Sunday, April 29, 2012


Yesterday we made some really delicious stuff. Actually, Iain made most of it (I made brine for the fish and boiled a couple of eggs and potatoes). We spent the sunny afternoon on the patio smoking a full side of salmon on our new grill! :-)

In the evening, when the salmon was ready, Iain made the most difficult sauce in the world (Hollandaise!). He whisked and whisked and whisked some more and it was a true success!!

  No pictures of the salmon, I'm afraid - but here's the sauce!!

The pool season has started!

It's right! The temperature  has reached the 30s two weekends running and the pool is a nice and refreshing place to be!

Escape to the Sierras!

Last weekend was the Davis picnic day and having heard mixed reviews about the event, we decided to rent a car and head to the mountains. We (Kartika, Molly, Mariam, Iain, T-Ball and I) got a late start and knew little about where we were going, but the trip was a huge success and we'll be back at Horsetail Falls when we next get a chance.

T-Ball strapped in and ready.

An excellent opportunity to play some 'Where's Kartika!'

Molly was running most of the time.

We found some very exciting trees, like this half eaten one and Mariam's little friend.

Sierra snow is melting

I think I'll just lie here for a bit...

Molly got to see snow for the *first* time!! And she loved it!

Kartika was not so impressed, however.

T-Ball enjoying the views.

The driver having another nap...

Tired dog ready (or actually not quite so ready) to go home to Davis...

We're in.... Berkeley! :-)

Two weekends ago we took our bikes on the Amtrak and travelled an hour and a half towards the coast to Berkeley to see our previous neighbours Will & Minda and their cat Ky. Berkeley is lovely! It's very...

... steep in some places and got some interesting wild life... 

... like this pretty lizard and... 

... Anna's hummingbird

Berkeley is in easy reach of San Francisco and Oakland and...

you can cycle everywhere (like in Davis)!

Food's great... 

... and they've got a pretty prestigious University. But most importantly...  

... you get coffee served in a wine glass at the train station.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Alta Cima 2003 Premium Reserve

Just lovely! If there's any left where you live then go get the last few bottles now! Go! GO!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Happy Easter people!!

We're in Chicago (again) !!

I have a thing for Chicago. It is a city with a fantastic feel to it and I was glad to be back for the... third (?) time. We went to blues bars, jazz bars, book shops, Lincoln Park zoo, the field museum and of course (although not for long) to CNS at the Palmer Hotel. 

Next time I want to see Chicago in summer!