Dr John Hawkins
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Greenwich and Blackheath
The Heath in the Dark
Two Trips to the Heath
Heath with Andrew
Radlett to Shenley
New Breaky Bottom
Tail End of the Sunset
- [Friday 26th November 2021]
Finished work early and went to enjoy the sunset on the heath - quite a nice one today I thought.
Erika had gone to a friend's house after school, so I picked her up on the way back. Dinner was a snacky affair as Erika had already eaten at her friend's house, and I'd had quite a big lunch of assorted leftovers.
- Greenwich and Blackheath
- [Thursday 25th November 2021]
I took the day off work today, and had planned to visit a friend down in Blackheath, but somehow we got our wires crossed a bit and ultimately didn't end up meeting. I took the train down to Blackfriars, then the boat from there (or Bankside Pier to be precise) to Greenwich, which is always nice. I walked through Greenwich Park to get to Blackheath. Have to admit I think Greenwich Park is a much nicer green space than Blackheath itself, which is a bit flat, and even with today's blue skies looked a bit bleak.
Picked up some pie and mash on my way through Greenwich which I had for lunch sat on a park bench on Blackheath, waiting to hear back from my friend who it seems didn't get any of my messages until much later in the day. Oh well.
Got the train back home after lunch, and made a lasagne for dinner. I thought it came out rather well, but Erika protested about the fact I'd used the type of fake mince she doesn't like. Ho, hum.
- [Wednesday 24th November 2021]
Yet again the heath around sunset, this time with some Gavignet in hand.
- The Heath in the Dark
- [Tuesday 23rd November 2021]
Went and sat on the heath in the dark for a bit while Erika was at her woodworking class, having ferried not only her but this time two of her friends there and back. I was in an oddly pensive mood today, there was a bit of a strange atmosphere on the heath, or maybe it was just me.
Indian food from the Tiffin Tin for dinner, our old stalwart, which was a significant improvement on yesterday's disappointment.
- Disappointing Dumplings
- [Monday 22nd November 2021]
Ordered some delivery food for dinner, but it was really disappointing. I thought we could try dim sum / dumplings for a change, but this seems to be the sort of food you really have to eat freshly made at a restaurant.
- Two Trips to the Heath
- [Sunday 21st November 2021]
Chie and Erika were still away for the weekend, and I made two trips to the heath today - one just before lunch and one late afternoon / early evening. In between a quick Sunday roast at a nearby pub.
- [Saturday 20th November]
- Heath with Andrew
- [Friday 19th November 2021]
Andrew was in my neck of the woods, so came and joined me for wine on the heath this evening. We also slightly oddly had a couple of dehydrated camping meals while there.
- [Thursday 18th November]
- [Wednesday 17th November 2021]
Chie and Erika played indoor badminton this evening.
- [Tuesday 16th November 2021]
Some Pommard on the heath while Erika was at her woodworking class. I can't say I'm really a fan of Pommard.
- [Monday 15th November 2021]
I went for a morning stroll to the heath, with a coffee, largely to try and remove some dog poo from my walking boots. In the evening Chinese food for dinner.
- Three Playdates
- [Sunday 14th November 2021]
Quite a busy day - especially for Erika - who had not one but a total of three playdates today. First at ours spanning lunch with a friend from school, then over to another friend for the afternoon (and meanwhile Chie and I went for a walk on the heath) then finally an impromptu gathering back at ours again for dinner.
- Radlett to Shenley
- [Saturday 13th November 2021]
I randomly got the train to Radlett (probably the nearest bit of countryside to home, only 23 minutes on the train) in the morning, for a short walk from there to Shenley and back again. Later on a quick glass of Fourrier's new Bourgogne Rouge on the heath. Then pizza and a movie with the girls in the evening.
Read more at John Goes for a Walk.
- Coral Room
- [Friday 12th November 2021]
For the first time in a long time had a night out with the old gang, starting off at the St Pancras Champagne Bar, then onto the Coral Room in Bloomsbury.
- [Thursday 11th November]
- Rene Leclerc
- [Wednesday 10th November 2021]
Tried some Rene Leclerc Gevrey Chambertin on the heath today - a producer Keith Floyd visited in one of his TV shows.
- New Breaky Bottom
- [Tuesday 9th November 2021]
Quickly tried the newly released Breaky Bottom on the heath while Erika was at her woodworking class.
- [Monday 8th November]
- Slavic Dinner
- [Sunday 7th November 2021]
Erika's friend's Mum invited us round for dinner to sample some Slavic cuisine. I did a bit of research on Ukranian wine, and found that Hedonism in Mayfair had quite a selection of old vintages from the Massandra winery, so I headed down there in the afternoon to pick up a bottle.
- [Saturday 6th November 2021]
Andrew happened to be in my neck of the woods, so for the first time in what seemed like forever I actually had a friend come to the flat.
- Bonfire Night
- [Friday 5th November 2021]
We were originally supposed to be all going to Parliament Hill for Bonfire Night to watch the fireworks, along with Erika's friend and her parents. As it turned out though, Erika's friend and been unwell, and as a result Erika lost interest in the idea. So I just went by myself and had a pleasant time of it regardless.
- Chateau Peyraguey
- [Thursday 4th November 2021]
Took one of the half bottles (of which I have rather a lot) of Chateau Peyragey to the heath for the sunset this evening.
- [Wednesday 3rd November]
- Tail End of the Sunset
- [Tuesday 2nd November 2021]
Headed to the heath just about in time to catch the tail end of the sunset (it's getting harder as the days get shorter).
- [Monday 1st November 2021]
Seems to be November then.
- [Sunday 31st October 2021]
We all got into the spirit of it a bit this year.