Sounds boring? Far from it.
My friend Grace and I went up to buy lunch. Borough Market is a farmers market on steroids. OK, unfortunate phrase - a lot of the produce is organic. The idea was to grab a drink in the George; buy lunch; come back to my flat to cook it; then pop out to the Cricketers (the local local) for a quick drink.
Grace hadn't been to Borough Market before. It's right by London Bridge station so very quick from here. A mass of stalls selling cheese, meat, vegetables, wines, cider, jams, bread and a whole lot of other produce. Nothing adventurous on the veg front - just new potatoes and spinach. Then a tour of the various butchers to find some nice steaks to grill, and we did choose steak. All to be washed down with a nice bottle of plum wine and followed by cheese and biscuits. There was some discussion on the cheese but as hostess I opted for a goats cheese gorgonzola.
Confession - I had to resort to Margaret Patten's book (old) to find out how long the new potatoes needed to be cooked!
A very nice meal with good company. All in all a good afternoon.
Sounds boring? Far from it.
Some of you may not know that my aunt and cousins live in Palo Alto in California. I'm going there again later in the summer ... and I'm getting ready. I'll post about that in a few weeks. Palo Alto is also the home of Stanford and Google is next door. Many of the new developments come out of Palo Alto and one of last year's is Twitter. I'm not going to bore you with what it is but if you already know and are on Twitter, then email me so we can hook up.
All you need to know is that it means I can add short updates here from my mobile phone. I've added a sidebar to show them. It means if I can send quick updates between the main posts here - and if I'm in away I'll always have access to SMS.
OK the main batch of invitations has gone out so hopefully I should have a few more visitors soon.
I picked up my tickets today for Majorca. That was a last minute decision last week. I knew I wanted to get away but was struggling to work out where so I popped in to Flight Centre to see what they suggest. The hotel looks good, Ola el Vistamar - the usual beech hotel. Rooms a bit basic and the buffet dinner totally awful according to TripAdvisor but clean, decent facilities and good, friendly service.
Of course as usual I won't be in for the hotel buffet - I opted for R&B. (The breakfasts are reputedly good.) The main attraction of the hotel is that it is is a small, quiet resort, away from the main areas. And as usual with my choice of hotels it is 5 minutes off the main town square so I can wander out to eat at a local restaurant - and late like the Spanish do. Well I am an owl as you all know.
Anyway I fly out on 5th July, on a very early Easy Jet flight back a week later. I just won't go to bad that night. The return is a civilised middle of the day flight.
I'll remind you just before I fly.
Well even for Kate it's getting late, but here it is at last a personal blog of all the trivia in my life.