Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Just Mooching

Today I'm stuck indoors waiting for our new bathroom 'vanity unit' plus basin to be delivered. It sounds very grand for what is essentially a cupboard. The delivery time is specified as anywhere between 7:30am-5pm, so quite a range really. I've decided that it's probably a good opportunity to muck the house out but, before I start on that joyful task, I thought I'd take half an hour to drink my breakfast smoothie and clear my camera. Last time I did this, I managed to knock said smoothie over, spilling forest berry coloured fluid all over the carpet, so I'm being extra careful today!

Not a lot has gone on in the past few weeks. I drove L and all her belongings to her new flat in London. This was easier said than done. Not the actual driving - that went surprisingly smoothly, it was the parking that was the issue. Finsbury Park seems to be mostly permit holders only, so we had to park illegally whilst we threw everything into the hallway and then drive to the park itself and walk back to sort it all out. We had lunch in the little cafe and then walked around the lake. It was lovely and we were surprised to see 2 cormorants (at least I think that's what they are) fishing. There were terrapins too, which were so still that initially we thought that they were models. Apparently, some London parks are having to remove terrapins from their ponds as they can attack the ducklings. These didn't look active enough to catch anything, but maybe they lull things into a false sense of security before pouncing.

Last week was our local appley jamboree. Actually, I shouldn't poke fun at it, I just can't help comparing it to the Apple Day at the Botanical Gardens in Cambridge which was magnificent. This year, ours had grown to 2 stalls and a juice pressing bar in the market square! To be fair, the pressing was actually quite fun to watch and I'm sure that the local pigs enjoyed the left over pulp.

The market place was also home to a French Market last week. I had a little pootle round and everyone was very friendly but I didn't buy anything. The cheeses looked yummy, but R and I have turned vegan for 'Stoptober', so I resisted those. I was also quite tempted by their baskets, but closer inspection revealed that they were made in Madagascar which, despite their history, didn't seem quite in the spirit of the thing. 

R and I went to the cinema to see a screening of Hamlet starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Did anyone else catch this? It was brilliant. A few years ago, we took the girls to Stratford Upon Avon to see David Tennant in the role and I though that his performance would take some beating, but this was even better. I especially loved the part where he is dressed as a soldier, playing in a fort. The only slight dampener was when we realized that there was a school trip from the girls' old school there and we found ourselves sitting next to their English teachers. I had to try very hard not to fidget!
Last weekend, R and I went for a little brum in Bridget the Midget. We didn't have a destination in mind, but suddenly found ourselves driving by the Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery. Well, it would have been rude not to have gone in!
It was actually very popular, with far more people learning about gin on a Sunday afternoon than you would have expected. For the admission price, you received a tour of the distillery, including the glass houses where they grow examples of the botanicals used, and a gin cocktail in the bar, made for you personally to match the smells which had appealed to you most in the aroma testing room.

In the aroma room, you picked up a card and had to punch between 3 and 7 holes in it by the names of the botanicals that you preferred. R could only find one that he actually liked, although he was rather partial to the smell of the hand gel that we had to apply before entering the distillation room!
Here are our cocktails. Mine was a mixture of gin and prosecco and R's was gin, lemon and something else which I forget now. Whilst it was quite fun smelling the botanicals, we both agreed that we would have preferred just an ordinary G&T! R only had a taste of his anyway as he was driving.
Well, that's all for this week. Sadly, there's no sign of the delivery van yet, so there's nothing else for it - I'll have to get the vac out and make a start! Have a good week.
Toodle Pip for now. x


  1. I get grumpy having to wait in all day for a delivery. Not sure how these companies continue to get away with that kind of service. Hope it's arrived by now.

    Well done on resisting cheese. It's my weakness. We went to the Bombay place too, really interesting tour and I loved doing the cards. I prefer London dry gin tho!

    Finsbury Park, brings back memories. I hope she'll be very happy there (and get a resident's permit for you for next time!). I chuckled at the thought of terrapins lulling things and then pouncing on them :o)

    How is Hamish? Has he renovated any more cardboard boxes recently? :o) xx

  2. Deliveries �� I've just had to pop out, and guess when my delivery came. Yep, just as I was out. I had one the other day that was any time between 7am and 10pm!! Xx

  3. Hope your delivery has happened by now :) Finsbury Park sounds like a lovely place with a park and a pond. Hopefully your daughter settles quickly. I always find it takes a few days to adjust when everyone is away. I’m still in cooking for large numbers so end up having to freeze half. I’m not a gin drinker but I like the sound of the botanical bit; sounds fascinating. Have a good week. B x

  4. I used to live in Muswell Hill and would often visit friends in Finsbury Park. Happy days. I do admire you for going vegan for a month. I'm always in awe of people who can just decide to give up or go without something and carry it through. I never manage it.
    Leanne xx

  5. Glad that L is sorted, I hope she is happy in her new flat, the area sounds nice. When we had the narrowboat we constantly came across ducklings and moorhen chicks that had legs snapped off by terrapins, people are constantly dumping them in lakes and canals, they can live until they are sixty and wreak havoc meanwhile. We had to stop taking them at the rescue as so many were brought in. Love the cormorant. Good luck with the vegan month, it can be hard to find decent vegan cheese but there are some out there. I loved my gin tasting session.xxx

  6. I like the idea of mooching and having a little pootle round, you seem to get quite a lot done.

  7. I hope your unit arrived and you are happy with it. Enjoy reading about your various day trips. Parking in any big city is a nightmare these days. Tel Aviv is also permit only and I am always scared to leave the car anywhere in case I get a ticket.

  8. You clearly had a great time pootling! I love gin, I tasted a delicious rhubarb and ginger one the other day, it was soooooooo good!