At last…we’ve booked a holiday!
Any trip away involves finding some unfortunate to look after The Fatdog. This task is usually left for The Bleating Sheep who, this year, tried to be cunning and fly off abroad just when she was required. I promptly changed my holidays – RESULT!!!
So with The Bleating Sheep now condemned to Fatdog purgatory, J and I were able to piece together a wee trip south of the border. A peaceful 5 days in Shropshire followed by a further 5 in Cornwall and it’s back to doing what we do best. EATING! We’re in the process of lining up our Summer Restaurant Tour 2010. Last year found us at Jamie Oliver’s “Fifteen” near Newquay, Rick Stein’s “The Seafood Restaurant” in Padstow and Nathan Outlaw’s michelin starred restaurant in Fowey (now moved to Rock). There were also excursions to Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s Canteen in Axminster and Nigel Haworth’s gastropub “The Three Fishes” near Blackburn. Not bad for a 11 day trip.
This year’s schedule is very much in the planning stage but Alan Murchison’s “La Bécasse” (Head Chef Will Holland) at Ludlow is a front runner. There will definitely be a return to Rick Stein’s for dinner (sit at the bar and you don’t need to book) and maybe Fifteen for lunch. Another definite will be Sam’s On The Beach at Polkerris, a lively bistro that we failed to get into last year.
There may be a few regrettable incidents involving walking, but thankfully these should be few and far between.
Talking of walking I seem to recall, after a couple of pints in the Outside Inn, agreeing to tackle Carn Mor Dearg and Ben Nevis with MrP on the glorious day of his Munro completion. It would appear that happy day is approaching. Through an alcohol fuelled haze I recall the plan involved the crossing of the CMD arête. Given my piano wire hamstrings and MrP’s propensity for falling over this could be an eventful crossing of that particular knife edge. Roping up would be a good idea…if we could find someone willing enough to hold the other end. Maybe Simon’s plans have changed…the ominous email said – details to follow! At least my summer training schedule is on course (snigger)!