I wanted to read Madame Bovary after reading John Irving’s In One person, that made copious referenced to it. It’s a great novel and paints a vivid picture of small town france in the 19th century. Emma is shocking and sad and comes to a dramatic nasty end.
I’ve been waiting for a free weekend with decent weather to build my chicken coop since I bought it in October. It was quite a bit easier to put together than I expected and sturdy: it takes Michael and I to move it.
Next task is to find a place to get my chickens. Annie Hall’s, where I bought the coop from, has closed down. So let the chicken hunt begin.
I’m recovering from a rather nasty cold, so what better place to come than the Bristol Beer Festival?
Loads of beers on offer:
Cairngorm Trade Winds, a lovely light floral pint to start. 4.3%
Bristol Beer Factory, Bitter Kiwi. Lovely hop flavours, heading towards orange. 5%
Tricky Cider (I had to try one eventually) 7/10 sweetness. Quite clean, but not impeccable-it’s a bit foosty and looks like healthy wee.
Acorn Blonde, from S Yorkshire. Nice enough light beer. 4.0%
Ilkley Siberia Rhubarb Saison. Cloudy, fuity lefe style. 5.9%
Bristol Collaboration, English IPA. Massive mouth-puckering uber hopiness. I wonder how long will take Michael to finish it? 6.8% [not that long :-)]
Coniston, No 9. As the guide said, “cognac and marzipan” . 8.5% barley wine.
In ‘El Anciano Rey de los Vinos’ having some tapas and spicy vermouth from the tap, by the royal palace in Madrid. Happy birthday lover.