Back from Bristol

Just back from a great weekend in Bristol, staying with Cam and Dave. The leisurely train ride from Paddington to Bristol provides just the right amount of time for reading The Guardian. Once in the west, we took the bus up to Clifton and mooched around before settling on a small cafe for lunch. Not the best value for money meal I’ve ever had, mainly due to the small size of the portions. Delicious, I just expected more!

Still, refuelled we headed downhill skirting the edge of Brandon Hill and into Hotwells and over to Southville via the chocolate path and the cast iron pedestrian bridge over the River Avon.

Installed chez Cam and Dave, we caught up on their news and relaxed with David Attenborough’s reptiles aka Life in Cold Blood.

The evening was nice and sociable, starting with dinner with for nine cooked by Cam – delicious lasagnes, meat and veggie, followed by a magnificent tiramisu – followed by comedy courtesy of The Comedy Box at the Hen and Chickens.

Sunday started with sausage sandwiches (yum!) to get us fired up for a country walk starting and finishing at the gorgeous Marshfield organised by a friend of Cam’s. It was a lovely walk, plenty of time to chat and no rain, despite the forecast! And then a huge lunch at the Catherine Wheel pub in Marshfield – a gorgeous Georgian hostelry. I can see why it’s so popular.

Back to Bristol for a breather, then the train back to London – packed to the gunnels due to engineering works, so thank heavens for booked seats.