Friday, August 25, 2006

Old. Peculier.

We tootled off to Scunthorpe the next day and had a minor scrape with the ticket inspector who said our tickets weren't valid but he'd let us off this time. BetterArf's mum and dad both live in Scunthorpe, separately. First stop was mother-in-law's, and after a quick cup of tea we headed off to a nice local pub for lunch. This pub has Theakston's Old Peculier on draught and I thought I'd try it. I've had OP in the past, and enjoyed it, but I really wasn't prepared for this. It was absolutely superb! I emptied half the glass with my first sip. Two more sips and it was all gone. The barmaid was still doing the rest of the order and looked with puzzlement at my empty glass. I ordered another one. Oh it was marvellous!

We spent the afternoon doing a spot of shopping, and I made a tortilla in the evening. This was the only cooking that I got to do on the entire trip.

The next day we headed across town to the daddy-in-law's. He's an excellent cook with a well-stocked drinks cupboard and a broadband connection. What more could anyone ask for! He very kindly drove us over to the house of our writer friends, but they were out. We left a note to let them know we were in town and gave them the phone number at daddy-in-law's. We didn't hear from them till the next day though because that's when they found the note.

So the next day was our last full one in England. We went to see 'Kate Walker' and her husband that evening and had a lovely time. As always, we came away laden with books - our wedding present from them was a copy of every book she had published. We only see them every two or three years so there were about six new titles to catch up with. Plus, hubbie has recently started getting published so we got three of his books too! Of course I wasn't worried about the damn baggage allowance!

And that, dear munchkins, is about all I have to say about our holiday. Apart from it was totally fab and I loved it. Farmer-girl loved it too.

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Blogger nzm said...

excellent reports as usual, Keefie!

7:59 pm  
Blogger Kate Walker said...

It was wonderful to see you too

Hope you enjoy the books - and sorry about the excess baggage


2:54 am  
Blogger Al Ain Taxi said...

I love real ale too. I drink far too much of the stuff when I'm in the Uk on account of it not being available in the UAE. My favourite is probably Abbot Ale or Old Speckled Hen, I'm being a southern lass.

3:08 pm  
Blogger Keefieboy said...

Taxi - didya know cans of Abbot & Old Spotty Hen can be got from MMI in Dubai? Not the same as the real thing but infinitely better than any lager!

3:55 pm  
Blogger Jin said...

I just read (out loud) the bits about the new Frenchgate & bus station......I don't think we'd recognise Doncaster nowadays! I think he's quietly drooling at the mention of REAL ale bless him!

10:06 pm  
Blogger Seabee said...

Just love that Old Peculier! The George in Youlegreave in the Peak District does a fantastic home made steak & ale pie using it too - you can drink an OP while you're eating one!

10:52 pm  
Blogger Al Ain Taxi said...

OMG Keefie, you've just made a Taxi and her bloke very happy. My beer gut will get even bigger now...

6:05 am  

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