This week is photography. I recently took a visit to Rheged and they had an exhibition on featuring Ian Lawson. The sheep who feature are good old Cumbrian Herdwick. The Landscapes are of Cumbria too and are captured perfectly, although he must have gone out on the odd few none rainy days. If you've never visited Cumbria these photos will make you wish your next holiday was here. Or at least transport you there for two minutes. Ian is a Lancashire lad who moved to The Lake District in 2008. To find out more about him click here.
I love the photo's, alas we have no space on the wall. If you are in the area get down and go and have a look, you have till the 19th April 2015. For those not able to go see it, Rheged have kindly given you a snap shot here (scroll to the bottom of the page).
Ellezelloise Hercule Stout 9% Belgium
Presented in a little brown swing top bottle and a little picture of Hercule Poirot himself. The beer is named after him as this was where he was born on the 1st April 1850 (fictional).
The beer is almost black with a nice beige creamy head. A spicy(ish) mocha coffee smell, but the coffee beans don't smell or taste roasted to an inch within their lives, more a 2 day old picked from the tree smell. Maybe this is the pine everyone says is in it. As soon as the beer touches my tongue it starts to do a jig. There is nothing much else I can say about this beer, the smell does it in the taste too. The finish has a hoppy bitterness and the flavours don't over power one another. Even though I'm not keen on that bitter taste – which evidently doesn't last long I like this dark brooding beer. Think this beer is going to go down rather fast. Hopefully in an hour my little grey cells will still be working.
Want to know more about the brewery and what else they produce – here you go.
I also found these guys for my American friends who import it for the American market. As for my English friends I got it from a The Magnolia (bar) in Keswick. Any other nationalities I have no idea where you would get 1 bottle from. If you find – Enjoy!
COVERED IN WEEDS
I HAVE THINGS GROWING IN MY GARDEN – LOOK!! It may not surprise you, but it does me.
For starters you see this Rosemary bush/twig well..
It was once part of a bigger bush I bought from a garden centre, back when I lived in Lincolnshire in 2008. It got planted in the ground and when I moved to Cumbria few years later it moved with me in a pot. Which I then re -planted it and subsequently that summer forgot to water it! I then stuck it back in a pot next to my 'Is it dead yet'? Corner and talked / threatened it! It grew and as a savvy gardener I decided to trim it, more like butcher it.
The stalks I had cut off as an experiment I stuck them in the ground, occasionally watered, run my fingers through and left them – still next to the dead corner (as a threat!). Two years later wham bam thank you mam! I dug them up and they only blumming had roots on! The other original bush had departed this mortal coil (not enough sun block I reckon) so I replanted it in the pot – right before we had hot weather (stupid!) Anyway I took a few nippings (nickings as my Granddad called them) from this bush and placed on the 'Is it going to die'? shelf. Look it survived everything Mother Nature threw at it, the little cuttings have flowers on! Bit early for that isn't it?!? I surprise myself sometimes.
Here's my nearly all year round pot of flowers. It came from my brother who eventually didn't get anything to grow from it other than leaves, so I took it home re potted it all and added stuff to it over the year. Daffodils are just popping out and the Snowdrops are just going. What's going to flower next I wonder?
Is there anything in your garden that has popped, you forgot was there? What are you planting this weekend?
MUSINGS (you may need to get comfy for this one this week)
Now lets get one thing straight I have not read the book and nor shall I see the film. It doesn't interest me, my friends wouldn't even dare drag me to watch it. In fact, wait, I don't even know a friend that has read the book or seen the film. And if they secretively have I wouldn't think any less of them.
BUT, I had a mad creative moment last week stood over a steaming hot tub of of 150,000k malt stirring it in. Ellie Golding does the title track to the 50 Shades of Grey Film and whilst it's a good song and she's a lovely lady I feel this song is now going down the root of Bryan Adams and his too many weeks at number one tune titled Everything I do (I do it for you) for the film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. There has been according to the all knowing encyclopedia of the World Wide Web a total of six single releases from this album one of which recently was a Bruce Springsteen cover. I can't say I've actually heard all of these releases, but then again the Radio can do funny things to your mind.
In this mad moment I thought, wouldn't it be fun or plain crazy to make my own Alternative 50 Shades of Grey soundtrack. So here you go, click on the track, hopefully there is something in it you recognise and actually love. It does however need to be played in this order, now no skipping any tunes till you've actually heard 10 seconds of them.
Nina Simmone – I Want a Little Sugar in my bowl
Marvin Gaye – Let's get it on
Shaggy – Mr Loverman
Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya, Pink - Lady Marmalade
Electric six – High Voltage
Aerosmith – Love in an Elevator (This got stuck on 'shagging' in our recreation room at college one day, it had been played constantly, sure someone scratched it in the right place. To this day when I hear this song it makes me grin)
Def Leppard – Pour some sugar on me
Elastica – Vaseline (live version - sorry one swear word at the beginning)
Salt & Pepper – Push It
Lady Gaga – Love Game
Rhianna – S & M
Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Relax
And the secret hidden tracks that scare the bgeebers out of you when the track listing has gone off and you've forgotten the CD is still spinning around. You know you've jumped at them CD track's, don't deny it! These will scare you, but couldn't place them in the line up above and I didn't want to discount them. If you are of a nervous disposition do not watch and do not listen to the following - seriously.
Marilyn Manson – Sweet Dreams ( watch if you don't scare easily ;-) )
Nine Inch Nails – Closer (listen if you dare ;-) there's swearing be warned)
My Man's opinion of the track listing was “ Have you actually seen the film”?
Me : “No”
My Man “I don't think they actually would go with the film”
Me: “But this is a better version. Wait a minute, when have you seen the film”?
My Man : Shakes his head and continues with his business.
Me: “What's wrong with the selection”?
My Man: Shakes his head again in despair.
Me: “Would you like to make a contribution”?
My Man: Still shaking his head from the first question. Although a smirk appeared when I started singing (attempting) Elastica's track lol.
So would you buy this album? Did it make you smile. Or was you disgusted with my choices? On reflection maybe Mr Loverman was a step too far (said in a sarcastic tone as I know which will be a step too far). Have I missed any classics out that should be on? What would your Alternative 50 Shades of Grey album feature?
Enjoy whatever you do this weekend and hopefully I will see you this time next week. And a big Thanks for keeping on coming back.
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Places to visit
Robin Hoods Bay
Sweetheart Abbey (Scotland)
Isle of Wight P1
Isle of Wight P2
HoleHird Gardens (Cumbria)
Brougham Hall (Cumbria)
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