Managed to eat in the Mai Thai every day. Wonderful food, brilliant ambiance. And good Internet access.
Not so good going home, bit of a delay on Easyjet. Flight was a little rough, and coming into land we were in cloud with the spoilers on for over 5 minutes, and the occasional 360 turn. Probably going deaf now because I had to turn the MP3 player up loud to counteract the noise from the vibration caused by the spoilers. I really must catch an earlier flight home. Getting home at 9 on a Friday is a pain, especially now it is getting dark.
Back up in Edinburgh, starting my third day now. Travel up was easy, plane left early, arrived early and in the office by 9.30
Not staying in my usual hotel but down in the McDonnald by Holyrood. That means I will be eating at the Mai Thai, and will be eating breakfast as well. Breakfast is included in the price of the room. Not included means I go hungry, included means I eat. Been eating fish for breakfast, loading up on healthy omega fats.
Last two evenings in the Mai Thai. I have now updated their website, changing their menu and updating the gallery. Just leaves the reviews to do, and maybe add a special news page. The site had not been updated since it was created over a year ago, and all that time it says, ‘Taking bookings for Christmas’ Ah well.
I also complained about the Plough and Anchor website, how that was never updated, how they should be changing the menu when the menu changes, how they should announce all the bands on the site as soon as the booking is made. Maybe they should have a review section with some pictures etc. I think they thought I was looking for business.
Oh the food at the Mai Thai was the usual Very Good. First night I did not order duck. This choice was commented on by the Thai waitress. Not the usual duck, sir
The postponed tug of war between Wotton and Kingswood was held this Bank Holiday Monday. Weather not so hot, but sun did show and it never rained. Good food as usual, and a few beers. Fifty or so attended, not many though from Kingswood. Will have to expend a bit more effort in getting people out to the event.
Wotton won the mens and womens tug of war, while the children from Kingswood were victorious. Pictures in due course.
After the BBQ, had a drive in a Honda go cart-on George and Annie’s field. Time trials, alas I was last, but then I don’t have the practice and I was only a couple of seconds behind. [Editor’s note: Steve had about 40+ years on his opponent, G&A’s eldest grandson, during these trials.]
Ate at the pub in Ludgershall with George and Annie. Pretty good value and very well presented. Well worth a visit.
Selina and Graham attended our BBQ this weekend. Unlike John and Carol, we were able to call on the weather Gods and arranged a sunny day. They excelled themselves and provided us with several days of warmth.
Our BBQ was lamb shoulder. Now where have I had that recently! Mum in law, Winnie, was present having stayed most of the week. She was taken back to her home complete with Freeview Box, which I set up. Drive down was bad with all the traffic going to Bournemouth. Drive back was good, except for the 45 minute hold-up while someone was air-lifted from the road after an accident, but it wasn’t us, so we should feel thankful.
Back at home I strimmed down the thistles on the field. Hopefully last time this year.
Today Saturday must have been the warmest this year. The sun shone all day. The spirit (not allowed mercury any more) in the thermometer rose to a startling 25 Celsius. BBQ time, so a British lamb shoulder onto the Webber in time for Selina and Graham who were coming around for tea. Even Gran managed to stay up until after 22.00.
On Friday I had a quick drink over at the local pub to meet up with George to check if I needed to do anything for Monday’s tug of war. The pub has been busy putting up a conservatory, building a patio and fencing off all the unsightly areas. The car park has now been covered with fine shingle. I had a go at Jake about their out-of-date website.
Good news on Friday. The bank in Scotland wants me back for a couple of weeks work. So will be catching the flight from Luton early on Tuesday.