Monthly Archives: February 2011

Nice Lunch but Mediocre Dinner in the North

To Garstang, for a routine family visit (Thursday-to-Saturday “weekend in the week”) …

Travelled via the newly improved M&S at Warrington Gemini Retail Park: successful purchase of a blue jumper, the like of which I have been hankering after for a while. Oxtail stew for tea; don’t know where Mother-in-Law got the meat from, but it must have been some ox! — we were well filled and the fragments that remained were sufficient to keep her going for several days.

Off to BHS on the Friday, to get a lampshade and bedside lamp for the spare bedroom, which is process of being put right, following the central heating leak in the loft over Christmas. Excellent lunch at the Weird Fish in St Michaels: a place L and I had not been before, though it is apparently a favourite in the family.

Friday evening we were booked into La Passione for out evening meal, in company with Rosemary and Mervyn, and the late addition of Jen and Bill. This is a location we’ve had family outings to before, but under new management — previously know as Salvatore’s, and originally The Farmers Arms pub. The change of ownership has definitely not brought improvement! — in fact, the reverse; though most people expressed some satisfaction, while allowing it was not up to Salvatore’s standard, I personally was pretty disappointed.

Returned home early Saturday p.m. after lunching on Hamlet’s pies.

Marshalling 2011 – Sorted

It’s taken me a while to figure out my marshalling program for this year, but I finally got it done, and the volunteering forms completed. It was handy to be able to use online forms, including Oulton Park this year.

I’m doing OP mainly, of course, but also four visits to Donington (including BTCC and WTCC), plus Mallory, Anglesey and Silverstone.

Particularly pleased to be doing the F1 British Grand Prix, though three days could prove to be a bit of marathon. Finding overnight accommodation within reasonable reach was a bit of a problem – finally settled for Travelodge at Rugby! (there were vacancies nearer, but at a huge premium).

So now, it’s training day in just over a fortnight, and then look forward to first meeting on March 12th at OP.