Last week of long runs before tapering down for the Big Day. My Sunday run was pretty tough, with a lot of gusts of wind, a hilly course through Farley Mount, and drizzle. All told, a good set up for Edinburgh, I feel!
It's been a busy week, preparing for the Bank Holiday, and generally rushing around. So, I very much enjoyed the opportunity to 'come down' from the long run by watching a classic of the Sunday afternoon film genre - 'High Society'. What better combo than Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra, First of all, Grace Kelly is of course gorgeous - perhaps not quite as sultry as in 'Rear Window', but no slouch. Then the great duets between the crooners - Bing and Frank - whilst tipsy on Champagne - well, what's not to like about that way to spend the day? And of course, the gravelly-deep Louis A. What a wonderful world indeed. Makes you wish you could visit Newport in the '50s..but then we wouldn't be allowed, probably! I did feel like a bit of a slouch in my post-running sweat pants, as I watched them in jacket and tie even whilst relaxing...!
Wine of the week - a little oddity called Malvirà Roero Arneis 2008 from Piedmont in Italy. Went very well with a stir fry on Sunday night. This is an elegant wine, not something you see every day, from the Arneis grape. Almost a 'forgotten grape' of Italy, it is dry, with a hint of peachy-apricottyness, and a slight tang. Not unlike a leaner Viognier. Lovely.