[Wednesday 21st June 2023]
I had booked the day off work, not knowing how much sleep I'd get at Avebury, so did some video editing in the mornng, then went out for lunch. Tried a new vegan restaurant in Camden where I had (vegan) curried goat (!).
[Sunday 18th June 2023]
As I'd grown up with parents who thought Mother's Day and Father's Day were just marketing gimmicks I've never expected Erika to observe it either, but regardless she gave me a rather sweet card, and also agreed to come for a walk on the heath with me later on. In-between we had Japanese / Korean food for lunch.
[Friday 16th June 2023]
For some reason (perhaps the hot weather?) both Chie and I wanted to have Middle Eastern food for dinner. Erika wasn't keen but begrudgingly agreed to come along to a Turkish restaurant near us. To be honest I found it overpriced and underwhelming and I wish we had listened to Erika's protestations.
[Saturday 10th June 2023]
Went for a walk in the South Downs from Chichester to Petersfield, which went a bit awry towards the end. I couldn't find a good place to camp, decided to give up and go home, but that proved to be impossible because all the trains were cancelled. So I ended up having to sleep rough after all.
[Thursday 8th June 2023]
Finally got round to going for a long overdue hygiene appointment at the dentist. To "celebrate" had lunch at Oliveto afterwards, and Chie was able to join me there.
[Monday 5th June 2023]
Once again we broke up our journey back home, had afternoon tea (for lunch) at Burford in the Cotswolds, then the girls went to visit friends near Abingdon and I went for a walk to Wittenham Clumps.
[Sunday 4th June 2023]
Headed down to Chepstow to see Louise, Bec, Dave and Jessica. Had a very pleasant picnic in the grounds of the castle. Later on back to Hay for one final night at the tower.
[Saturday 3rd June 2023]
Spent the morning wandering around Hay on Wye, then drove down to meet Robin and Robert for a pub lunch, followed by a guided tour of nearby Tretower.
Back to our lodgings in the evening for dinner and more tower antics.
[Friday 2nd June 2023]
We had quite a pleasant journey to Herefordshire, with lots of stops along the way, including Oxford Services, the tearoom at Bringsty and Weobley.
We arrived at the tower towards the end of the afternoon and spent the remainder of the day exploring around there.
[Sunday 28th May 2023]
We took advantage of the specially closed off roads (this happens once a year now) and cycled around central London this afternoon. Erika was on her new bike - the first proper outing of it really - and Chie and I hired Boris Bikes.
[Sunday 21st May 2023]
Rather a busy day, spent the morning with Mum, had a lasagne at home for lunch, then waved her off in the afternoon.
As a birthday outing for one of Erika's friends we went to the Crystal Maze Experience towards the end of the afternoon, and after that dinner at the Ivy Soho.
[Monday 8th May 2023]
Another bank holiday today (for the coronation, even though that was on Saturday). I took Erika to the zoo today. I didn't take many photos but between the two of us we did record some video.
[Wednesday 3rd May 2023]
Took delivery of some East Meon in the daytime. It seems I received the very first case of the newly released 2018 vintage, as well as the final case of the 2015 vintage. So I was very pleased with that. Also did a bit of last minute birthday present shopping for Chie later on.