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English wines are becoming very fashionable – winning all sorts of awards and accolades, mightily pissing off the French. Particularly good are the sparkling wines, which of course cannot legally be called champagne.

This wine is usually upwards of £30, which is more than we like to spend on swill, but Uncle B found it on deep sale at Waitrose today. We are too cheap for our tastes.

Ridgeview is the vineyard, Bloomsbury is the wine. And yes it’s Bloomsbury as in Bloomsbury Group, who used to hang out in this part of Sussex.

Earlier today, Uncle B had some sort of successful business thingie (I don’t know, I’m a girl teehee). So we’re going to sit outside and drink it.


Comment from ExpressoBold Pureblood
Time: June 25, 2024, 7:05 pm

Must not be raining in that part of Susses for the next six hours.

Enjoy !!!!

Current temp, My location: 92ºF, humidity 29%

Comment from ExpressoBold Pureblood
Time: June 25, 2024, 7:16 pm

Oooopsssss… misspelled “Sussex.”

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: June 25, 2024, 7:26 pm

Onkel Dachs, congratulations on whatever the Sussex Suxxess was! (-:

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: June 25, 2024, 7:36 pm

I still had the InspiroBot tab open and was idly clicking-clicking-clicking and then this came up and I think I have to stop now because this is as good as it’s likely to get:

Think of it as cancer.
Not politics.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: June 25, 2024, 9:16 pm

Thank you, Uncle Al, it was a minor but reassuring success, several years in the making. Two elderly mustelids sat in the garden, listening to the blackbird’s song before he went to bed and then watching as the nightshift of bats took over.

Not a bad wine all. I wish we could share it.

Comment from Carl
Time: June 25, 2024, 9:35 pm

I’m tempted. Currently £21; down from £35.

I like English white wines but they always seem to be about 50% dearer than the equivalent French ones. So this one is a bargain.

When we lived in Sussex our local vineyard was Ditchling and they produced a very good still white wine for a reasonable price.

Comment from Carl
Time: June 25, 2024, 10:02 pm

Swease, Have you been to Charleston Farmhouse where the Bloomsbury Group used to congregate? It’s an interesting place but, to get the atmosphere, you need to go when there are not many other visitors about. The paintings are one of the main features. Lots of highly professional paintings hanging on the walls but they also painted every possible surface, often in a very amateurish way.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: June 26, 2024, 2:35 pm

Uncle B—do you have a Bat House at Badger House?

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: June 27, 2024, 10:54 am

Hello Deborah – no, we haven’t and we were sitting there the other night, speculating about where the little beasties live. There aren’t any barns close by (well, not very close) so it’s a puzzle.

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