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Apples

Apples

Seasons of mist and mellow fruitfulness. The apples are ripe and ready for eating.

Côtes de Gascogne

Côtes de Gascogne

Newspapers have made a big deal about this wine. It’s fine but not exceptional.

Latest wines

Latest wines

My latest 5 wines are all red, including a Ribera del Duero, Bordeaux, Gamay from Cotes Lyonnais, a Cotes du Rhone and a South African Pinot Noir

Shiitake mushrooms

Shiitake mushrooms

Shiitake mushrooms are wildly popular in Japan where they are said to have medicinal properties

Firefighters

Firefighters

The Firefighters statue near St Pauls Cathedral is a moving tribute to the bravery of this emergency service

Lewes Castle

Lewes Castle

Lewes Castle is a striking reminder of the town’s medieval heritage

Chinese New Year: Hins

Chinese New Year: Hins

We celebrated Chinese New Year at Hins in Hove. The Year of the Rabbit has arrived

Winter Frost

Winter Frost

The delicate frost covered all the plants in our garden. Snow followed hours after I took these photo.

Not so Smart City

Not so Smart City

Getting around Riyadh without a car is all but impossible

Saudi Here We Go

Saudi Here We Go

Riyadh turned out to be much more interesting than expected.

Touraine SB

Touraine SB

Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley

Chanterelles on Toast

Chanterelles on Toast

Chanterelles are in season. We bought these at the Food Market in Lewes

Easywheeling®

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Halloween

Halloween

The Celtic festival of Samhain is a highlight of the pagan year

Shiraz (Syrah) Wine Tasting

Shiraz (Syrah) Wine Tasting

Shiraz, or Syrah as it’s known in France, is a grape that produces an exceptional variety of wines

Sauvignon Blanc Tasting

Sauvignon Blanc Tasting

We tried three very different Sauvignon Blanc wines. It’s not all sharp acidity and citrus fruits

South African Tasting

South African Tasting

A brilliant wine tasting at Lewes Depot cinema on black-owned wineries in South Africa

Cigar Box

Cigar Box

Old vine Pinot Noir from South Africa

Julienas

Julienas

Beaujolais from Francois Dubessy. This is a soft red from Julienas, all the usual red fruit flavours of Gamay. This bottle is from Lidl. http://www.vivino.com/wines/164255337?utm_source=app

Bekaa valley rouge

Bekaa valley rouge

Interesting Lebanese wine from the Bekaa valley from Aldi. It had flavours of cherry and raspberry, but also liquorice, herbs and smoke. http://www.vivino.com/wines/169238905?utm_source=app

Quinces

Quinces

Quinces. Jam or jelly. On the horizon.

Imperial War Museum

Check out this review of Imperial War Museum on Google Maps https://goo.gl/maps/LBLFW5V2xtd6GHcv8

Visited the Oxford Wine Company in Turl Street. Fabulous wine shop, we came away with an Austrian Zweigelt, a delicious Montsant and a white Cotes de Rhone. #oxford https://www.instagram.com/p/Cjd_W2UoHK6/?igshid=MDJmNzVkMjY=

Hungary Profile

Hungary Profile

Hungary is legendary for its Aszu and Eszencia wines, but its reputation for dry wines is growing

Oxford Wine Company

Oxford Wine Company

In the heart of Oxford, this atmospheric wine stores offers an eclectic range of reasonably priced wines

Visiting London

Visiting London

After the Courtauld Gallery we visited the Imperial War Museum for a video wargames exhibition.

Pinocchio Brighton

Pinocchio Brighton

Good value, generous portions, this Italian restaurant is in the heart of the Lanes near Brighton’s Royal Pavillion

Preparing for Next Year

Preparing for Next Year

2022 was a difficult year on the allotment. Now we are preparing for next spring.

Smollett’s Travels

Smollett’s Travels

From the 18th century, a cantankerous account of Smollett’s travels in France and Italy. I am loving it!

Menetou-Salon

Menetou-Salon

Fresh Pinot Noir and an amuse-bouche from heaven

Wine Drinking

Wine Drinking

Rose, and more rose, and some very good reds

Daumas Gassac

Daumas Gassac

Last time they thought we were farm-hands. All is forgiven

Pont Du Diable

Pont Du Diable

One of many Devil’s Bridges around the Languedoc

Car Travails

Car Travails

French garages are so good with French cars

South African Wines

South African Wines

South Africa has a growing reputation for Sauvignon Blanc and premium red wines

Sad But True

Sad But True

We spent more time than expected at les Supermarches

Pezenas

Pezenas

Flipo Chic and a Glass Fish

Autumn Rumbles

Autumn Rumbles

The weather gets cooler as the calendar turns a page

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