Monthly Archives: July 2011
Following dinner we took the short drive over to Brightlingsea where we enjoyed a lovely summers evening stroll.
This is my favourite shot – click it to see more
I then made my way along the Thames with my trusty PEN in hand snapping whatever caught my eye.
I soon made my way to the Tate Modern where I met up with some friends and we sampled the delights of the Miro exhibition. Lots of conversation and consternation was had whilst viewing this surrealist work but I have to say I did enjoy it.
I prefer Miros works around the time of “Women with flock of birds” – the busy, complicated geometric forms which fill the page and make you study the forms to truly understand the picture. Some of the larger canvases although vast and mostly void of too much content were impressive, I was still drawn back to the smaller complex works.
Following the exhibition we headed off to Bar @ 1 in Soho where we all made the most of the cocktails and the happy hour offer. I had a minor diversion before meeting the others and was amazed how quickly they had polished off the first three rounds. I had some catching up to do and Tom Collins came to my rescue!
An inebriated walk lead us to the other side of Bond Street and Christopher Place where we enjoyed a very tasty and delightful (if a little rowdy) meal at Auberge.
A wonderful way to spend a Saturday… Long may the sun continue to shine.
To see more photographs from my stroll down the Thames please click here.
Later heading home but an interesting day.
Thought provoking films and books fill my head with ideas, memories, loss, hopes and dreams.
When we were thinking of buying the sales woman mentioned meadows etc which were on the actual development but we have not had the chance to investigate. Thankfully the route isn’t signposted (so it keeps out the riff raff) yet it does have a substantial passageway to it…
Literally a 5 minute walk from the house and you find yourself at a secluded entrance to what looks like a dodgy subway under the railway line – walk through it’s grim interior (although much nicer than most subways I have ever encountered) and you find yourself at a set of country gates and the entrance to Cymbeline Meadows and Charter Wood.
As I mentioned before I am both impressed and proud by the effort that Colchester and Essex council go to to preserve such spots and I am especially impressed that this one is within spitting distance.
On Tuesday morning Richard and I were lucky enough to spy Monkjack deer from the window of our kitchen and wondered where they came from… Now we know! Passed the wood outside the house, across the railway and you have miles upon miles of open meadow and protected Oak wood which rolls into farm land.This is a real beauty spot and just ambling around we managed to cover 2 miles.
I say 2 miles as you can see from the map the start and end points are different – this is because I didn’t start the GPS tracker until we had already embarked on our walk!
The End point gives a good idea of the area as our house (and indeed no roads etc) are listed as it’s so new.
We saw all manner of trees, flowers, insects etc but best of all we saw very few people. This really does seem like a haven on our doorstep (although I wouldn’t venture down the subway on our own).
I have no doubt we will be spending more time taking walks, especially as we enter Autumn. What a lovely way to spend an autumnal morning…
Next time I am walking past the Meadow towards the station I can be grateful that it is just a stones throw from the station and our house.
As we have completed some work on the house and had a few changes such as our new sofa, the tiling we have put up in the kitchen etc., I thought I would record another video so that you can take an additional tour around our new home.
I hope you enjoy the walk through.
If you missed the original tour you can watch it here.
We visited Cambridge to do some shopping and decided a leisurely lunch was in order to start the day off.
We’ve walked down Kings Parade many times and I have never seen this place before. It caught our eye and we stepped in for a table.
Apart from the waiter who greeted us who seemed to want only those who had booked to enter, we were treated to good service. The Chop House was busy but not packed.
The menu is varied and obviously created for meat lovers with dishes such as chops (duh!), roast dinners and suet puddings.
We had three courses and everything we ate was lovely. I had Carrot and Coriander Soup followed by Half a Roast Chicken with traditional Roast (I couldn’t eat any more). My other half had Ham Hock, Lamb Suet Pudding with Horseradish Mash and Sticky Toffee Pudding.
First off I have to say that the food is brilliant – it is so well cooked, wonderfully presented and you can tell only the best ingredients are used as every course is packed with flavour.
Secondly portions are rather large. Probably not a problem for the table of American Academics across from us but we struggled. The portions are generous but not grotesque.
Depending on where you sit you could be at ground level or in the basement in the old kitchens or the cellar. We were seated at the back in the old cellar and it was very cool and intimate – especially on such a particularly hot and busy day in Cambridge.
The service was excellent – nothing was too much trouble for our waitress. She was polite and very helpful throughout – something that earned her a good tip.
If you find yourself hungry in central Cambridge I can highly recommend the Cambridge Chop House… now we need to check out the other restaurants that are part of the “Cambridge Food Company”.
We just moved to the area and whilst on a drive to Cambridge saw this place and thought we’d give it a go.
It has traditional opening hours and even though is part of a brewery chain, still feels locally run and independent.
The draw for us with the Sunday Carvery which didn’t disappoint. We booked as we were not sure how busy they got and was glad we did. They weren’t packed but were busy enough. I think larger groups should book in advance.
The standard menu has a good variety and those who ordered from it enjoyed what they had.
The roast was a selection of Beef or Turkey and both were cooked very well. There was the usual selection of vegetables on offer which meant you could fill your plate and fill up quite quickly!
We managed to wolf down our roast dinner very quickly and managed room for traditional desserts such as Lemon Meringue and Spotted Dick.
The service was very friendly and the cost was very good too for the standard of food available.
My only criticism is that the food was not pipping hot. I know that’s difficult with carvery as everything sits around under heat lamps but maybe they could make the food just a shade hotter.
It’s a minor criticism though as we had a lovely lunch.
A nice pub with a friendly atmosphere. Nice to visit if you’re in the area.
I cannot believe that after such a drought of good music, my ear drums have been greeted with several albums worth of gloriousness.
You will already have seen my enthusiam for Foster the People and Metronomy, this of course comes on the back of the great new album Adulthood from Cocknbullkid and the great new single Talk Talk Talk by Darren Hayes.
Imagine my joy when I was recommended a couple of other gems… The first is Junior Boys with their new album It’s All True which really is a piece of electro genius.
I am very pleased to have discovered Miami Horror through Shazam app on my iPhone. I heard them somewhere and Shazamed them and within 5 minutes had the excellent track Holidays on my iPhone. I liked it so much I ended up purchasing the album Illumination.
Now I’ve done the leg work and the recommendations – all you have to do is click the links and have a listen from yourself. WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?