Wednesday, 28 July 2010

We've been to Scotland for the weekend

... And to Durham and to Berwick and to Bamburgh

And along the way:

* We had wine

In the Fox and Pheasant, Durham for lunch

In the Goblin Ha', Gifford for dinner

   and there was food

Cheesy garlic bread.  Nom!

Hooooooooge big chips

And a home grown Sunday dinner

* We caught up with family

Cousin Ruth

And Cousin Jo

   and made new friends

Not-quite Cousin Richard sharing his champagne

Our new horsey friend

* We found a hill fort

It was just there, alongside the road heading towards Dunbar

* There were bridges

The old road bridge, Berwick upon Tweed

The railway viaduct, Berwick

   and castles

Bamburgh Castle
Taking pot shots at the Farne Islands :-)

   and mementi mori

Scottish graveyards are remarkably morbid!

* And there was a beautiful wedding:

Cousin James and his beautiful bride, Kimberley
This is our kind of Rolls - it was dispensing ice cream and chocolate!
Nom!  Cake

Congratulations to James and Kimberley

It was a fabulous time.

We're a bit tired now, though.  We might have to have a good long nap before we do anything else.  But first - a cup of tea and a biscuit perhaps

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

We've met Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall!!!

We have, we have.  Look:

He gave us some of his cider and everything.

It was sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo exciting!!!

It all came about because Frannie, our human's mother, likes food very nearly as much as we do so she took out membership on the River Cottage website so she could improve and develop her growing, making and cooking skills - we assume to indulge us.  One of the advantages of this membership is that you get invited to things at the River Cottage headquarters on the Dorset/Devon border.

Alas - we don't live anywhere near Dorset.  Or Devon.

But when Frannie got an invitation to the members' summer party she declared that we would all go.  And so we did.  We made a whole weekend of it.

A food weekend.

We had dinner on Friday night in a 16th century pub

The Bottle Inn

There was lots of delicious food and wine. And some very nice people in the pub.  It was a lovely evening.

But we were tired, for we had travelled a long way to get here.  And there was an exciting day in prospect on Saturday.  So we went back to our B&B out in the Devon countryside and had a nice early night with lots and lots of sleeping.

There were deer in the fields.  And rabbits.

Saturday saw us out exploring in Devon.  We had lunch here:

The Thatched Tavern

And then it was time for the main excitement.  Dinner at Park Farm, near Lyme Regis.  The River Cottage HQ!!

It was lovely.  We went down onto the farm in a trailer, pulled by a tractor.

And there were lots of gardens and terraces and a beautiful farmhouse.

Dinner was in a marquee decorated with butterflies.

We met those very nice people from the pub again.  Spookily - they were sat right next to us at dinner.  In pre-assigned seats. We think they might be some new friends.  The food gods must surely want us to get to know each other?

And the delightful Hugh FW was - well, just delightful.

(But trust Sleepy to get the cider!!!!)

And the foodie things didn't stop there.  Because on Sunday we went to Lyme Regis for Sunday lunch in a pub with the Lovely Farishta.

And then we came home.  For a nice long doze in Frannie's spare armchair.  It was a wonderful and very exciting weekend.  But all that food and delightfulness (and EXERCISE) has left us extremely tired

The photos are all here .  There are LOTS!!!!!!!!!