Sir John Barleycorn Revisited

“As the wind howled and the rain lashed at our window panes”, it seemed appropriate this morning for me to recover the pictures from

Later we drove through just such a gale to meet Helen and Rob for lunch at the Sir John Barleycorn pub at Cadnam.

All the following photographs are by Jackie.

We were greeted with a tree blown across the road nearby.

Arriving just before midday opening time,

my Assistant Photographer was taken with the owls topping the entrance porch thatches. This will surprise no-one familiar with our garden.

She also produced some inside images, including the stack of highchairs, one of which may sometime prove useful to Ellie.

I chose the Railway-on-the-bone lamb curry with pilau rice; Jackie, a burger, chips, and salad; Helen, fish chips, and mushy peas; and Rob, skate wing, chips and salad. We all enjoyed our fusion choices, except that Rob, for whom this was the first such fish dish, wouldn’t choose it again. My brother in law and I both drank London Pride bitter, while the driving ladies both chose soft drinks.

An enjoyable, animated, conversation took place throughout.

This evening we all dined on Jackie’s wholesome chicken and vegetable stewp with fresh crusty bread, of which, on account of my lunch, I enjoyed a very small portion with a glass Patrick Chodot cru du Beaujolais Fleurie 2021. The Culinary Queen drank Hoegaarden.