Burns Night

It is the 25th January and we are celebrating the birthday of the great Scottish bard himself. We meet with a group of friends and have “Cock-a-leekie” soup, followed by Haggis with tatties and neeps. All washed down by copious amounts of whiskey. An entertaining evening.

New Year’s Eve

We are having a small party tonight (11 people) and each one is bringing a dish. We spent the evening talking, drinking and playing games and are surprised that it is already close to midnight. We wish all our friends and family a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.

The Blind Fiddler – Anstey

Another weekend coming up and this time is is a visit to “The Blind Fiddler” in Anstey. We have read many good reviews about this pub, Tucked away in deepest Hertfordshire we arrived at 8pm on a dark, wet  and windy evening and were greeted by open fire and reasonable busy pub. We ordered the meat platter from the smoker which was a delight to eat. Succulent meat and huge portion. We certainly will come back here in the future.

 

Hare and Hounds – Caribbean Evening

We cycle to the Hare and Hounds this evening and enjoy the Caribbean Evening. We are welcomed by Mojitos and enjoy these so much we have some more. We then order the Caribbean platter which is a delightful meal comprising Coconut rice, kebabs, bean stew, patties and a small salad. We then enjoy a game of sequence which was brought along by John.

Chilford Hall – Tea and Wine

We are visiting the Chilford Hall vineyards today with a view to learn more about UK wine production, to sample some wines and to have a cream tea afterwards. The weather is pleasant enough and when we arrive we have a chat with other people in the cafe. We then have a 20 min gentle stroll to the vineyard where we are told most of the ins and outs of wine production.

We then have a walk through the barns where the grapes a pressed, fermented and bottled.

We then have a wine tasting session where we are presented with 5 white wines. Some are better than others and decide to buy a bottle for a special occasion.

We finish with a cream tea which included sandwiches, scones and petit fours. An enjoyable afternoon.

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