Sunday, 11 May 2014

Blue Tits and Beers

After a sumptuous breakfast cousin Sue drove us over to cousin Ellen's and we spent a lovely day with Ellen and her husband Richard.  Richard was keen to help solve the beer issue so off we went to Hereford - famous for 
And full of wonderful buildings
And pubs
They all have Fosters and sharp marketing campaigns have them believing every Aussie would drink nothing more and they look at us in astonishment when we say we don't know anyone who drinks it. So we turn our attention to the local ales.

Richard bought 3 for Garrie to try, the light one there is my half lager and lime.  Doom Bar rated highest but still not exactly what he was looking for.  Time for lunch and we had this at a local church who have decided that having a cafe within the church is a great way to fund the upkeep of the church and they are right and also ticked another box in Garrie's culinary tour.
Yes he had a bacon Butty!  Verdict - delicious.
Then off we went to Hereford Cathedral to see the Mappa Mundi an ancient map of the world, and the chained library. Sadly you cannot take photos so here is a link if you'd like to know more.
Then Richard was not going to be bested by the beer problem so off to another pub for the local brew
And the winner is... Butty Bach (pronounced back). Seems to be a Butty kind of day.
A happy man with a beer even I had a half of as it was so nice. Thanks for the effort Richard - much appreciated. Time to head home and enjoy another traditional English item - the Victoria sponge.
Ellen and Richard's garden is full of birds, though not the wait and pose for photo types, more the flit off quickly types so I was very happy to capture a few reasonable shots. The very English Blue Tit, the Great Tit, the Robin and even a wood pecker!


Though, of course, the best tit shot of the day was this one.


We also saw a squirrel and the very beautiful British magpie that is very different to the Aussie variety but which also flits away the minute a camera is raised. Thank goodness for gnomes - much more cooperative.
Susan and Daniel joined us for yet another sumptuous dinner prepared by Ellen so three cousins back together again after way too many years




The cucumber mousse starter with Melba toast was delicious.
Leeks and pork featured in the mains.
And the desserts were nothing short of amazing. A very traditional summer pudding
And a not so traditional walnut and lemon meringue gateaux (I might not have the name quite correct but the taste was divine!)
Thank you Richard and Ellen for a wonderful day and Sue for playing taxi driver down those narrow, English lanes! Xxx