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Friday, 17 November 2017

A Day In A Life

This is one of my quieter fantasies lacking only one thing: the sea bashing against a mullioned window as the storm grows more fierce. Not likely to happen in the Cotswolds, though I thought I detected the murmuring of sheep. A pleasant twenty or so minutes passed with a pint of Hobgoblin followed by a pint of premium German lager, Warsteiner, I think. It doesn’t get much better but then I am easily contented.

The beer is on its way

Fire and a Hobgoblin

Fire and a lager

Good things only last forever in Heaven and fires only in Hell. This fire crumbled into greyness and my legs began to feel cold and still no sea lashing the window.

Salvation came in the form of a man in an elegant and beautifully cut suit. He squatted nimbly and crushed newspaper into loose balls. These he shoved beneath the grill holding the fire. Next, with some dexterity and grace, he arranged kindling wood in the form of a wigwam on top of the grill immediately above the paper. Finally and with the flourish of an artist enjoying his job, he placed three small logs on each side of the wigwam. The lighter appeared from nowhere. The man was a magician. In seconds the paper was alight, shooting flames through the grill and catching the kindling. I almost felt impelled to stand and applaud but instead stayed where I was and moved my legs closer to the fire. A third pint would have been nice, but there were things to do, people to see. Besides, we were staying the night and there would be other fires and more pints. For those curious, it was the Slaughter's Country Inn.

If only the Murenger had a fire.


Maria Zannini said...

That pub looks lovely. Do they serve anything other than beer? (I know. Sacrilege.)

One other question out of curiosity. In the US we've pretty much banned smoking in public places almost everywhere. Does the UK limit smoking or is it a free for all wherever you go?

Mike Keyton said...

Smoking is completely banned here too except in outdoor designated areas. There's an issue about vaping but I think that's largely banned too. Which is excellent. I don't know what I dislike more, the smell of tobacco or the sickly sweet smell of the vape. Alcopops for the lungs