Welcome to December, the month of retiredmartin’s birth (22 December, make a note). How will YOU celebrate the magical day ?
Odd doing these stocktakes now I’ve completed the Guide, but life goes on. November may not have seen me progress towards a target as such, but it was rather hectic;
3 nights in Cologne, 4 nights in Tromso, 4 hours in Gdansk airport, 1 afternoon in Ossett.
Plenty of fresh material; I reckon I’m about 72 posts behind but I WILL catch this month, honest.
Mrs RM ticked a few things off her own bucket list;
while in Dusseldorf I caught up with my 2019 Pubman of the Year,
and some other bloke, who took a liking to the Uerige…
Back home, Fifty seven (57) pubs, all (bar one) different, including twenty-two (22) GBG23 entries.
Mrs RM just looked scornfully at my UK travels map and said “No much Scotland or Wales !”, so must try harder, but not while BRAPA is there.
PUB OF THE MONTH – Shirker’s Rest in New Cross
where it was a privilege to meet both Andy out of Deserter and top beer writer Will Hawkes and talk travel and last minute City winners.
BEER OF THE MONTH came late, Kwak at the Strait & Narrow in Lincoln. Jane would approve.
EDIT : I also met BRAPA, the privilege of my life, in Maidstone.
I’d have insisted on meeting Pauline, too, but she’d fled the county in terror.
T-Shirt of the month award goes to Shalita from Lewsberg, my Gig of the Month, having traumatically missed both Julia Jacklin and Lizzy McAlpine due to “events”.
Tradition dictates that I spend my birthday somewhere I haven’t been before, which gives me limited choice unless I hop abroard again. Carluke ? Never been there.
Plenty of blog posts to do, and some pubbing with folk called Mudg(i)e, hopefully.
And oh yes, it’s coming home.