Not far from one of my favourite little places in Cornwall, Mevagissey, there's the Lost Gardens of Heligan. We finally got to visit this year and I loved the place. They also had an exhibition remembering the Somme, as 13 of the gardeners of the Heligan Estate went to fight, but only 4 returned.
It was time for another amazing Ploughman's lunch at the Mayfly and we saw these cute little ducklings floating by. See if you can spot the trout...!
Theatre, food and great friends = springtime London fun!
Never mind that a weekend in London with my Mum cost the same as a long weekend in Europe - it's kind of what you expect anyway - and besides, we had a great time enjoying the marathon vibe and St Georges celebrations last weekend.
Lovely hotel in Kensington with a pool, so I even managed an early Sunday morning swim, excellent seats at Jersey Boys with snacks and drinks delivered to us during the interval and fab food at the Churchill Arms, said to be Churchill's Grandfather's local pub. I don't believe in doing things by halves!
So the great thing about working in London is... all the cool things you get to do after a hard day in the office. On Thursday I went to a cocktail masterclass at the Mixology Studio in Shoreditch. We made (and drank) several (Expresso Martini, Singapore Sling, Sex on the Beach and Tequila Sunrise) whilst nibbling on antipasti, before making the ultimate - the Zombie - and having a go at a team effort in the final challenge. All good fun with a little history to boot!
Pictured below is the Zombie cocktail said to have more rum in it than a pirate ship. The best bit is when you light the lime and sprinkle cinnamon on it. The sparks are amazing!
The fruity taste smooths over the high alcoholic content, making it deadly. And now, having made (and sampled) it myself, I know what Billy Connolly is talking about, when he advised his audience during his An Audience With... show back in the 80s, to try the Zombie because it's "an extraordinary concept; [the consumer gets] drunk from the bottom-up" !!!
I had a private tour and reception of the RGS in London on Thursday evening with my new employment. It was a fascinating couple of hours looking at the World's oldest atlas (I am totally geeked out on this!) and enjoying the Shackleton centenary exhibition coupled with a sneak peak of a specially curated display of Antarctic archival material.
Blogging is an amazing concept so here I am giving it a whirl. You'll get words. You'll get pics. Sometimes a vid or two. You'll get tongue in cheek, the odd humble opinion and an honest insight into my travels and writing life. Maybe even a few gems along the way. I'll be musing on home turf as I see more and more of the UK and sharing my experiences further afield on holidays and adventurous trips across the globe.