Dr John Hawkins
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- Recent Entries:
- Arty Sunday
Coldrum Long Barrow
Basmati in a Billy Can
Evening Stroll to Hampstead Heath
Negronis on Primrose Hill with Ricardo
Cider on the Heath
Olivogelo and Hampstead Heath in a Storm
Breaky Bottom 2015 Vintages
Lunch in the Garden
Lego Friends Bus
Lincoln's Inn Fields
Stove / Billy can / Cider / Park
Dinner in the garden
- Arty Sunday
- [Sunday 21st June 2020]
Had an arty/crafty day at home with Erika. Made a snow globe, some stress balls, Erika helped to make dinner, and I did a lot of cleaning after all the arty/crafy activities.
- Coldrum Long Barrow
- [Saturday 20th June 2020]
Went to Coldrum Long Barrow in Kent for the summer solstice.
- Basmati in a Billy Can
- [Friday 19th June 2020]
Used one of my camping cooking pots (I'm not sure this is technically a billy can, but close enough) to cook basmati rice. It was actually a perfect size for the amount of rice we normally cook for the three of us and it came out rather perfectly.
- [Thursday 18th June 2020]
Received a delivery of a tarp today and tried it out - first in the lounge, then later on in the garden in the rain. Also another pre-solstice walk to Hampstead Heath.
- [Wednesday 17th June 2020]
More of the same really.
- Evening Stroll to Hampstead Heath
- [Tuesday 16th June 2020]
I went for an evening stroll to Hampstead Heath, to catch a bit of the sunset, in the run-up to the summer solstice.
- Erika's Pizzeria
- [Monday 15th June 2020]
Erika made dinner this evening! She assembled a couple of pizzas for us, and very nice they were too.
- Pineapple Again
- [Sunday 14th June 2020]
Went back to the Pineapple for another takeaway pint, albeit that they were serving through the door this time, and nobody was lingering outside.
- The Pineapple
- [Saturday 13th June 2020]
The Pineapple briefly reopened for takeaway, although, alas, thanks to unsupportive neighbours this turned out to be a one weekend only thing.
Also cooked both main meals today out in the garden - a sort of pasta e fagioli for lunch, then a barbecue for dinner.
- [Friday 12th June 2020]
Some more Black Dog Hill to mark another working week over.
- [Thursday 11th June]
- [Wednesday 10th June]
- Negronis on Primrose Hill with Ricardo
- [Tuesday 9th June 2020]
Met up with Ricardo - who I hadn't seen since March - for socially distanced Negronis on Primrose Hill.
- [Monday 8th June 2020]
Ordered a Chinese takeaway this evening. The portion sizes were rather underwhelming.
- Cider on the Heath
- [Sunday 7th June 2020]
Returned to the heath for a while this afternoon - thankfully no thunderstorm this time - and sat for a while drinking cider by the Bronze Age barrow, having some much needed time by myself.
- Olivogelo and Hampstead Heath in a Storm
- [Saturday 6th June 2020]
I hired a Zipcar again today, but then dithered over where to go, and ultimately ended up just driving across London to get some gelato for Olivogelo. After coming back home and dropping off the car, I went for a walk to Hampstead Heath, and got caught in a torrential downpour.
- Breaky Bottom 2015 Vintages
- [Friday 5th June 2020]
Received a case of the newly released 2015 vintages from Breaky Bottom today, which I tried this evening.
- [Thursday 4th June]
- Lunch in the Garden
- [Wednesday 3rd June 2020]
To help break up the day a bit Erika and I cooked lunch on my little camp stove and ate it out in the garden.
- Lego Friends Bus
- [Tuesday 2nd June 2020]
I'd ordered a Lego Friends Bus for Erika, which helped to keep her entertained today between school work. Also the usual checks on the state of things in the garden later on - the orange tree was blooming.
- [Monday 1st June 2020]
Met up with one of Erika's friends for an outdoor socially distanced playdate in the late afternoon / early evening.
- Lincoln's Inn Fields
- [Sunday 31st May 2020]
Walked down to Lincoln's Inn Fields in Holborn to meet Andrew for a socially distanced picnic of Black Dog Hill and pizza. First time to meet a friend since the middle of March.
- Stove / Billy can / Cider / Park
- [Saturday 30th May 2020]
More time messing around with the stove and billy can. Went off to buy some takeaway cider in the afternoon. Took Erika to the park again later on.
- [Friday 29th May 2020]
Took Erika to the park for a bit after finishing work for the day. Pizza for dinner. Then spent the remainder of the evening playing with my new camping stove / billy can.
- [Thursday 28th May]
- Dinner in the garden
- [Wednesday 27th May 2020]
Made a pasta bake for dinner, which we ate out in the garden.
- [Tuesday 26th May]
- Bank Holiday
- [Monday 25th May 2020]
Spent the day doing various activities with Erika, from painting to playing Bananagrams out in the garden, while Chie had a rest.
- [Sunday 24th May 2020]
Spent the day at home and out in the garden.
- [Saturday 23rd May 2020]
Went out to fly a kite on Hampstead Heath in the afternoon.