I don’t think Riesling will ever be fashionable, but I do enjoy it. Tonight I’m sipping a nice one from Leitz in Germany’s Rheingau, who I visited last May. It’s not one of their top wines, but it is very drinkable – the Rudesheimer Kabinett 2008, showing honeyed, limey fruit and crisp grapefruit notes on the finish. At £13.50 from Booths it’s probably (if I’m being honest) a little over-priced, but it is bringing me considerable pleasure after a difficult day. And it’s only 8.5% alcohol (with 36 g/l residual sugar).
Yesterday older son came home from school in Devon with a friend to stay. Younger son also had a friend for a sleep-over, which meant our house was full. Today they were planning to spend the day at Thorpe Park (a theme park near here, which they absolutely adore, but which for me is almost as close as it gets on earth to hell).
So we got up early, and after walking the dog and having breakfast it was time to set off. But the off-side front tyre had a big bulge in the sidewall, known as a bleb. Considering Fiona obtained this on her way home by hitting a kerb at speed, and then spent a considerable time driving on motorways afterwards, she was lucky not to have had a serious blow-out.
But it meant I had to change the tyre. So I started to work on the nuts, only to find them particularly tight. When I tried to release the locking nut, it sheared. This meant that without a new locking nut (and Mazda were closed for the holiday) I couldn’t get the tyre replaced, or use the car. You can imagine the response on the part of the kids.
In the end, they got to Thorpe Park fairly easily by means of two bus journeys. And in picking them up, I got to go behind the scenes, as one of Fiona’s clients (she now works for Surrey CC supporting people with disabilities in employment) is working there, and Fiona used the chance to check on her progress.
The kids were very happy: younger son has a letter from his psychiatrist which means he doesn’t have to queue for rides at theme parks, and his three buddies with him were able to share this concession. Now they are all asleep, exhausted. The first two days of the holidays have been successfully navigated. Just 14 more to go!