling, up Ditchling Beacon, and then along the ridge to Lewes. Dinner at the Lewes Arms which had recently reopened.
Monday 27th July 2020
Back to work after the weekend.
Once More Unto The Heath
Tuesday 28th July 2020
Another weekday evening visit to Hampstead Heath, this time to try some Black Chalk wine.
Thursday 30th July 2020
Had a Cornish pasty made with Quorn for dinner. It wasn't great but it was OK.
Out in the Garden
Friday 31st July 2020
Spent some of the evening out in the garden again.