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posted by [personal profile] tobyaw at 08:50pm on 22/04/2012 under , , ,
A week and a half off work. Kate and I started with a drive down to my parents in Nottingham, where we caught up with Beth after her holiday in Spain. She is getting used to her annual holiday with her grand-parents. 

We spent the first weekend with friends for our “Frogmarch” holiday. This time it was at White Lodge Farm, near Hingham in Norfolk. As usual I spent much of the weekend cooking. Very satisfying. Wonder where we’ll go next year?

http://www.whitelodgefarmcottages.co.uk/

Then we had a few days back in Nottingham, where I had great fun driving about in father’s new Discovery. And we had a great family dinner out at the May Sum Chinese buffet in the centre of town.  Loads of good veggie food; might become a regular destination.

http://www.maysumnottingham.co.uk/

On Thursday we came home to St Andrews, driving in our new car: a red Volvo XC70, which replaces the grey BMW 530d. Easy comfortable driving, a few years younger, better fuel economy, and it isn’t grey. What isn’t to love?

The last few days have been filled with eBaying, and watching Relic Hunter on Netflix. This evening we watched the Bahrain F1 (only the highlights, boo hiss BBC) — I know they have to edit it down, but I wish they would show the full prize giving instead of ending the prog with interview after tedious interview. 

Our next family holiday will be a week in Bute at the end of June, to mark my 40th birthday. 

Back to work tomorrow. Wonder what will be waiting for me.
location: St Andrews, Scotland
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posted by [personal profile] tobyaw at 12:55pm on 16/05/2011 under , , ,
We had a fine time at the weekend, away at Dunstan Hall in Northumbria. We felt rather cut off, as there was no mobile phone signal in the house.

The suckling pig worked well. In honour of Henry, the suckling pig that Andrew cooked back in 2002, Beth decided that this one should be named Henrietta, and it was obvious that her surname should be Dunstan (named after both the hall we were staying in and, by coincidence, the Cheshire-based butcher that supplied the pig).

Piggy piccies )
location: Dundee, Scotland
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posted by [personal profile] tobyaw at 12:55pm on 16/05/2011 under , , ,
We had a fine time at the weekend, away at Dunstan Hall in Northumbria. We felt rather cut off, as there was no mobile phone signal in the house.

The suckling pig worked well. In honour of Henry, the suckling pig that Andrew cooked back in 2002, Beth decided that this one should be named Henrietta, and it was obvious that her surname should be Dunstan (named after both the hall we were staying in and, by coincidence, the Cheshire-based butcher that supplied the pig).

Piggy piccies )
location: Dundee, Scotland
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posted by [personal profile] tobyaw at 10:19pm on 09/05/2011 under ,
We have a suckling pig on order, due to arrive on Thursday morning. Looking forward to cooking it on Saturday night.

I wonder what we’ll call this one? I feel that when cooking something with a face, it is only polite to give it a name. How else can one have a sensible conversation?

This is Henry, the last one that we cooked, pictured with Andrew back in 2002 in Paisley:

Suckling pig
location: St Andrews, Scotland
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posted by [personal profile] tobyaw at 10:19pm on 09/05/2011 under ,
We have a suckling pig on order, due to arrive on Thursday morning. Looking forward to cooking it on Saturday night.

I wonder what we’ll call this one? I feel that when cooking something with a face, it is only polite to give it a name. How else can one have a sensible conversation?

This is Henry, the last one that we cooked, pictured with Andrew back in 2002 in Paisley:

Suckling pig
location: St Andrews, Scotland
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posted by [personal profile] tobyaw at 11:04pm on 30/04/2011 under , ,
Only a couple of weeks to go until this year’s Frogmarch weekend. Looking forward to going to Northumbria in the middle of May.

I spent some time taking photos in Andrew’s garden today; as well as snaps of Andrew in some of his Eastercon costumes, I took some of Andrew and Beth wearing this year’s “Frogwear”, a cricket sweater with our logo.

 
location: St Andrews, Scotland
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posted by [personal profile] tobyaw at 11:04pm on 30/04/2011 under , ,
Only a couple of weeks to go until this year’s Frogmarch weekend. Looking forward to going to Northumbria in the middle of May.

I spent some time taking photos in Andrew’s garden today; as well as snaps of Andrew in some of his Eastercon costumes, I took some of Andrew and Beth wearing this year’s “Frogwear”, a cricket sweater with our logo.

 
location: St Andrews, Scotland
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posted by [personal profile] tobyaw at 08:16pm on 09/05/2010 under , ,

We’re back home after a weekend at Dunstan Hall near Alnwick. Andrew and I did a lot of cooking; thankfully others did much of the washing up. It was good to see old friends. There were sixteen of us at Frogmarch this year.

The house was pretty old — the tower dates back to the 1300s. The house was well equipped too, with a decent modern kitchen as well as a breakfast room with an Aga. Unfortunately the Aga wasn’t running at full temperature, but we made good use of its ovens and hobs. The music room had a splendid grand piano, and Helen provided after-dinner music for us.

Beth had a lovely time playing with the other children there, Eleanor and Matthew.

There seemed to be popular support for heading back there next year.

location: St Andrews, Scotland
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posted by [personal profile] tobyaw at 08:16pm on 09/05/2010 under , ,

We’re back home after a weekend at Dunstan Hall near Alnwick. Andrew and I did a lot of cooking; thankfully others did much of the washing up. It was good to see old friends. There were sixteen of us at Frogmarch this year.

The house was pretty old — the tower dates back to the 1300s. The house was well equipped too, with a decent modern kitchen as well as a breakfast room with an Aga. Unfortunately the Aga wasn’t running at full temperature, but we made good use of its ovens and hobs. The music room had a splendid grand piano, and Helen provided after-dinner music for us.

Beth had a lovely time playing with the other children there, Eleanor and Matthew.

There seemed to be popular support for heading back there next year.

location: St Andrews, Scotland
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posted by [personal profile] tobyaw at 11:03pm on 05/05/2010 under ,
Andrew and I did the first half of the weekend’s Frogmarch food shop this evening. Morrisons was oddly quiet at 9pm. Normally for Frogmarch we get a Tesco grocery delivery to the house we’ve rented for the weekend, but they didn’t want to deliver to rural Northumbria, so we had to do the shopping the old-fashioned way. We still have fridge and freezer stuff to get, but the bulk of the shop is done. Looking forward to a weekend of cooking!

I still need to get party food for our election-night party, but I’ll do that after work tomorrow. Kate and I will probably go and vote early tomorrow morning, so we can take Beth with us before she goes to school. I think she’ll enjoy seeing the process. Voting is at the Boys’ Brigade Hall next to the burn; I still have negative memories of the place from the years of living in a flat in Greenside Court and hearing bagpipe practice in their car park on otherwise pleasant summer evenings.
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