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The Pineapple Pub, Brimptom Common, Berkshire.

With our supper already sorted for this evening (Steve has made a Beef Rendang with rice and flat breads!) and after all our jobs done, we were looking forward to a couple of quiet drinks down at our local pub, the Pineapple, at Brimpton Common.

Hanging baskets adorn the front of the Pineapple Pub, Brimpton Common.
Hanging baskets adorn the front of the Pineapple Pub, Brimpton Common.

We had both been to the gym earlier that morning so there wasn’t any guilt about a beverage or two.  We were extremely delighted that Robin Redbreast joined us while we were there.  He loves the beer  garden at the Pineapple.  We must remember to take a few little bits of bread for him next time we visit!

Robin Redbreast joined us for a drink at the Pineapple Pub, Brimpton Common.
Robin Redbreast joined us for a drink at the Pineapple Pub, Brimpton Common.

So, it was very relaxing, sipping on a Stowford Press Cider in the lovely beer garden with Robin and Steve who ejoyed his pint of London Pride.

Jenny Kirwan (me!) enjoying my Stowford Press Cider in the beer garden at the Pineapple, Brimptom Common.
Jenny Kirwan (me!) enjoying my Stowford Press Cider in the beer garden at the Pineapple, Brimptom Common.

The Badger’s Wood Pub, Baughurst, Tadley, Hampshire.

A very friendly local pub, The Badgers Wood
A very friendly local pub, The Badgers Wood

We have known this pub for only a short time but can safely say it would have to be run by the most welcoming, friendly couple. 

 Alan is spot on with the care of his real ales.  Bombardier and Hobgoblin are the most popular and always poured expertly by Alan or Sylvia his hard working wife.  She has the gift of the gab, always with a smile on her face.  Even when their boiler decided it wanted to go to heaven, she made sure her customers were kept warm with the open fires blazing constantly….still with a cheery smile.

The Badgers Wood, Strongbow Cider and Bombardier
The Badgers Wood, Strongbow Cider and Bombardier

It’s a great locals pub and a good spot to call in for a quick glass or two.

Sisters Forever!

I checked email messages on my old email address today and I was very excited and delighted to receive a message from my younger sister, Fiona.  She lives in Melbourne,  Australia and we haven’t spoken since her Birthday last May, 2010.

Fiona and Jenny Kirwan at their brother Gary Kirwan's Pub, The sherlock Holmes Inn, Melbourne, Australia.
Fiona and Jenny Kirwan at their brother Gary Kirwan's Pub, The sherlock Holmes Inn, Melbourne, Australia.

 I still miss her dearly, even though we haven’t been part of each other’s lives for some time now.  We are only 18 months apart and we were very close to each other growing up.  She was (and still is) a great animal lover.  Growing up she had pet guinea pigs and rabbits and would you believe a pet rooster called “Gertie.”  This rooster was a horrible creature and would chase everyone around the back yard and out into the paddock, trying to attack anyone with its ever-growing spurs!  Fiona was the only one who Gertie didn’t attack.  She seemed to have power over this animal and would eventually pick him up easily and put him back in his large cage.  I was terrified of this bird!

So, I hope this is the start of Fiona keeping in touch again.  She has my new email address and hopefully she will read this post.  If you do Fiona, I always have and will continue to love my little sister dearly.

Sunshine at last!!

Set off this morning at 7:30am after a quick breakfast and cup of tea for another long walk.  I made us sandwiches, thermos of coffee and we were off to Kingsclere.  A pretty good start to the New Year ahead, that’s for sure.

BBC weather website is wrong again! and instead of expecting thick fog, we were greeted with a lovely morning…..broken cloud with the sun trying hard to peek through in places.  Walking conditions were pretty good temperature wise with little wind….but quite soft underfoot.  Mud that cakes hiking boots like you weigh an extra tonne isn’t the best but being out in the fresh air was wonderful.

So, from Kingsclere we walked to the outskirts of Hannington towards Malshanger Park.  It was beautiful…..Steve added a detour on another trail we had not yet walked and it was worth the extra distance.  We then made our way towards Kingsclere but this time through some lovely countryside we hadn’t walked for a while.  It seemed we were constantly climbing slopes and not many down hill sections.  No complaints really just pleased to achieved such a great distance for our fitness…. not to mention the enjoyment and health benefits of breathing in all that clean, country air.  In all, we walked about 25kms (that’s about 15.5miles I think)  A little further today but we pulled up very well with no injuries to speak of.  Of course we finished the walk with our traditional pint in “The George and Dragon” pub and after a lovely hot bath to soak our tired muscles we were feeling pretty good.

Having an Italian Beef Casserole this evening with some lovely savoy cabbage.  Think a serve of this in front of the fire will do us the world of good after our efforts today…..and along with a glass of red or two, I think we will sleep very well tonight!

Boxing Day half marathon!

Boxing Day this year for me has been pretty decent.  We woke up to a magnificent sunny morning….still freezing though.  We felt we had to make the most of this sunshine (haven’t seen a lot of it lately!) and decided to go on one of our much loved long walks.  Today, we would start from Kingsclere and walk to Hannington then on the Wayfarers Path to the Gallops then down into Sydmonton, through the Lloyd-Webber Estate then on to Eccinswell and back to Kingsclere.  All up, around 22kms (13-14 miles).

So, although feeling a little seedy from a few! extra drinks yesterday, not to mention all that rich food, Steve set about making us a quick beans on toast and some yummy Christmas ham sandwiches while I washed my hair.  I made us a thermos of coffee, Steve filled the water bottle and we were off around 8:30am and were walking by 8:45am.

The day was stunning…….so sunny with only a breath of wind.  Walking conditions were sensational, although a little slippery in some spots but mostly just crunchy snow.  Didn’t see much wildlife…sheep, two hares, horses, many Robin Redbreast and a large number of other birds fighting to get the last of the berries on the trees.

We stopped for coffee on the highest point of the Gallops where the veiws were magnificent, as per usual.  By this stage, my bit of a hangover had disappeared in the chilly air and I felt amazing.

Three hours into the walk and I was starting to get tired and wanted to find a nice warm spot to curl up and sleep!!  But we were going to finish with a pint in “The George and Dragon” pub so I had to keep soldiering on……….

We were eventually in the last field before we reached Kingsclere.  The feeling we felt was that of achievement and immense satisfaction.  Four hours walking on the icy snow topped landscape was a huge effort, mentally and physically.  Fantastic!  Won’t feel guilty having that pint of Thatchers Cider!

Fire-side chat at the George and Dragon, Wolverton Townsend, Hampshire

One of my favourite, relaxing, most enjoyable pastimes….. to kill an hour  in the early evening, is sitting with my husband at the round table by the amazing, blazing fire at the George and Dragon Pub in Wolverton Townsend. 

By the fire at the George and Dragaon, Wolverton Townsend.
By the fire at the George and Dragaon, Wolverton Townsend.

 It’s a five minute drive or so from our place and never disappoints.  I occasionally drag my husband there at lunchtime on my day off for a pint and a serve of their lovely pork pate.  We find it hard leaving that table when it’s bitter and cold outside! 

It is a very well run country pub and as the owners have been there for 25yrs now, they take great pride in the running of the place.  My husband is a huge fan of real ale! and will be delighted to tell anyone that Lionel tends his cellar of ales to the highest standards.  “This is very good”, “top class” is often heard from his lips (when the pint glass isn’t touching that part of his face!) 

Christmas is looking magnificent here already with Lionel’s talented wife Paula decorating the characterful pub with her touch of Christmas.  She has a lot of class and does a brilliant job at running this pub with Lionel. 

Even though we are in the depths of bitter, winter conditions now, I must mention this pub in the summer is also a real gem.  They have a huge, magnificent green outlook from numerous tables facing a beautiful old willow tree.  In the spring, this is under planted with a huge display of daffodils.  Also, plenty of parking and very dog friendly.  We are off there for a bite to eat on Friday night, perhaps a bottle of a lovely Australian red wine along with a great steak from Wyatt’s Butchers Wolverton Park…..Magnificent!  Hope no one has booked the round table by the fire!   Will keep you posted!