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June 2013: Caves, woods, and parks

For my brother's birthday my parents had prepared a choice of walks around Meopham, Kent, from which my brother picked one to do on the day. It was a good choice. First we came across some inquisitive pigs, who were super-cute:

little piiiiggies

Then we crossed through some fields and some woodland, until we were greeted by some friendly old horses, including a little pigmy horse. We stopped for a quick drink at a pub, looking over at a cottage that kept doves, and eventually made our way back to Meopham where we had a meal at a pub restaurant.



Emily and I went to Chislehurst Caves early the next Saturday morning, and were delighted to find that we'd managed to beat the crowd and had an entire tour to ourselves, meaning we could pace it how we wanted to. We walked around the Saxon, Druid and Roman parts of the cave system, stopping at the human sacrifice altar in the Druid caves to let the tour guide take our lanterns and leave us alone while she went to bang a gigantic gong. It was pitch black, slightly scary, and incredibly awesome. After leaving the Caves, we took a picturesque walk along a riverside to Petts Wood, which we roamed for a while, taking in the peaceful woodland.

On Sunday we went to St James Park, where we first met, to celebrate the 2nd year of knowing each other in person. We had a walk around the park, made a daisy chain, and I wore the daisy chain to the Vietnamese restaurant Pho where we had tasty noodle soup.



After work on the 20th, we went to Hampstead Heath and visited the pergola, laying in the sun for a while looking up through the tree canopies at the sky. We gave each other piggy backs in the woodland before going to share a delicious Ferrero Rocher and Oreo Cookie milkshake at a place called Tinseltown.



Last weekend we went to see Stomp, which is impossible to describe more succinctly than you should see this but is basically a music/dance performance using objects like matchboxes, brooms, rubbish bin lids and barrels as percussion instruments. I'd seen it about ten years ago with my family and this time was for Emily's birthday present. It was better than I remembered, very funny and really engaging.

When we got home, we watched The Breakfast Club, the first time I'd seen it, watched the sunset, and danced in the rain in the garden.



To celebrate our first kiss two years ago, we went to Joydens Wood after work and retraced our steps. The sun stayed out and as we headed back the setting sun cast some amazing light into the woodland. We walked back to the Baltizer Indian restaurant for dinner, our favourite place to eat after walking the woods.



Later in the week, Emily had the idea of getting up early and going to have a picnic breakfast, something that has been on her life list. We decided to go to Green Park, which has some nice quiet spots if you know where to find them (and we do!), so prepared all the things we would take the night before, and set the alarm for 5am. In the morning, we made a flask of tea and our breakfast smoothies, and packed those along with fresh strawberries and grapes before heading up to London. We stopped off on Piccadilly to get some tasty pastries from the Paul there before finding a spot to put the blanket down. The sun came out for us while we were eating and everything was delicious. I'd thoroughly recommend a breakfast picnic to everyone, it puts you in a good mood for the rest of the day! We're going to do another one soon.



Yesterday was Tau Day, and by a nice coincidence it is Pi radians around the year – if it were represented as a circle – from my birthday. So, for a half-birthday treat, I took a late lunch from work and met Emily in Kahve Dünyası, a Turkish coffee shop that serves amazing chocolate truffle cake. I also tried Turkish coffee with mastic, which added an ... interesting pine flavour to it. A good afternoon tea :)

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