I was invited to lunch at East Hoathly, so looking at the route I took last time I decided to make a few changes and to cycle it in an anticlockwise direction – keeping my fingers crossed that I would make it in time for pudding at least.
It was also a chance to try out a new saddle – which I had ordered up after my ordeal cycling from Winchester. It declared itself to be a “revolutionary breakthrough in bike seat comfort” – well lets see if it lives up to the name The Comfort Saddle.
A gallery of images when I gatecrashed a long weekend of walking arranged by the walking club at NIMR – National Institute for Medical Research at Mill Hill.
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I gatecrashed a long weekend of walking arranged by the walking club at NIMR – National Institute for Medical Research at Mill Hill – where Tim used to work. It was a great gang of really friendly people, and a good weekend was had – despite the not so great weather.
Having arrived late afternoon on Thursday we had time to acquaint ourselves with the hut, and get our bearings – the Traveller’s rest was almost due south along the A591. It was in walking distance, though running back up the hill after a few pints was probably not to be recommended or attempted.
Got my new bike yesterday, a Dawes Colorado – a “hybrid” bike as I have gotten use to the chunkiness of a mountain bike in recent years, and have you seen the state of the roads!! It has a better upright riding position for on the roads. The trailer is on order at the moment – keeping my fingers crossed for delivery at the end of the month.
Decided to take it for a spin today around a bit of Sussex, taking in part of a published route that by chance almost goes past the house, and goes near East Hoathly (to visit my Sister) and the Gliding Club. Though the variations I made added a few more miles…
Having now let the flat, it might be a while before I come back and enjoy one of the delicious Maids Of Honour cakes at Newens.
Before we delve into the paper bag to retrieve the 2 cakes, a little bit of history is in order as these original cakes have quite a pedigree…
It might have been the effects of dehydration, perhaps the sun was stronger than I could have ever imagined, but somewhere along the Coast to Coast walk I started to wonder about other bits of countryside within the UK and how I could best travel through them…
Later in the walk I started to meet cyclists, and having crossed the country from left to right, I started to wonder about journeying on a bicycle from Lands End to John O’ Groats – a small matter of around 950 miles, but perhaps a jaunt of a lifetime to compare with excursions in the planning on trains across Canada, the Americas and even Eurasia.
Further research I came across LEJOG on Google, what at first I thought might have been a fun run in France but with a little reading turned out to be an acronym for Lands End to John O’ Groats (sometimes also called end-to-end).
Then the madness truly set in, my bike was in Winchester and Becca was wanting to borrow it over the summer for excursions around Sussex – I saw the opportunity and not to be persuaded otherwise I planned to cycle as far from Winchester as possible towards Piltdown. Continue reading
This is a variation of the traditional cream tea, with the addition of fresh strawberries (which could tip the balance and ensure it meets the criteria for part of a five-a-day diet).
Unfortunately on this occasion the cream was not clotted, though the addition of strawberries was most welcome and make this a refreshing variation.
Quite simply tea taken with a selection of scones, cream, and jam. For the best experience the cream should be clotted and I would suggest the jam be strawberry.
Combining ice cream, jelly, cream and fruit this pudding should always be served in a large tall glass to ensure the correct alignment of flavours and textures. With this combination of ingredients it might also count as part of a five-a-day
Sarah Nelson’s Grasmere Gingerbread is a biscuit of the highest quality – and quite possibly the holy grail of gingerbreads. Made with loving care and attention in Grasmere, Cumbria – deep in the heart of the Lake District – it is only ever made in Grasmere, and the only* place in the world you can purchase it from is Gate Cottage – THE Grasmere Gingerbread Shop.
*that’s if you exclude your living room, or anywhere else where you have internet access, as you can (thankfully) purchase it online at www.grasmeregingerbread.co.uk. Be cautious of fakes, none is genuine without trademark. Continue reading