Here we are in the IoW

So yesterday, we met some friends at London Zoo then drove down to the IoW.

Ferry crossing
Ferry crossing

Sorry I’ve been so appalling at posting lately.  I’ve had some stuff to do (nothing Top Secret – just stuff that I haven’t wanted to blog about) and I’ve been rather under the weather (not, you know, dreadful – just enough to make me feel rather rotten).  My husband has woken up with the same thing this morning and is a bit taken aback at how awful he feels.  Ugh.  Soon (tomorrow!) January will be over and we will all be healthy again.  And I’ll do a better job on the blog.

City of blinding lights / Bodeans

On Tuesday evening, I went into the City to meet my friend D.  D used to work with me, back in the day, and was my housemate in Shadwell for a few years.

One of the things I noticed when I was there was how pretty the City is.  Of course, when I worked there, I never noticed – it was just where I worked.  Plus, realistically, when you are at work, the thing that you see most of all is your own computer screen.

This reminds me a bit of Bladerunner
This reminds me a bit of Bladerunner

D and I met at Bodean’s, which is now a chain but is very nice none the less.  It reminds me a bit of that American bar in Love Actually.

Bodean's
Bodean’s

They have very nice beer and we shared a rack of baby back ribs.  D isn’t eating carbohydrates so I got all the chips and she got most of the coleslaw plus a salad.

Baby back ribs
Baby back ribs

Books for wishful thinking

Every now and then I buy a book that, really, is just wishful thinking.  For instance this guide to mushroom spotting.  In theory, the kids and I are going to wander round our garden and the woods nearby with it, ticking off the mushrooms we see and having a jolly, wholesome time.

Mushroom guide!
Mushroom guide!

In practice, they will look mildly interested in the first mushroom then get cross that I won’t let them poke it.  Then they will lose all interest.

The other day, my 2016 National Trust guide arrived.  I think this is the ultimate in wishful thinking – I like to imagine that we will go on day trips out to National Trust places, wearing our wellies and enjoying lots of fresh air.  In practice, the National Trust sticker is really useful for parking for free in some of the carparks in the IoW.

National Trust
National Trust