Posted by: lucylastic | August 26, 2008

Just too busy to blog!!!!

I have been buried deep inside various marketing plans at work for the last couple of weeks – and my blogging has suffered. Over the past days, I have planned to regale you with ‘tales of the riverbank’ and a (short) review of the lovely Caldesi in Campagna, (yes, again, they keep changing their menus and they are fabulous).

Anyway, I still don’t have loads of time, so here are the edited highlights! I’m sorry, but that’s the best I can do for now!  

Tales of the Riverbank.

Hammy Hamster (narrated by Johnny Morris)

Hammy Hamster (narrated by Johnny Morris)

I remember with great fondness from my childhood a TV children’s show entitled ‘Tales of the Riverbank’ – featuring Hammy Hamster and friends, (narrated by the incredibly talented, but truly grumpy old man, Johnny Morris – I should know, he used to live across the fields from me and once complained about how much noise we were making at a New Year’s Eve party) – I thought there may have been a water vole in it, but it turns out not to be the case – just a water rat, a frog and some other characters – check out more on Wikipedia if you need a memory jog. Anyway, lovely husband and myself recently partook in our very own ‘tales from the canalside’ and I wanted to pass it on. Firstly, would you know a vole if you saw one, did you know there were water voles and land voles? No, me neither. I still haven’t ACTUALLY seen a vole, but I have a jolly good idea of where to look for one after a little stroll along the canal in Swindon recently. Led by an enthusiastic and not too overbearing volunteer from the Parks & Rivers dept, (or whatever they are called), a Sunday afternoon stroll in search of these elusive, but sweet creatures was a delight – even though it kept threatening to rain on us all. ‘Us all’ were a very motley crew, (we were invited by friends more usually found quaffing a decent red than out in their wellies, but everyone deserves a change), a few families with children and an assortment of single walkers who had read about the event in the local paper. If I ever do see a vole for real, I’ll let you know.

Caldesi in Campagna

Enjoyed yet another excellent home-cooked and very individually styled Italian meal at the wonderful Caldesi’s in Campagna this weekend with my friend Gail and her lovely partner, J. Doubly nice as it was a last minute, unexpected invite and the food, wine and company were all on top form. A glass of Prosecco always starts an evening off well, as do big, juicy olives – plenty were available. A squid ink pasta, (black pasta – looked great on the plate) with a mix of seafood in it was a great starter – my only criticism is that it was a very generous portion. My companions went for sea-bass filled ravioli in a butter sauce, (which I know to be divine as I have tried it on a previous occasion), scallops and bacon and something that I’ve now forgotten….. Mains were veal saltimbocca, 2 x fillet steak strips with duck and a mixture of duck, pheasant and grouse (I think) from Gail. It really was very good indeed – the accompanying veg were small in portion, especially the fried potatoes – but we were all full really. The home-baked bread at the start with tangy balsamic and olive oil to dip it in goes down well too. We managed to leave enough room for desserts – semi-frddo with pistachios, 2 lots of chocolate tart – very rich and creamy and doughnut sticks with home-made custard and sauce. Limoncello and Grappa di Prosecco rounded things off nicely. Do try it if you possibly can.

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  1. Very enjoyable evening at Caldesi Lucy and the food is sublime.

    I remember Tales of the Riverbank well. Must have been horrendous filming all those animals! Do you remember Pogles Wood? That was one of my favourites.


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