Happy new year thanks for reading or looking in 2014 and hope you continue in 2015
One of the highlights of the year was 10 days driving from South Wales up to Anglesey in our “new” camper van Ronnie – here are my photos
A few photos taken of the street cleaning
A lone street cleaner
I drink lots of coffee I have an espresso machine I grind beans (from a blend I have mixed myself)
I take photos of my coffee, the beans and the froth
YES I’m a coffee bore – but I love the taste and love the hit – so I’m not all sheds (some beer – coffee porters FTW).
I buy my beans from 3 different places
3) Aldi/Lidl/ Supermarket bulk offers(when available)
I tend to us an espresso machine but also use the hipsters coffee machine of choice the Aeropress
I’m also trying out some Nespresso Carte Noire capsules that I have been sent but in the meantime some nice glasses
but I’m looking to get a V60 as well –
The V60 has similarities to other brewing methods, but differences in design make it a unique method all its own. Constructed with raised, spiraled ribs and a wide aperture that allows coffee to pass evenly through the paper filter, the V60 brews quickly and makes a nuanced, balanced cup.
so if you buy any coffee from pact and I could win one:)
Introduce three coffee-loving friends to Pact and we’ll post you a V60 Starter Kit, giving you a whole new way to brew.
Your personal invitation code is:
Anyone with access to this code will be able to claim their first bag of Pact Coffee for £1.
as I said I’m not a cofee geek just a bore
We made flying visit to London on Friday (on shed business) and decided we had to go and see the Remembrance poppies that have been put around the Tower of London.
Marking one hundred years since the first full day of Britain’s involvement in the First World War. Created by ceramic artist Paul Cummins, with setting by stage designer Tom Piper, 888,246 ceramic poppies will progressively fill the Tower’s famous moat over the summer. Each poppy represents a British military fatality during the war.
It took your breath away really and even in the evening there was lots of people wanting to see them.
Next to one of the railings was a tribute cross to veterans Harry Patch, Pop Riley & Ted Hodge it was very poignant seeing this small cross with the thousands and thousands of poppies in the background.
you can find out more about them over at the Tower Website
below are the rest of my photos taken of the Tower Poppies
No that’s not the number I drank – it’s the number of beers they had on Saturday for their collaboration festival at the Cardiff branch of the Scottish brewery.
For the second year running, we have teamed our UK fleet of bars up with amazing local breweries to brew the biggest en masse collaboration effort known to man! And on Saturday 25th October 2014, you will be able to sample their efforts across 16 UK BrewDog bars.
The stand-out beer was White Chocolate Stout let me repeat that White Chocolate Stout (far left in the photo below) – light in colour but so very tasty – I’m a massive fan of Chocolate stouts as it is but this also had great aroma and unique flavour – but this is now in my top 20.
another favourite was the (ok not biased for Welsh Beer) but the Home of the Fruitcakes (6%) Strawberry & raspberry saison from Celt Experience tasted like a thick fruit sorbet that had melted in the glass
the other one that grab me by the collar was the Lovibonds Purple Rain.
so it looks like Brewdog has got me more into “pudding beer” which can’t be a bad thing.
Here is the full list
Aberdeen & Cromarty – Stoater Scotch Ale (7.5%) Scotch Ale w/ Oats, Brambles and Honey
Birmingham & Quantum Hop. Kettle. Black. (4.8%)
Hopfenschwarzweisse (Hoppy Black Wheat Beer)
Bristol & Wild Beer Co Rosa Canina (5.4%) Saison with rosehips and rosemary
Camden & Pressure Drop Syd Strong’s (7.1%) Black Rye IPA
Cardiff & Celt Experience Home of the Fruitcakes (6%) Strawberry & raspberry saison
Clapham Junction & Brodie’s Southside Zester (Livin La Vida Lime Juice) (3.7%) Lime Berlinerweisse
Dundee & Alechemy Smoked in History (5.2%) Smoked Porter
Edinburgh & Tempest False Provenance (6.8%) Borders Belgian Black ale
Glasgow & Fyne Ales SameWerking (5.1%) Rooibos Red Ale
Leeds & Ilkley Brewery Westwood Stout (6.5%) White Chocolate Stout
Manchester & Tickety Brew Coffee Wit (5.2%) Coffee-Infused Wheat Beer
Newcastle & Tyne Bank Amba Necta (6.5%) Honey and Apricot Amber Ale
Nottingham & Buxton Rough C’s (5%) Oatmeal Amber Lager
Sheffield & Red Willow Shut Up Meg (7%) IPA hopped and dry hopped with Simcoe & Citra
Shepherd’s Bush & Lovibonds Purple Rain (5.8%) Foraged Fruit Sour
Shoreditch & Five Points Smoke & Mirrors (7.8%) Smoked Porter