Saturday, October 31, 2009
Reminds me of a night a full twenty two years ago that led to this engagement.
Tonight we ate roasted pumpkin seeds as a nibble, followed by spicy pumpkin soup, pumpkin gnocchi with blue cheese sauce, and a pumpkin pie for pudding. All were distinct flavour and equally delicious. We also had a bottle of 1996 Northbrook Springs, a locally produced wine which was quite delicious. Not on a par with a bottle of Ned, but certainly of a very high standard.
Friday, October 30, 2009
Had a nice bike ride with Lewis this afternoon, as the weather has been fantastic today, and the forecast for the weekend is not good... We went from Fritham towards Gorley and across to Frogham, before sweeping north towards Downton and back.
The autumn colours are at their best, and the forest was surprising full of people. Half term I guess?
Bought some nice squash and other veg at the farm shop at Birchenwood Farm in Brook, and even a few bottles of wine and cider that he makes too. Wasn't aware that Pinot Noir was grown in the New Forest, can't wait to try it out.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
I used to find this activity mildly irritating, but I just love doing it now! Miranda's going to get knocked over if she's not careful....
Posted by jonboy at 10:52 pm
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
I'm listening to 'I'll Tell my 'Ma' by Van Morrison and the Chieftans....
Posted by jonboy at 11:25 pm
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
This morning by contrast our bike ride was very wet, and rather blustery. Twice in one day would have taken the biscuit.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
This picture was taken in Denny Wood, and that pesky look is to say "C'mon Dad ...keep up!"
I'm listening to Erik Friedlander's Yakima from Block Ice and Propane
Posted by jonboy at 10:24 pm
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
After he'd done his spellings with me this morning I asked him to name me ten breeds of horse, and was surprised that he could reel off not just ten, but twenty with hardly a thought. There's something going in there.
Posted by jonboy at 9:34 pm
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
We had our afternoon cake and tea overlooking the sea, and got back to the car as it was almost getting dark.
Posted by jonboy at 8:18 pm
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Anyhow we went to Denny Wood and she cycled about 4 miles off road, and even when we got home she wanted to do more.... That's my girl.
Friday, October 16, 2009
That slightly vexed face, ...well I could explain...
Posted by jonboy at 9:41 pm
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
We went for a bike ride around the block and Miranda managed to take a rectangular route with sharp consecutive corners about twenty times before she got bored and wanted to move on. She's getting there, fast.
Fingers crossed for tonight, she's really excited about being a big girl....
Posted by jonboy at 10:30 pm
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Well you guessed, we ate the lot in three sittings. Served with a lemon and basil olive oil type sauce (I'm making that bit up as I can't remember exactly) and just too damn good to leave alone.
I'm a great fan of slow food.
Posted by jonboy at 9:12 pm
Monday, October 12, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Cadman's Pool where we watched the ducks and the birds, whilst the wind blew the leaves off the trees. Nine and a half miles and she did not complain once...trotting along with Lewis pretending to be whinnying horses!
Posted by jonboy at 6:45 pm
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Today we've been doing some more bike riding, and there have been a few firsts. She has managed to stop and get off her bike without falling over, and she has managed a few turns at the end of the street, and coming back too. We also tried cycling down to the village on two wheels but that was a bridge too far, although we did get more than half way. We are very pleased with the progress...
I love these pictures of Mipp on the rope swing, she's totally fearless.
Posted by jonboy at 4:40 pm
Thursday, October 08, 2009
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
Miranda made me laugh today. We had a delivery of a few tons of firewood which was tipped from the truck onto the drive. We'd told Miranda she could watch from the kitchen window as it's a bit dangerous as all the wood blocks career out the back onto the ground.
Anyhow I forgot about her, until she appeared with dough all over her hands and pink wellies on. "What are you doing Mip?"
"I've come to help you put it all away....!"
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
Sunday, October 04, 2009
Now you know why she's holding on!
Posted by jonboy at 9:44 pm
Saturday, October 03, 2009
Our bike ride this morning presented us with a strong headwind which Lewis complained about several times. Although it wasn't until we got back and serviced his bike that we realised his disk brake was binding.
Greg's turn for a photo today, we've not seen his face too much this month...
Friday, October 02, 2009
There was no one on the beach and when we listened (accidentally because Miranda has been fiddling with the RDS buttons again) to the traffic report it painted a tale of real woe on the Motorway. We grinned and headed home for pasties and chips.
I'm listening to Erik Truffaz - Arkhangelsk (2007)