Abergavenny: no longer a Super Market-Town

I had a lovely weekend in Abergavenny this weekend, not having been there for probably 20 years or more. We stayed in a very nice pub in the middle of town: The Kings Arms and would recommend it very highly. It’s a quaint old beamed building that has creaky sloping...

Why Dieting isn’t all about Weight

I decided recently to diet. I’ve always been a bit of a chunky-monkey but it was after a medical consultation that suggest my cholesterol and blood pressures numbers weren’t quite where they should be that I decided to take action. 5 Weeks later I’m...

The results of our “Day of Chaos”

I know one man’s meat is another man’s poison, but there really was quite a difference in the way that today panned out. Sure, we had some snow and the schools were closed, rail and some bus services were disrupted etc etc and the media reports were...

A Snowy memory of Grostl

This week’s cold snap has caused a plethora of weather warnings/alerts and forecasts of impending danger/chaos and fun. But it did come as a surprise last night when Mari told me what she really wanted for supper. We’d last eaten Grostl on holiday in...

What use is Starbucks?

Starbucks. Do you love them or hate them? Do you go there as a matter of course to grab a fix on the go, or do you take your time and enjoy the vibe of that overall Starbucks experience? For  a long time now I’ve asked myself how they do what they do, how they...

The Last Supper of 2012

The final family supper of 2012, to start: Baked Camembert with Apple and Chilli Chutney Followed by: Fillet steak with a Stilton sauce Sauté Potatoes Braised leeks Braised Beetroot and onions Mushrooms Wines to suit, making a fine end to 2012, I hope the world will...