Had Ann and Chris over for a meal and a hot tub. Good evening.
Just finished another week in Edinburgh. Managed to get the earlier Friday flight home.
Just back from a weekend away in Norwich with my Father and Ann. We had a good weekend and met up with Nick and Ali to see adopted child.
At last Friday. Home today. Worked until four in the afternoon, explaining how econnector works to one of the staff. She is to write some administrative functions.
Plane left on time and back home for supper by 8.15. Was quite a hard week, and now the weather has broken, not so enjoyable. We will see what Christmas and the New Year brings us up in the wilds of the North.
Another day in Scotland. Now I hear I will be here for at least until Christmas.
This evening just Yura and I. Tonight its Thai, so we went to Yura’s favorite Thai restuarant called Dusit at 49a Thistle Street. The owner said greeted Yura like a long lost friend.
Lots of Cedar people in to day. After work, quick drink at the Doric with Mary, Tessa and Phil. Then met up with Yura at the hotel.
Tessa, Phil, Yura and I ate at Izzis, the Japanese/Chinese restaurant. Here I had my usual fill of raw Tuna, Salmon, Squid and other fish.
Final pint of beer at Tiles. Much against my suggestion. The beer is all larger and top pressure bitters.
Another sunny day here in Edinburgh. Today Jon Marshall arrived to keep me company.
After work we went to the Doric Tavern, 15 Market Street, quite a nice small restaurant upstairs with a reasonable menu d’hote.
I started with mussels in, quite reasonable, followed by Monk Fish and Chorizo sausage. No room for an afters. A nice bottle of Santa Helena Cabernet Sauvignon went well with the meal.
Afterwards a quick adjournment to the pub next door for a pint of Caledonian Deuchars.
Well here we are again in Edinburgh for the week. Up at before six to drive to Birmingham for the flight. Typical now the weekend is over, lovely starlit morning with a frost. Flybe decided to leave on time and thus was in the office by 10.15.
Worked until 7.15, made some good progress and will hand over the code on Tuesday.
I am staying in the Apex International in Grassmarket. This is a reasonable modern hotel in the old town, with lots of pubs around. Good view of the castle, and near all the tourist bits. No one else from the company is staying in Edinburgh, so I decided to eat in the hotel.
The meal was OK, but not great. Service initially was slow, but I think I arrived at the time when things had started to speed up. There appeared to be others who had been there a while who all received their food at the same times. Good thing I had not gone to eat earlier. The waitresses were cute though.
And now for the food. The honeyed carrot and coriander soup could have done with more coriander to give it some flavour.
The Fillet Steak stacked on thinly sliced Oriental Wok cooked vegetables with Ho Chi sauce could have had less salt in the vegetables, and why oh why do the British overcook their rare steaks. I am always looking for the rare steak where the inside is not cooked. This steak was only just pink inside. The fillet steak recipe was a good idea, but poorly executed. Won’t be eating there again.
At last it has started to rain properly. I think it has rained all this weekend.
Saturday it was raining here, and it was raining in Sydney as we beat the Aussies to win the Rugby World Cup. Hardly any traffic on the road outside while the match was in progress.
Raining as we drove to Towcester for a wedding reception in the evening. Good event with many friends at the party.
Raining all day Sunday while Rosemary went out and viewed some field ponds as part of local council training for pond surveys. She came back cold and wet.
Friday was Children in Need Day. So the bank had a dress down day. Not well advertised. Very few people had heard of the dress down day. I went to the loo and changed into my jeans and Fat Face top.
Worked till 4.00pm and took a Taxi to the airport with Jon. There was an unusual queue to get checked in with Flybe. There though was the usual half hour delay in their flight leaving. As we were about to leave, the pilot mentioned we might not be able to land at Birmingham. Something to do with fog, and there I thought the pilots on these planes were just accessories.
The flight down was uneventful, and very clear. Just seems Birmingham was foggy. We came into land, and then hit the fog, which was worse than expected, so the landing was aborted, round again and then a second attempt at landing. This time the fog had cleared to some magical limit and we touched down. Actually we really only saw the land when we were over the runway lights.
Getting out of Birmingham was a nightmare. Could not get onto the M42, so I took the decision to drive to Coventry and the A46 to the M40. Back eventually at 9.00. Must update the time sheet to include the extra hours of travelling.
Thursday was another pleasant rain free day. Bit cooler then yesterday.
Spent all day working hard, and then back to the hotel to change into jeans. Had a walk around the castle area before meeting up with Jon for a drink in one of many bars. Had my most expensive beer ever. Should stay with the standard beers and not experiment with those Belgian wheat beers.
Ate a curry at Balli’s on Hanover street. Pretty good chicken green chilli.
Up early at 6.00 am to catch the flight from Birmingham to Edinburgh. Flybe should have left at 8.30, but eventually left at 8.50. Cloudy all the way up until Scotland, where the clouds broke. Rough landing because of the strong winds.
Day was a lovley warm day, with sunshine. Got to the Bank and spent most of the day getting my new code into their development environment for testing.
In the evening went out for a beer, and then a meal with Mary Devine and Jon Marshal at an Italian called The Patio. The waitress, a mature women, was one of those who could recite the whole menu in glowing terms. She had to have eye contact while doing this and chose me.
I had smoked Tuna, and lamb, but was able to finish off Marys Monk Fish, which was delicious.
Afterwards a brisk walk back to the hotel on the otherside of town.
Another week has gone by. Not a lot to report, the weather has been mainly dry with some quite sunny days. Friday was such a day with temperatures of 20 Celsius, the weekend was a little cooler and Sunday eventually ending in rain.
Spent rather a long time on Friday and Saturday evening in the Plough and Anchor saying goodbye to a friend who was off to New Zealand for three months. Odd we were still there hours after she had left for home. On Saturday evening at around midnight, I say the start of the shadow appearing on the moon for the full eclipse, so rushed indoors to tell Rosemary, and get the camera. By the time I was out again, clouds were covering the sky, so I never saw the eclipse.
On Sunday we picked the Sloes, diificult because they were all on high level branches. There were masses of Sloes.
Filled two litre bottles with Gin, sugar and Sloes according to last years recipe.
We are back from a week in Guernsey, staying at Le Grande Mare. On this visit we decided to forgo the car, and use the public bus service. This had several advantages, cost a lot less, allowed us to drink in restaurants, and meant we did not have to do circular walks, or retrace our footsteps.
The weather started out reasonably fine, midweek there was one day when there was rain all day, and another day when we were caught out and had to don our waterproofs. We did quite a lot of walking, walking the Southern cliffs, and the Northern coast.
We also visited quite a few restaurants, taking advantage of the October TennerFest promotion on the island. Many restaurants vie to produce a two or three course menu for lunch or dinner for 10 pounds. You can then vote for your favourite restaurant and the winner gets some award. We still think Da Nellos was great Italian food, and the No 44 Indian Restaurant next door did some really unusual good Indian food. We ate three times at Le Grande Mare, and that was excellent too, much improved over when we first visited several years ago. The Hollows a Greek restaurant at La Gouffre was a bit of a disappointment this year.
There seems to be the usual closed streets where the drains, or pipes are being replaced. The new airport terminal, which was started last year, is nearing completion and looks quite smart. The Royal Bank of Scotland has a fabulous new building under construction on the harbour front at St Peter Port, along with many new open and closed market flats.
Most museums were open until the 31st of October, so we did the round of those we had not recently visited.