Tired Bella

Bella had her first training session this afternoon. Jose the Dog trainer introduced Bella and me to a clicker training, and it was a great fun! He was very impressed with the way she responded to the clicker. Not only she got used to the sound of it fairly quickly but also started to pay attention to it eagerly as she grasped what we were asking her to do.

Bella was dog tired after beating her brains out…

Jose gave us a few homeworks to do at home. I will have to ask Hubbie to wear headphones if he doesn’t like our constant “clicking”…

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The Angelic @ N1

Don’t panic! I’m not reporting another pub closure! This pub, The Angelic, is very much alive and kicking on Liverpool Road, Angel.

One of Hubbie’s staffs was leaving today, and we decided to have lunch together at the pub.

They were a stone’s throw from a bustling Angel Central…

The Angelic was an airy and modern gastro pub and offered an extensive range of wines and foods.

Everyone except me wanted fish and chips, but I opted for mulled wine grazed ham…

The ham was really tender and tasty. It was not at all salty, and the sweetness of the grazing was lip-smacking good. The fish and chips were equally well cooked, and everyone seemed to be very happy. The service was swift and friendly. The atmosphere was relaxed and civilised – no loud music nor raucous crowd. It was 10/10.

Bella the Pup behaved very well too…

Once settling down on my coat, she was having a nap throughout our lunch. She was so quiet, we sometimes just forgot she was there! 10/10, Bella!

When we were leaving, a couple with a toddler wanted to say hi to Bella. We all squealed with delight when we discovered that both girls were 7 months old and even shared the same name. Their daughter’s middle name was Bella!

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Good bye, William IV

One of my local pubs, William IV has folded. I am sad because Hubbie and I visited the pub countless times with Mr.B, and the place being closed means yet another place we can reminisce about him has disappeared forever.

I saw a removal van being loaded up with furniture and fittings. They were gutting the place…

It is a mystery to us why the pub went south because the place was well liked by the locals and it was always reasonably busy, especially Friday nights when they offered DJ or live jazz performances. We often preferred William IV over another local pub, The Eagle, because they were quieter and cosier with a real roaring fireplace. However, the number of visitor petered out as the pub started to turn away people who wanted to dine as well as to drink, explaining they had a shortage of staff in their kitchen.

Even in the run-up to Christmas, when the premises should be busy with office parties and alike, I hardly saw anyone. ‘What is going on?’ Often, I walked up to the pub with Bella in tow, hoping if they were back in business again.

My hope was dashed…

A guy in a plush aviator jacket who appeared to be overseeing the removal looked very emotional and tired.

We will miss you, William IV. I hope the place will be reopened as a pub, not to be converted to flats or offices. Pubs are an important part of the British lifestyle, and especially in cities like London, they are like an extension of our living room!

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Feast your eyes!

It’s so drab outside. There isn’t any colour nor cheer. Everyone, including me, is donning muted shades of black, grey, navy blue, khaki, etc, etc…

Ahhhh, I long for vibrant shades which are eye popping, brain zinging and…EXCITING!


They resuscitate your soul, don’t they? 

I yearn for sun and summer!

But the reality is this…

The landscape dominated by a various shade of blue. Icy and remote. 

Bella, your red coat gives a spark of energy!

Argh, my hands are so cold! I wish if I didn’t forget my gloves today…

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