London March 2019
March 2019
Pictures from London in March 2019.
John's Pictures

ESW Pretige Cuvee Tasting
Saturday 2nd March 2019
Did a tasting of three English Sparkling Wine "Prestige Cuvees" (i.e. the really expensive bottles!) - Kit's Coty Coeur de Cuvee, Sugrue Pierre Cuvee Brendan O' Regan, and Nyetimber 1086 rose.
Cherry Blossom
Sunday 3rd March 2019
Finally the first few cherry blossoms have fully bloomed.
Vinegrowing Course Day 4
Monday 4th March 2019
Down to Haywards Heath / Scaynes Hill for the fourth day of my vinegrowing course. Today largely focusing on trellising systems, we also practiced tying down out in the vineyard.
Wednesday 6th March 2019
Random photos from a weekday evening.
World Book Day Film Night
Thursday 7th March 2019
Erika had a film night at school this evening (slightly confusingly to mark World Book Day), which amazingly parents were not required to attend. So Chie and I went for dinner at our local vegetarian restaurant while Erika was watching the film with her friends.
Friday 8th March 2019
Went down to Fleet Street to meet Andrew and Jim after work for a quick drink at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, followed by the Old Bank of England.
Laksa and Party
Saturday 9th March 2019
Tried the laksa at Sambal Shiok for lunch, then took Erika to her friend's birthday party afterwards.
Shanghai Modern and Birthday Cake
Sunday 10th March 2019
I went for lunch to Shanghai Modern, a new Chinese restaurant in Chinatown. As it was Erika's half birthday later on we defrosted some of the leftover cake from her birthday party and had it for dessert.
Chinese Food in Queensway
Monday 11th March 2019
Went to meet Chie and Erika after Erika's ice skating lesson in Queensway, and had dinner at a nearby Chinese restaurant.
Sussex Drinking Song and Mock Pork
Tuesday 12th March 2019
Spent some time in the evening trying to figure out what the original tune to the Sussex Drinking Song from Hilaire Belloc's The Four Men was. Tried some tinned mock pork with ho fun noodles for lunch.
Cheltenham Festival
Wednesday 13th March 2019
Dragged Ricardo along to the Cheltenham Festival.
Friday 15th March 2019
Had some local friends round for early evening birthday drinks.
Saturday 16th March 2019
Checked the buds in the garden.
Sunday 17th March 2019
Just one picture, of one of Erika's drawings.
Monday 18th March 2019
Just one picture of the moon through the cherry blossom tree on a street near where we live.
Egyptian Dancing
Wednesday 20th March 2019
Went to Erika's school to see a display of Egyptian dancing and drumming.
Tumble Dryer and Chapel Down Shareholder Pack
Thursday 21st March 2019
New tumble dryer installed today. Also received my shareholder pack from Chapel Down.
Plumpton to Lewes
Saturday 23rd March 2019
I did a short walk in the South Downs today from Plumpton to Lewes. In the evening Erika made dinner for us!
Boiler, Pineapple, Afternoon Tea with Mum
Sunday 24th March 2019
The boiler broke down this morning - first time we've had any trouble with it since we moved in four years ago. Attempted to fix it but couldn't manage to, so in frustration gave up and went to the Pineapple. Later on in the afternoon briefly met Mum for afternoon tea at Fortnum and Mason in St Pancras as she was passing through on her way back from Guildford.
Boiler Fixed and Sussec Dialect
Monday 25th March 2019
Got a plumber round who fixed the boiler in about two minutes (it needed a special key, not a screwdriver). Also the book of Sussex Dialect I'd ordered arrived today.
Harley Street
Tuesday 26th March 2019
I had a doctors appointment on Harley Street, after which I went for an early evening wander.
Wednesday 27th March 2019
Checked the garden in the morning. Another doctor's appointment at the end of the afternoon, this time in St John's Wood, after which I went for an early evening stroll across Regents Park and Primrose Hill.
ESW and Science Show
Thursday 28th March 2019
A couple of bottles of ESW for the next tasting session arrived today. Also tried the "pet nat" I'd bought yesterday (didn't like it!). Later on went to the science show at Erika's school.
TGIF and Wahaca
Friday 29th March 2019
Had a quick end-of-the-week drink at work with the usual suspects - haven't done this for a while - and we were encouraged by discovering that we had another office building near the one most of us are based in where we are actually allowed to take drinks out onto the balcony. Later on I took Erika to Wahaca for dinner.
Saturday 30th March 2019
Erika opened her easter egg, I trimmed the hedge, we had lunch at the Pineapple, then for dinner we made pizza.
Sunday 31st March 2019
Late afternoon / early evening wander around Hampstead while Erika was at the cinema with a friend. By chance caught some Morris Dancing.