Cocktails

Sunny Tennis Sunday

Sunny Tennis Sunday

It’s sunny in July! In the North West of England, this usually makes headlines… In honour of the sun we hung up Toni’s bunting, popped open the fizz and darted in and out of the house to keep an eye on whether Andy Murray was […]

The Green Fairy

The Green Fairy

Recently Jon and I spent an evening with the ferocious Green Fairy, or as absinthe is also often referred to as: ‘Death in the Afternoon’. Yeah, she’s no tinkerbell. The last time I drank absinthe I had to be carried out of  a Barcelona bar, oblivious to […]

Friday Night Cocktail…French 75 (with crushed hail stones)

Friday Night Cocktail…French 75 (with crushed hail stones)

This cocktail is a bit special. One, because it is delicious and a lot of fun, and two because it contains some rather special hail stones. I shall explain. Last August, there was a freak storm over the vineyard. It rained and it hailed, damaging […]

‘“Before the morn ye’ll work mischief:” Indeed will I,” quo’ Findlay.’ – Robert Burns, Wha Is That at My Bower Door

‘“Before the morn ye’ll work mischief:” Indeed will I,” quo’ Findlay.’ – Robert Burns, Wha Is That at My Bower Door

Heritage, where do we find our heritage? My mother’s family are Scottish, yet she was born in South Africa. My father’s family are fiercely Welsh (my grandfather Cliff Bere wrote the Welsh Republican Movement Manifesto and had a taste for burning the Union Jack) yet my […]