Recently when I went for my haircut at the beginning of the year, somehow the discussion with my barber drifted to the topic of wine. My barber told me that his father had bought a commemorative bottle of wine from Italia ’90, and over the Christmas 2017 they had decided to open that bottle to drink. Unfortunately the cork had dried up and the wine had oxidised into vinegar. But he had retained that interesting bottle at his shop as a souvenir of that event.
A few weeks after this, I was rummaging through the kitchen cupboards looking for something, when I stumbled across a small bottle of Bordeaux wine. As the provenance (where the wine came from, life cycle and storage conditions) was not ideal, I was skeptical but curious about what that wine would look like, how it would smell and taste. I told my wife that I would like to have a taste test of this with her, and she was definitely up for it. I moved it into the wine fridge for a few weeks, while we waited for the ideal time to do the taste test. Continue reading A Pleasant Surprise→
Here is wishing everyone a Merry Christmas filled with lots of good cheer, joy and laughter. Have a wonderful time. I shall have lots more to post, as there will be plenty of ‘toys’ to play with and review. Sadly we do not have a white Christmas this year, and our snowman Albert had completely melted about three days before Christmas. But we are filled with joy and feel God’s blessings for us as a family. I leave you with 3 photos to commemorate this festive occasion.
With the cold snap coming to England, there was warning that there would be snow fall expected on Sunday. Hence on Sunday morning, we woke up unsurprisingly to our neighbourhood completely covered in snow. And the snow just kept on falling. In the morning, I took the opportunity to take my daughter sledging in our village park, and in the afternoon after lunch to build our first snow man in many years in our back garden. Continue reading Snow in Oxford→
It is that time of year again when our Christmas tree comes out of storage and we decorate it together as a family. This year our youngest daughter had the privilege to choose the new Christmas decoration for the year – a tradition we have had since 1998 (last 20 years). Continue reading Christmas Tree→
With our home entertainment hub/games rooms coming to fruition, it was time to kit it up with the latest technology to make it the funnest and most popular room of the house. In this post I will be showing the list of gear which we have bought for this room. Continue reading The Entertainment Hub/Games Room Setup→
Recently I thought it would be worth exploring other cocktails which may be worth making. One of those is the Singapore Sling, which is highly well known but that we had never actually drunk during our visits to Singapore. And as I had most of the ingredients to make this anyway, I decided to give it a go. Continue reading Singapore Sling→
Recently we were made aware of a quaint little cafe along St Clement’s Street in Oxford, called Rachel’s Cafe, as one of our neighbours bought us some moon cakes from there around the Mid-Autumn festival. Hence we decided that we would go visit there to get lunch and more moon cakes late last Saturday morning. Continue reading Rachel’s Cafe in Oxford→
Ever since I bought the Amazon Echo dot, I have been wishing for the ability to use it as an intercom within our house. With our house spread over 3 floors, having an intercom would make it easier to communicate with my daughters when they are upstairs or for them to check with my wife when dinner will be served. Hence when it was announced by Amazon that calling and messaging was coming to their devices and through the Amazon Alexa App, I could not wait to get this setup. Continue reading Amazon Alexa -Calling and Messaging UK→
I had been aware of the iOS 11 update which had become available recently. After delaying this by over a week, I decided to take the plunge and update my iPhone 6 plus. The process was uneventful and so I updated my iPad Pro as well. Yesterday, I was singing the praises of the iOS 11 to my wife, and suggested that she update this. But shortly after this, I needed to look for some personal information which I had saved in my Notebooks 6 App. To my dismay, I was met with a screen saying that it was no longer functioning in iOS 11 and needed to be updated by the developer of the App before it could be used.
I had a lot of personal information saved away in the App which I could no longer access – I started panicking. I immediately texted my wife to ask her not to update to iOS 11, as she also uses the Notebooks 6 App to store a lot of her important information. Unfortunately she replied that she had already done it, which was rather unusual for my wife as she normally leaves the updating of her devices until she has no choice but to update; was my fault for suggesting to her to update. Suddenly a sense of regret had set down on both of us for updating to iOS 11. But there must be a solution to our problem. Continue reading Notebooks 6 App issue with iOS 11 – Solution→
This thread is not about mobile phones, but of freshly picked fruits. Over the weekend, while we were walking to our Village Hall, we passed by the village park. This was when we noted that there were blackberry bushes which were bearing ripe fruit ready for the picking. Needless to say, when we went home, we took two empty baskets and made our way back out to pick the blackberries. Continue reading Blackberries and Apples→