Monday, 23 November 2009

November Rain

The weather has taken a turn for the strange.  Rough winds and rain, dark clouds mingling with sunshine and clear skies.  Not too sure what coat to wear, let alone whether I'll need gloves or a hat.  So, with such a pot pourri of outside conditions, a mixture of blog topics today.
I'll start with the walk I took yesterday, all the way up to Alexandra Palace from Kentish Town.  I took the main roads via Highgate (charming, with an intriguing Caffe Nero), Queens Wood and Muswell Park.  Those in the know will already be aware that it was the first home of the BBC back in 1936, and the aeriel is still there.  There is also a pitch and putt course, a boating lake, an ice skating rink and views down to south east london.  I'm thinking I'll have to head up there again - in better weather of course.  Here are some photos from the walk, the Palace and its grounds:

After a long walk like that I needed some good food, and so cooked myself some rice, peas, brocolli, carrots and cod with a nice hollandaise's a picture of that to get your mouth watering

England's winter tour of South Africa finally got properly underway yesterday with the second one day international (the first having been cancelled due to rain).  Paul Collingwood gained his 171st cap, a new record, and subsequently went on to win the man of the match award after two wickets and an unbeaten century to his name.  England won by 7 wickets, with four overs to spare! Pretty resounding result and the sixth one day win in a row against the South Africans.  The next match is a day nighter on Friday.
I've been working on some writing over the weekend, which came off pretty well.  I meant to do some more today but reading got in the way.  I picked up the most recent 'watch' book, The Last Watch, and am already a third of the way through it.  I also got a book by Henning Mankell, creator of Kurt Wallander, the Swedish detective.  Should be an interesting read.
Finally, inspired by the weather, here is another spotify playlist November Rain .  Not ten tracks this time but nine - the other one that I wanted wasn't avaliable on spotify...see if you can guess what it was.


  1. am i sensing a new hobby of yours? Playlist making? ;o) really liket photo number 7 by the way =o) <3

  2. Sacha Distel's version of Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head? That's not available on Spotify, though Bobbie Gentry's weaker effort is.