Thursday, September 27, 2007


Janet surprised me with a little unBirthday present (or early Christmas present, whichever way you look at it) when I got home from work last night.

She managed to pick up a copy of Jamie Oliver’s latest tome for me, which was very welcome indeed, as I’ve just started to really enjoy his latest TV show. Some great bedtime reading with this chunky book!

For my money, Jamie’s a top fellah, and an inspiration to us all.

(Probably more of an inspiration than is healthy, if you read this old post from the Headphonaught who very flatteringly describes our house as a
quintessential Naked Chef-style contemporary English farm house with the huge kitchen come dining room with a range cooker and a large, sturdy table.

Now, that I’ve got also just got a shed, constructed with the very able help (I helped, he built it) of a local buddy, I guess I'll have to get out there, start pottering & grown me own veg! :-)


fernando said...

Half-expecting this book to be a stocking-filler this year, so it is interesting to see your comments.

Whilst I'm kinda disappointed to see Jamie go all "country-living" after his urban period, I agree he is a good egg and inspiring role-model.

Makes me miss not having a garden anymore.

John said...

Hi Fernando

Maybe it's an age thing for Jamie.

After spending most of my adult life in the city, I've now moved out to a semi-rural idyll in leafy Surrey, ocassionally suffering missional guilt because it's so quiet and quite removed from the urban life I've had up to now.

Having said that, it's good to live in a place where you actually know the neighbours & stop & chat.


caldjr said...

Got his book for my birthday and yeah its a good offering from him. more of a lifestyle book than just a cookery book. Been trying to grow a few things here and having mixed results but don't have enough time to spend in the garden as i'd like. btw, Jamie Oliver is on Facebook - managed to get him on my friends list! okay i'm one of a few thousand but its still pretty cool!!!!

John said...

I'll have to hook up with the man!

Hope you're well, bro'.

Been reading your have my prayers.


paul said...

pucker tucker :)

caldjr said...

thanks for your prayers J. Much needed and appreciated.


PS - you up with Croydon Band on the 13/14th?

John said...

Yup. I'll be there with Croydon Band.

J :-)

fernando said...

"Age thing?" Maybe. I'm seven years older than Jamie, with a six year old daughter and the suburban thing isn't tugging us away from the city.

caldjr said...

superb - we'll meet at last then! see you on the sat pm.