Active, yet chilled

Quite a packed weekend really. It began with Penny having a momentary Indiana Jones obsession and observing a fox in the garden. After that, Monkey Mark is back in the country for a short period of time, so Penny and I went to St Albans once more to go say hallo and to get out of Aldershot for a day or so. Quite a nice Saturday was spent talking about this, that and the other whilst picnicking in Verulamium Park, before heading off for a couple of nice pints and a lesson in poker.

Sunday began with a wander around St Albans. I feel quite like a tourist there these days, my nostalgia no pretty much gone, and so it’s quite nice to poke around and find nice cafes. I also managed to pick up a copy of Neil Gaiman’s newest book, Anansi Boys which was released on Saturday. (Review soon, but I’m already half-way through and it’s a corker.)

On the way back through London, Penny and I managed to squeeze in a viewing of the newest resident of Trafalgar Square’s fourth plinth, Alison Lapper Pregnant, the National Gallery (Renoirs, Sunflowers and Monets galore) and the Thames Bank festival (which from our point of view basically consisted of a way of eating Jamaican food).

It all sounds quite packed, but it was all at a nice, casual pace, making it quite relaxing and pleasant instead of stressy. Just as well really since I started at 7am again this morning. I think I’ll use my early finish today to try and set up an XP/SUSE Linux dual-boot on Katie.