Monthly Archives: September 2010
It’s many moons until I get to see Janelle Monae in London during December but I am very pleased that I managed to get tickets.
Am I excited? What can I say? Who is Janelle? I think this says it all:
Civil rights, civil war
Hood rat, crack whore
Closet drunk, bathtub
Stepchild, freak show
Black girl, bad hair
Broad nose, cold stare
Tap shoes, Broadway
Creative black, Love song
Stupid words, erased song
Gun shots, orange house
Dead man walking with a dirty mouth
Spoiled milk, stale bread
Welfare, bubonic plague
Record deal, light bulb
Keep back kid not corporate thug
Breast cancer, common cold
HIV, lost hope
Overweight, self esteem
Misfit, broken dream
Fish tank, small bowl
Closed mind, dark hold
Cybergirl, droid control
Get away now they trying to steal your soul
Microphone, one stage
Street fight, bloody war
Instigators, third floor
Promiscuous child, broken dream
Heroin user, coke head
Final chapter, death bed
Plastic sweat, metal skin
Metallic tears, mannequin
Carefree, night club
Closet drunk, bathtub
White house, Jim Crow
Dirty lies, my regards
Janelle Monae – “Many Moons”
We returned late last night from a lovely break at home. Following our trip to Shropshire it feels that we have been off much longer – in fact it feels like we were home a week or so.
I managed to spend a decent amount of time with my parents including helping my Dad with the bumper crop in the back garden.
I also spent time helping Richard and his mum trace their family tree in Houghton Regus and checking out some luxury yachts moored in Plymouth Marina thanks to Les and John
It’s good to see everyone is well and for once the Devon weather behaved.
I’ll let my selection of photo’s do the talking…
The first half of this holiday in the Uk has been wonderful. We’ve had a great time catching up with friends, taking in new sights and enjoying lots of very tasty food.
The weather and the people have been very kind to us and our choice on holiday accommodation on the Netley Hall Estate have all been wonderful.
To save me typing it all again follow the reviews I have added to Qype to get a taster of where we have stayed and ate:
- Netley Hall – Preen’s Cottage
- Horshoe Inn – Dorrington
- The Olive Branch – Ludlow
- The Copper Kettle – Much Wenlock
- Cromwells – Shrewsbury
Shropshire truly is a lovely part of England and I don’t think words can do it any justice – take a look at my photo’s to get a glimpse into this wonderful part of the world.
Arriving in Shrewsbury on a Sunday evening is an odd thing as most places are closed. We managed to escape eating at Ask (which was packed), purely because a drunk informed us about Cromwells. Honest!
A hotel/bar/pub/restaurant with a really nice atmosphere, great friendly staff and a wonderful menu. This place was a real find.
The menu was varied and suited all our tastes (including the vegetarian in the group).
My stater was a parmesan topped pancake stuffed with Shropshire blue cheese and mushrooms – it’s sounds simple but it was delicious and very tasty.
Main was a Sunday roast – a very upmarket one. The meat was fantastically tender and simply melted in the mouth.
My Crème Brûlée dessert was aborted as the chef’s blow torch blew up. I was disappointed (as it’s a particular favourite of mine). The staff were very attentive though and offered me an orange chocolate torte was a substitute.
To be honest I only ordered dessert as I fancied the Crème Brûlée but decided to opt for the torte. I didn’t expect two portions on my plate (as an apology for the problems with my original choice). I struggled a bit to finish but finish I did!
We decided to have some wine and after deliberating were told our choice of a white Rioja was not possible as it had been removed from the menu. Apparently other customers had commented it wasn’t up to scratch so it was removed. We had a lovely demi-sec which was recommended by the bar staff and the crisp notes sat perfectly against the pepper in the gravy/beef.
If we had known about Cromwells before we would have gone sooner and possibly stayed there as the staff and the food really were top notch.
A must visit for anyone finding themselves tired or peckish in Shrewsbury!
Impromptu “lunch” leads to odd local dish being consumed by hungry pack of tourists!
Wellt hat’s what happened. We stopped in for tea and cake and were struck by how big the place was, how popular it seemed (we had acquired the only table that wasn’t booked) and how nice the food smelt.
It seems in Shropshire it’s normal to serve a chunk of meat in a buttered sandwich with gravy, roast potatoes and a Yorkshire pudding. And that’s exactly what three of the four of us had to eat and it was delicious.
Our veggie friend had a home made quiche which he reckoned was equally stunning but I never trusts the word the a vegetarian! LOL
If you find yourself wandering Wenlock Edge then head into Much Wenlock and have a bite in the the Copper Kettle – but maybe book ahead so you don’t get turned way.
Where do I start? OK… go to Ludlow on a Saturday evening and plan to eat out without booking ahead and you’ll spend ages finding a restaurant. This is what happened to us.
We eventually managed to find The Olive Branch and even though they were very busy and had lots of reserved tables we managed to get a table “laid up” for us.
This place has lots of past Egon Roney awards and has a very laid back, Bohemian menu.
The staff, if a little young, were very enthusiastic and full of energy.
The menu wasn’t extensive but there was a very good selection of dishes all of which were cooked wonderfully and the portion control was perfect.
Amongst the four covers (Chicken stuffed with Shropshire blue cheese and wrapped in smoked bacon, Lamb and Apricot pie and Vegetable tarts) we were served a selection of salads (bean, fruit and nut and traditional green leaf) as well as a selection of stir fried vegetables.
This was very novel and ensured we could pick and choose our accompaniments.
The wine selection was also very nice – the Pinot Grigo went down far too well and we managed to consume a couple bottled with ease.
It would be too easy to over look The Olive Branch but if you’re in town do yourself a favour and drop in as you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
We stayed at Netley as we had planned a weekend n Shropshire. The cottage we picked was Preens Cottage.
After some confusion about how to get onto the estate (no one told us we had to go up a drive and buzz to be let through some electric gates), we checked in after being greeted by a very polite young lady who showed me around the cottage.
The period cottages are very quaint and form part of an old stable block. The modern Walled Garden cottages are a more modern quadrangle of holiday lets.
There is plenty of amenities including the trout lake, walks, and a football pitch. You’re also a mile away from Dorrington which enables you to have a gentle stroll into the village for an excellent meal at the Horsehoes Inn.
The cottage was very modern inside but it had lots of period touches. Both bedrooms were a decent size but the table in the kitchen only had two chairs – a bot of an oversight in a cottage that sleeps four.
It was comfortable and I imagine in the winter with the open fire lit, very cosy. (There is the choice of central heating if you prefer!)
The kitchen was very well equipped with a cooker, toaster, coffee machine, dishwasher, microwave etc but there weren’t many welcoming touches. Having driven 3 – 4 hours to get there a pint of milk and some tea bags would have been a nice welcoming touch. Thankfully we packed such provisions but still bought washing up liquid and hand wash for the bathroom
Such small touches can annoy and it’s always nice to know up front whether you have to provide this yourself. We were told about the linen etc on payment but that was it.
I don’t want to sound too negative though as the cottage merely served as a base for the four of us to explore Shropshire.
You didn’t need to worry about parking though as there was a large tarmac car park in front of the cottages (which you only saw from the kitchen windows!)
We stayed at Netley Hall for a long weekend with friends and once settled into our holiday cottage decided to walk into Dorrington to find somewhere for lunch. We were all expecting quaint village pub – none of us were expecting the standard and quality of Horeshoes.
We stopped for an impromptu lunch and were immediately seated and served.
Ordering a selection of sandwiches and soup we didn’t realise how generous the portions would be nor the quality of the food.
Everything we had was of a very high quality and none of left a trace of food on our dishes.
Even the coffee was of excellent quality.
If we find ourselves in Dorrington in the future we will make sure we at least have one meal at the Horseshoes Inn.