It seems like ages. Well, it has been really.. I’ve not managed a post since before Christmas, even though I’ve been on holiday. I seem to have been flat out every day… such is life I suppose.
Anyway, we had a quiet and relaxing (?) holiday. Jobs were done around the house and garden, although the list seems to lengthen rather than shorten. The redecoration continues apace, is really making a difference and works on the outbuildings and garden in general, slowly take shape.
One job of import I did manage to complete was that of having the BGT inspected to enable me to apply for my FIVA certificate so we can enter the Winter Trial which starts at the end of the month. Car preparation is a little slower… but should be sorted in time. More on this later.
For New Year we headed down to Watergate Bay in Cornwall with the Fisherman and his family and friends and had a top time despite the apalling gales and horizontal rain. True to Cornish form, the weather improved the day we left…
Anyway, whilst there we managed one walk on the beach before the rain came down again, an aftenoon shopping in Truro (awful) and several memorable meals.
First was lunch at Fifteen Cornwall which is adjacent to the hotel, perched above the beach with stunning views out across what was a very wild seascape. Food was OK.. the Antipasti impressed, the Wild Garlic soup was good, but the Truffle Risotto was dissappointing, despite the Fisherman’s complaints and an extra grating of the white gold.
Dinners in the hotel were mostly good – beef excepted – and with wine generally from the Fisherman’s own selection we drank well. New Years Eve was a black tie blur with much dancing as evidence I had too much to drink. Funny how good booze and sea air = no hangover.
Next was an indulgent lunch at The Seafood Restaurant in Padstow. A Rick Stein restaurant, we have been many times and it never fails to impress. Ash was somewhat overwhelmed by the Fruits de Mer – not sure how many 10 year olds would tackle the mix of mussels, crab, clams, whelks, razor clams, prawns, langoustines shrimp and oysters, but she did very well. I had a splendid Turbot with Hollandaise and we shared a 1999 Puligny Montrachet from Leflaive. Very agreeable.
Finally on the 2nd we had to join the exodus along the A30 north east and back to Wiltshire and then onto London and the prospect of getting back to work after 10 days away. Sigh.
Happy New Year
Wishing you all the very best
for a relaxing and enjoyable Chrstmas
and a happy, healthy and