Chalk cliffs and surging surf where the South Downs meet the sea at the foot of Seaford Head, Sussex.
Day trip out from London to hike along the lower slopes of Blencathra, Lonscale Fell and Skiddaw in The Lake District. A rare close encounter with a red squirrel, as startled by me as I was by this enchanting sight.
Vin Santos are all different; this one, from the Santa Christina brand whose estates are around Arezzo, dates from 2012 so has benefited from more than the five year minimum cellar time. Golden yellow in appearance, keeping its colour even to the glass. Terry tasted caramel, I was thinking more of Mead and honey. This Tuscan Vin Santo is not particularly sweet, and although distinctive in its own right, it is more Madeira than Sherry. Nothing like any French dessert wine. This bottle was a personal import from our trip to Tuscany earlier in 2018.
An excellent accompaniment to a celebration Cassata, pomegranate seeds, chocolate pepites, marrons glacés and pistachio pieces on layers of panettone soaked in Triple Sec and a cream made with Marsala, Mascarpone etc.
A walk in Richmond Park, London, on the shortest day of the year.
So Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake is not just mainstream, but striped across the schedule for up to two performances per day at Sadler’s Wells theatre as the main Christmas programme. Maybe we shouldn’t be surprised, in its original version Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake was uncannily true to Tchaikovsky’s music and spookily accurate with its reading of the Prince as emotionally stunted, almost sociopathic and the swans as the voices in his head of good and evil.
Ride out to La Ciotat, the small-scale Mediterranean port between Toulon and Marseille.
GPN ‘Looking the Other Way’
The annual exhibition of the Gay Photographers Network
Art to Wildlife; large-format high-gloss photography to intense abstraction, GPN’s exhibition showcases the huge diversity of talent in this group. 30 photographers are exhibiting this year. GPN’s show is part of Photomonth, the East London Photography Festival.
Menton on the French Riviera, known for its sandy beaches, palm and lemon trees and the artist Jean Cocteau.
Backpacking to the summit of Square Top Mountain, Wyoming, 3564 m. (11,695 ft.) - wading the Green River. July 1991.