October was a busy month, which I neglected to write about at the time and am therefore backdating now.
We went to Winchester twice. First with some friends who are moving away soon, we did a bit of a pub crawl and saw Sofie Hagen do her new show ‘Dead Baby Frog’. The second time was the astronomy group’s usual Winchester Pub Crawl which had more drinking and less (intentional) comedy. Both times we had dinner at new places, we tried out Piecaramba, which was good and suitably nerdy, and then Overdraft’s new location in Winchester, which serves scrumptious tacos.
In between those two local outings we had a couple of bigger adventures;
We flew out to Jersey in the Channel Islands to visit Tobes! This was a trip planned for literally years and postponed multiple times, but it was well worth the wait. Jersey has a unique history and culture, half English and half French and we lucked out with lovely weather during our visit which made it feel that much more Mediterranean. We did a lot of sightseeing, with Mont Orgueil Castle as the highlight; besides being a very cool castle it was full of art exhibitions related to its history including The Wounded Man, The Dance of Death, Witches in Hell, and the somewhat eccentric Medieval Wheel of Urine.
Grosnez Castle was on the other hand was little more than a ruin, but the scenery it inhabits is truly stunning and more than makes up the lack of an actual castle.
Tobes was an excellent host and we gave us the full tour of the island – which is just beautiful. We walked along the beaches, ate well and drank quite a lot. Dinner on Saturday was at La Taverne with some charming friends of his and then Sunday we were served a truly bounteous seafood feast in his home, prepared by his equally charming mother. On Monday we should have been back home but apparently the apocalypse was on! Fires in one place, hurricanes in another, and a sky that looked like Cthuluh’s own welcoming party. In any case our flight was cancelled, so we ended up having pizza at a cute Italian place and then watched Paint Your Wagon back at the house.
The weekend after we went to London to do the Harry Potter WB Studio Tour, courtesy of John’s parents. It was very, very impressive. They’ve kept everything from the making of the movies and it is all beautifully made and expertly laid out; costumes, props, sets, tons of information, and plenty of opportunities to get very close to things. As it was near Halloween at the time they had bonus Dark Arts things around the place, like Bellatrix Lestrange’s costume and some Death Eater appearances. One of the nice things was how broad the coverage was, with displays focusing on specific areas such as the prosthetics room, which I suspect a lot of my costumer friends would have been fascinated by.
And finally, we went to Peterborough to visit John’s family and see Ed Byrne do his new show ‘Spoiler Alert’. While this was technically at the start of November I am too lazy to make a separate post for it. This was the second time I’ve seen him and it was a very good show, and after the show we even ran into another Peterborough fan, Cardinal Cox.