Indoor surfing, sea fishing, major curries, tiling, plumbing, lots of cycling, back in the pool, cocktail class, it’s quieting down ahead of my India trip.

Feel free to click on the links and buy the stuff :-)

While in Ireland I bought a few cook books for Vern as they were small but looked to have great recipes. We cooked the Chicken Balti from the Everyday Indian book (linked above). It was stunning. So we decided to do a few more of the recipes when Sarah and Loic came to dinner. They were a great success, especially the Onion Bhajis. So we repeated the experience when the Schlumberger boys and their partners came for dinner. The food was stunning, even if I do say so myself. Get yourself a copy as the food is just amazing. We even made our best ever home made naan using the recipe from the book.

After 6 months of my new bathroom tiles sitting in the garage I decided it was time to get the tiling done. I’ve been doing the plumbing, demolition, chippy, lecky and tea boy duties while Dave the tiler has been hard at work on the tiling. I’ve taught myself how to plumb in loos and sinks, drain central heating systems and remove radiators, block in pipework, plane doors and rehang them, mount mirrors using silicone, fit sinks and seal them with silicone, fit taps and plugs holes, put in shower doors... It’s been quite rewarding to see two new bathrooms come together and look stunning. Maybe I’ll just give up work and start my own chain of properties, doing them up as I go along.

So now there’s just 5 or so days until I bomb off to India. I’m really excited about it. I’m not sure how my legs are going to feel but if Matt Baker can do it on a rickshaw then I’m sure I can cycle less distance each day on a mountain bike. I’ve had 9 jabs so far with just one more to come. They’ve been expensive though, £296. I’m stocked up with Imodium and even antibiotics for Delhi Belly. I’ve got lots of cycling gear so I’m almost ready. Let’s just hope I don’t crap my shorts! I’m also hoping we don’t get eaten by tigers the day we cycle through the tiger reserve.

So other than Vern having his first service, going on a cocktail making course for Melanie’s birthday and catching up with the English Heritage team at Sarah Gillis’ 40th there isn’t much else to say.

The next blog will be after 10th December when I return from India, I’m not taking my laptop so you’ll just have to wait. Wish me luck!