Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Do you remember me?

It’s an honest question.  Do you?  For I know I have been bad, and that I haven’t been here for twelve months.  It doesn’t really seem that long, but it has been.  So I’m sorry I have not been here for some time to see you.  The past year has been very busy, both on the work and personal side.  Which sadly hasn’t given me the time.

Now I feel that the time is ready to come back and say hello, and to start again.  I’m excited and can’t wait to get back at it.  Here are a selection of photos showing what I have been up to the past twelve months.

It’s good to be back.

April 2010

It was off to Warwick Castle, with my niece and nephew training to be Knights….

Learning to be Knights at Warwick Castle   Warwick Castle

            Warwick Castle                              Learning to be Knights at Warwick Castle


The kid goats at Odds Farm Park in May were having fun and the sheep are friendly….

Kid goats at Odds Farm Park   Sheep at Odds Farm Park

A date at Whipsnade Zoo….

Bear at Whipsnade Zoo    Baby Elephant at Whipsnade Zoo

Smoke through Trees    Rhino at Whipsnade Zoo


One of my all time ambitions fulfilled – dinner at The Fat Duck (I so want to go back)….

The Fat Duck    Lime Grove - Green Tea and Lime Mousse getting ready to be poached in Liquid Nitrogen    Lime Grove - Nitro Poached Green Tea and Lime Mousse

Red Cabbage Gazpacho - Pommery Grain Mustard Ice Cream   Jelly of Quail, Crayfish Cream - Chicken Liver Parfait, Oak Moss and Truffle Toast

A thin film, that dissolved on your tounge and tasted of Oak Moss   Snail Porridge - Jabugo Ham, Shaved Fennel

Roast Foie Gras - Goosberry, Braised Konbu and Crab Biscuit   Mock Turtle Soup - "Mad Hatter Tea" - The gold pocket watch

Mock Turtle Soup - "Mad Hatter Tea" - Pork Cheek and selection of vegetables   Mock Turtle Soup - "Mad Hatter Tea" - Gold pocket watch placed to hot water to dissolve

Mock Turtle Soup - "Mad Hatter Tea" - Pour the dissolved stock into your bowl   The Fat Duck Wine List

"Sound of the Sea" - Shell with an Ipod in it, paying the sound of the sea                    The Sound of the Sea  

Salmon Poached in Liquorice - Artichoke, Vanilla Mayonnaise, Golden Trout Roe and Manni Olive Oil   Me at The Fat Duck

Powdered Anjou Pigeon - Blood Pudding, Potted Umbles, Spelt and Pickles   Potted Umbles

Hot & Iced Tea   Taffety Tart - Caramelized Apple, Fennel, Rose and Candied Lemon with Blackcurrant Sorbet

               The BFG - Black Forest Gateau - Before eating you had to spray the smell of the Black Forest in front of you                       Whisk(e)y Wine Gums

                                                   Like a Kid in a Sweet Shop

It was also my 30th Birthday BBQ….

 30th Birthday BBQ   30th Birthday BBQ


A trip to The Bridge with my nephew….

Stamford Bridge - The Pride of London!   My nephew with the Premier Leauge Trophy and FA Cup


A holiday to Northumberland in a beautiful coach house we rented….

Purdy waiting at the door   Bamburgh Castle   Purdy on Bamburgh Beach

Bamburgh Beach   Disney playing on Bamburgh Beach   Craster

Craster   126 Craster   Smokehouse at Craster



It’s not Halloween unless you have a pumpkin or two….

Pumpkin Carving   Spongebob Pumpkin


I got my hands on the book “A Slice of Cherry Pie” and baked the delicious Christmas Cookies from page 188….

 A Slice of Cherry Pie Cookbook   Christmas Cookies from A Slice of Cherry Pie

We had a “little” bit of snow….

Snowing in the garden   DSC_0100

And it was Christmas….

                Christmas Day                                      Christmas Day

March 2011

It was a touch foggy up at The Lion Inn on Blakey Ridge in the North Yorkshire Moors….

Foggy at Blakey Ridge    Foogy at Blakey Ridge

But bright at the Tropical World at Roundhay Park in Leeds….

Butterfly   Butterfly

Exotic Duck   Terrapin

Lizard   Birds at Tropical World

Colourful Duck Feathers   Butterfly

Baby meerkats playing   Exotic Duck

Exotic Duck   Skull

Crocus' at Roundhay Park   Butterfly   Seagulls

Always fun at the beach, this ones at Bridlington….

Kasabian in the sea   Kasabian running on the beach

Mia looking at the Sea    Paul on the beach     Kasabian


Off to Cotswold Wildlife Park, not been there since I was at school and on a trip….

Ring Tailed Lemur   Lion

Wolf through the trees    Red Panda    DSC_0036

Penguin    Macaw    Duck

Daffodils   Rhino

                  Spring Flowers                    Red Panda


  1. If you're asking honestly, no I didn't... I wondered what this blog was that I didn't recognise but was showing up in my RSS feed reader!

    But glad you're back to blogging. Hope the last year has been good to you. Look forward to following again.


  2. Thanks Kavey!! Haha - yep it was an honhest question. Looking forward to getting back at it.

  3. Looking good mate.
    Busy year so far then :)

  4. Such and enjoyable journey through your past adventures. You made me miss England. I always love a visit to Warwich Castle. In fact, I love visiting as many castles as possible when we visit England.
    Good to have you back.

  5. Hand on heart, yes I do remember you :)
    You sure have had a busy year. Enjoyed looking at your photographs, especially the skipping kids and the dog (September)! Funny you mention Bridlington Beach I was there last month

    Anyway, Nice to have you back in blogging world.

  6. Thanks Stuart

    I like visiting castles too Joanne - imagining what happened many years ago in them.

    Thanks Mangocheeks - I love Yorkshire, one of my favourite places. We go several times a year to visit family, and usually go to Whitby or Scarborough once a year. I'll be reading those posts shortly that you put up.

  7. Good lord! That is one mega post. Hmm, wonder what it'd look like if I only blogged once a year ;)

  8. theundergroundrestaurant - yeah, I wasn't expecting it to be that long. If it had lots of words I think it would have been boring, so I thought I would do it with pictures.