A champagne picnic on the train, combined with a later than expected arrival at Weymouth made for a late emergence this morning. A text announcing the arrival of a Sedge Warbler at Radipole was enough to inspire a quick breakfast and an even quicker walk to the reserve. On the way there was nothing of note, except Ille was glad to retrace her steps of 5 months ago, and no sign of the Warbler. Just a few Chiffchaff were singing away while c5 sand Martin flew overhead, but rain soon put paid to the whole project so we headed home, me prepare dinner and Ille to relax and enjoy her English holiday.
An afternoon of music, Ille continues the enjoyment,
while I take a well earned rest from peeling all those spuds.
Was that the 'dinner gong'?
Portland crab on a Mediterranean salad, complimented by a '97 Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne as a starter, to the strains of Wind and Wuthering, Genesis. Followed by braised Red-legged Partridge, boiled Jersey potatoes, steamed baby parsnips, carrots julienne, petits pois with a red current djew and The Fields of the Nephalim album Elizium. This required 'pushing the boat out' with an '88 Haut Brion (pictured). Sticky toffee pudding with Lexia raisins seemed appropriate, and what better to finish the whole gig than a half bottle of 1990 Climens (Barsac) and what better than the Kate bush classic The Kick Inside. Afterwards we settled down to ELO at Wembley circa 1979 plus the seminal George Harrison Tribute Concert from the Royal Albert Hall and the Macallan!