London July 2021
Pictures from London in July 2021.
Thursday 1st July 2021
Felt out of sorts again today, so took the afternoon off and went and sat outside the Pineapple. Helped out with one of their beer deliveries while I was there. Well, sort of.
Blue Peter Badge
Friday 2nd July 2021
Erika got her Blue Peter badge today!
Saturday 3rd July 2021
Just one photo of some raspberries from our garden.
Sunday 4th July 2021
Fairly quiet family Sunday. Went to a local park to play catch for a bit in the afternoon, then went for ice cream.
Erika's Sports Day and Walking the River Fleet
Tuesday 6th July 2021
Took the day off, to go and watch Erika's sports day in the morning, and spent the rest of the day tracing the course of the river Fleet, which runs (mostly underground) from Hampstead Heath to the Thames at Blackfriars.
Wednesday 7th July 2021
Received a parcel of lightweight outdoors stuff today, ordered in preparation for summer walking expeditions. This included a new lighter weight / higher capacity backpack, an ultralight weight sleeping quilt (alternative to a conventional sleeping bag) and an ultra lightweight / compact insulated jacket filled with "Aerogel" - the lightest solid substance known to man, apparently.
Thursday 8th July 2021
Gevrey Chambertin on the heath, and later on set up my new camping "sleep system".
Friday 9th July 2021
Bumped into Jeremy this afternoon, whi I hadn't seen for a while, and we arranged to go for a late evening drink on the heath which turned out to be rather delightful.
Saturday 10th July 2021
Had a surprisingly nice day out, considering we didn't decide what to do until the morning. We drove to Haringey first, for Cig Kofte (a Turkish dish I had been learning about at work recently) and Gozleme for lunch. Then from there we motored to Epping Forest - the first time we'd been there - for a wander around, and a coffee / hot chocolate break in Loughton Camp, a Bronze Age hill fort.
Escaping the Kickety Balling
Sunday 11th July 2021
The whole country seemed to be obsessed with watching a bunch of grown men running round a field propelling a spherical object with their feet this evening. I wanted to get as far away from the madness as I easily could, so went to the heath.
Tuesday 13th July 2021
...except they're still not blue yet.
Wednesday 14th July 2021
A bit more time out in the garden in the early evening.
What a Difference Two Days Make
Friday 16th July 2021
Finally some ripe blueberries in the garden! Also went for a late evening stroll to the heath after Erika went to bed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sunday 25th July 2021
Sunday roast at a nearby pub for lunch, amid a dramatic downpour.
Chinese Takeaway on the Heath
Tuesday 27th July 2021
Picked up some Chinese takeaway for dinner, and took it to the heath to eat.
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.
Haircut and the Heath
Thursday 29th July 2021
Had a hair cut in the daytime. In the evening headed off to the heath again.
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.