Gold's blog

Feeling the itch

It's been way too long since I had a decent hike and the current project at work has me fairly burnt out. I need to get away for a bit. 
I'm considering putting in a floating leave request for a week following the completion of the project which means I'll have the time for a walk, but I won't know when that will be.
But prep still needs to happen.  Since the last hike there's a number of things that I think will need replaceing. This is the start of that list (and a few items to come back to;

Taylor's Late Bottled Vintage Port 2001

Initial impression was just fantastic.  Saved the best for last.  Quite sweet, a little stringent at the end, light on the tannin. Very dark and quite dirty. May have benefited from decanting but was a great way to end the evening.

Grahams Late Bottled Vintage Port 2007

The verdict on this was that it was quite tasty.

"I would subscribe to that" -  

Grahams "Six Grapes" Reserve Port

"There's less to this than meets the eye." - @slothphil

Fonseca Porto Bin #27

The port spilling and glass breaking part of the evening has begun...

Croft 10 Year Aged Tawny Port

The big brother to the previous one.  Very nice colour.  A little harsh at the back of the throat, quite dry.  Not actually sure how to describe this one.  Phil describes it as a sherry starting to be on the dry side, rather than a port. The flavours are complicated... That's about as far as I can go with it I think. It's not unpleasant, but it's not good as I was anticipating.

Croft Fine Tawny Port

This is a step down after the previous couple.


The colour isn't bad, tawny bordering on ruby.  I think it's a little... fresh though.  Just a little harsh on the nose and has a bit of an edge on the tongue. I think this may be the Krohn Ruby Port of the Tawnys.

Six Hour Lunch - aka Drink ALL the port!


The Six Hour Lunch is something that we started back around 2008.  We first heard about it at a wine tasting evening at Vino Fino and we liked the idea so much that we have made it something of a tradition.

So, it's on again.  Amy and Dopp are hosting it here in Christchurch and we've got a great line up so far. :)

I'm actually starting this late so we'll get a couple in this post and I'll start posting as we reach them.  Traditionally these posts get less and less coherent through the day so bare with me. :)  Since the walk I've also become something of a light weight.

Moving on

The issue with the foot seems to have settled down a lot over night.  For the first time in ages it was what I would consider to be a normal colour and most of the swelling has gone.  I'm fairly confident that I'll be moving on tomorrow.

I've picked up a bike. Got a rack, paniers, etc and appear to be able to fit everything on it reasonably well.

The new route will take me past Napier, Gisbourne, Rotorua and back up through Auckland etc to the Cape. 

Doctors in Feilding

So I called around a number of doctors today to see if any were able to book me in to have my foot looked at.  There are 4 doctors in Feilding and only one was willing to allow me the chance of an appointment. Even that one required me to call on the day and early.  The rest wouldn't even give me that opportunity.
So, the plan now is to call first thing tomorrow morning and cross my fingers. I would hate to be stuck here with an acute condition that wasn't bad enough to warrant a 111 call.