Sunday, 22 November 2015

Bristol, Wine and Coffee

We have a Delonghi Coffee Machine. Why Delonghi you might ask, well Delonghi represents all that is good in this world. Drinking proper coffee, that is. It makes sure that whenever you have a craving for a quick caffeine fix, it delivers as you would expect from a Barista, but without the cost. It comes with an auto cappuccino function, simply position your cup under the nozzle, press a button and you'll be served the perfect cappuccino with no fuss. So if you fancy a Latte, Flat white or an Americano, pop around and enjoy, conversation is not important but does tend to happen.

Your Wine Guide by Tamacgor S Bald, notable wine expert, explorer and cross dresser. Did you know he fashions all Russell Smith's clothes, they are so close.
Next time the waiter asks if you would prefer the Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc, you can decided with confidence.
  
Chardonnay (white)

One of the highest-quality and most popular grapes in the world, Chardonnay's flavour depends on whether it has spent time in oak barrels or not. Unoaked Chardonnay tastes fresh and of green apples. Oaked Chardonnays taste nutty, waxy and a bit smoky.
Recommendation: I recommend unoaked or lightly oaked Chardonnays with chicken because it's a really good match. If you prefer the richer Chardonnays, it just about goes with anything that is stronger in flavour, cheddar or smoked mackerel a must.
Little known fact: People often claim they hate Chardonnay but love Chablis (Chablis, crisp and dry with green apple and blanched nuts aromas). But Chablis is completely made from Chardonnay. Now you know.

Sauvignon Blanc (white)

It's one of those grapes that has very unique flavour. In cooler spots in France it tastes of freshly-cut grass and lemons. In warmer climates (like New Zealand) it tastes exotic, tropical fruit like mango and passion fruit.
Recommendation: Fish and chips, anything with goat's cheese, stir fry or white fish with mild sauce.
Little known fact: Production of Sauvignon Blanc in Australia has increased more than 40 fold in the last 25 years. 

Next week we delve into the rich tales and tastes of the Riesling and Viognier.

We went to visit Michael in Bristol yesterday, Bristol is just over 2 hours drive with Susan at the wheel, driving the Panda with flair and gay abandonment. That Ferrari engineered Panda is so at home on England's narrow country roads. The countryside is pleasant this time of the year with the autumnal shades and rich green pastures. 
Bristol is rather a grey, neglected city with most houses needing attention, almost a city that has forgotten to do any maintenance, even gardening and the odd layer of paint would not go amiss. In saying that, it is predominately a university town and the area we drove through is mostly student letting, but none the less, have the owners of the house no pride or is it all about making a quick buck with as little cost involved as possible? Michael's house was one of the better kept in the area.


Enough moaning, Michael did take us to a rather good coffee shop just off White Heart Lane, Rubicon 2. Quite a walk, the suggested 5 minutes walk taking more like 20 but worth the effort. The food and coffee good. Reasonable priced with generous portions and full of flavour. Relaxing atmosphere and excellent WiFi signal, making for an enjoyable experience. Good choice Michael.
Well with Christmas a mere month away I had better start my Christmas list for Santa, it does tend to be quite long.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Dyson Vacuum Cleaners and other mishaps

It has been at least six years since we purchased our Dyson vacuum cleaner and a very good suction it has always had. But, there is always a but, this morning we discovered that this mighty Dyson was poorly, no suction. Susan on her hands and knees examining the roller brush as I walked in, remarked that it was not right! Not right I countered, a Dyson, lifetime guarantee. Saying that I checked my emails and low and behold that Dyson with its lifetime guarantee had stepped up a gear and now was frightening Sam. 
'It is not right.' stated Susan.
On investigation we found that it had a set of filters, untouched by human hands for 6 years, suffice to say it now has more suction then is necessary. I say, up the mighty dragon, Dyson, a vacuum cleaners true friend. I must point out that I think the bearing is going as it does sound rough, we have not heard the last from this mighty dragon, Dyson.

One can not but marvel at life, here I sit with a glass of Australian wine in my hand and send this blog to the world, those who care to read it anyway. China has been dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century, allows 2 children per couple now. They had a law only one child per couple. Good on them, it has saved the world 330 million more children but, there is always a but, since you started reading this blog there are 6000 more children in the world. I can only say they deserve a break, Moa and his followers have not got much right but in this I agree.



Christmas is gaining on us at an alarming rate, slow down, browse the aisles and find that special gift for those you love. The feeling you will get on Christmas will be worth it. Wisdom says it is better to give then receive, wise words indeed. For those in South Africa remember the saying 'It's not really locked if a pair of bolt cutter can open it'. Once you have your presents hide them from those who believe in the above.

Too finish off I would like to say we got to know young Alex Smith of the Clan Middle Smith, what a charmer he is, I see quite a bit of Claudia in that child.


 Lastly did you hear about The Preacher Man and the unfortunate incident of the car that reversed into him as he was occupied for a split second on his iPhone, nasty business and costly as well. Our thoughts are with you and your lighter bank account.