This will likely be our final Weekly Version from Sydney for a short time – we’re swapping the southern hemisphere winter for the European summer time!

We’ve solely simply bought again from our superb journey to New Zealand and we’re off once more – this time for over 2 months!

At present’s Weekly Version covers our final couple of days in Sydney and our dramatic journey north to London. We’ve all the pieces from fine-dining eating places and delightful flowers to medical emergencies and the warmest welcome to share with you this week.

So be sure that your seat backs are within the upright place and your tray tables are stowed. We’re prepared for take-off!

Cheers – Jim & Christina xx

Est Restaurant, Sydney

This night, Christina and I are having dinner at one in every of Sydney’s – if not Australia’s – finest eating places.

We’ve been fortunate sufficient to dine at est. a few instances up to now, however this time, Christina and I’ve introduced our wonderful mate Anton alongside for a belated joint birthday dinner.

Est Restaurant, Sydney

Other than the unimaginable sourdough that’s introduced out at first for us to share, our entrees get the night going precisely how we anticipated it.

My marron – one in every of my all-time favorite forms of seafood – is beautiful. It’s served with slices of carrot which might be so skinny they’re virtually clear, a verjus and sesame oil.

The dish is embellished with two forms of seaweed – golden perslane and laver.

Christina’s entree of hand-picked crab with trout roe, hazelnut and kale, and Anton’s dish of aged squab, liver parfait and quandong are additionally wonderful.

Est Restaurant, Sydney

Mains begin to arrive and Christina’s wild barramundi makes Anton and me surprise if we’ve chosen properly or not.

Est Restaurant, Sydney

After which I’m introduced with my 9++ wagyu and I do know I’ve received. This beef melts on contact together with your tongue and fills your mouth with essentially the most unimaginable flavours. I believe I’ve discovered the dish to ask for if I’m ever on dying row!

Est Restaurant, Sydney

Anton and I practise our wine swirling method in essentially the most lovely Zalto crystal Pinot Noir glasses that our sommelier, Piotr, has allow us to attempt.

Est Restaurant, Sydney

The desserts on the menu look attractive, however all of us determine to go for the cheese choice as a substitute; three totally different scrumptious Australian cheeses.

Est Restaurant, Sydney

There’s a last shock to return too. Christina has organized for a birthday cake to return out earlier than we go away. Anton and I’ve virtually the identical birthday – simply sooner or later totally different – so this cake is for each of us.

Good job we’re all fairly full, isn’t it?

I inform you what although, it may not be an enormous cake, but it surely’s nonetheless amazingly tasty and really wealthy.

Underground gin - negroni on World Gin Day

To rejoice World Gin Day – and impressed by final evening’s cocktail at est., I’ve made a negroni with a brand new gin to cross our path.

I made this negroni with Underground Distilling Co‘s Shiraz and pepperberry gin, which supplies the cocktail an additional herbaceous hit. Cheers!

At present, we’re off to lunch with some household mates who’re very pricey to our hearts.

We’re with Christina’s mum Jeanette and sister Mary, and Mary’s introduced us to Hills the Flower Market in Terrey Hills. It’s someplace between a backyard centre, florists and cafe.

The costs listed below are virtually pretty much as good because the vary, and the shows make for Instagram heaven.

It’s superb to see peonies in Australia in June. Very arduous to tear Christina away with out filling up the automotive!

Our mates Jackie and Alfredo have arrange a really fairly lunch desk for us of their residence. And it’s not a lunch with out a little bit of bubbly.

Jackie’s baked a pair of scrumptious quiches for lunch. She’s even made the pastry, which is ideal.

Jackie and Alfredo have been a part of Christina’s household’s good friend group for many years – they’re virtually a part of the household actually. It’s at all times good to meet up with them. Much more so once we’re about to go off for a few months.

We’re packed and prepared for a bit of heat from the European summer time as we head all the way down to the ferry wharf certain for Sydney Airport.

There’s not a lot distinction worth or time clever between catching a ferry then practice to the airport and simply hopping in a taxi, however beginning a visit off with a journey on the harbour is a a lot nicer choice than dealing with afternoon visitors.

See you in August, Sydney!

We examine in and hurtle by airport safety so we will get to the enterprise class lounge asap. The journey’s actually began now we’ve bought a drop of bubbles in our arms.

It’s a working supper at The Home lounge, getting final minute bits and items organised earlier than we board.

And we’re off. Let’s hope we’re feeling this contemporary by the point we get to London… I’ve bought a sense we’d not!

Particularly when one thing like this occurs.

On our technique to our connecting flight at Abu Dhabi, a fellow passenger has fallen sick (it seems it was a coronary heart assault), and our flight has been redirected to Mumbai.

The slums on the fringe of the sprawling metropolis – you may see their blue roofs- make for a bleak outlook from our airplane window.

After about three hours, we’re off once more, leaving the shoreline of this peninsular metropolis behind us.

Fortunately, the sick passenger is okay and hopefully recovering properly in hospital.

The draw back to the diversion is that we’ve missed our connecting flight from Abu Dhabi to London. It means now we have to entertain ourselves for one more 5 hours till the subsequent flight to Heathrow.

It ought to be an issue!

We lastly arrive after what’s felt like an endless journey. Mum and Dad are ready for us – Mum’s even had an indication made up!

It’s nice to see them.

Little India, Halstead, UK

Our first cease – earlier than we even get to their place – is a curry home! Particular person’s gotta eat, proper?

It’s been raining for days in England, however issues are wanting brighter now. And the moat that’s shaped round Little India within the village of Halstead in Essex offers a fairly reflection.

This place is a household favorite. The meals right here is superb.

Little India, Halstead, UK

Little India, Halstead, UK

The meals arrives quickly sufficient (by itself cart!) and we’re tucking in to a variety of scrumptious curry that Christina and I’ve missed virtually as a lot as seeing Mum and Dad!

Don’t inform them I stated that.

This morning, again at Mum and Dad’s place in Assington, Suffolk. The latest rains have introduced out the poppies and different wildflowers, and it feels just like the delayed summer time’s simply on the horizon.

Assington Barn, Suffolk, UK

The primary espresso of many on the Barn at Assington. The meals right here is at all times good, and it’s pretty to have the ability to sit down with the oldsters and catch up correctly.

After which Mum pulls out a shock. Dad and I virtually share the identical birthday – a distinction of sooner or later – so Mum has organised this cake with the kitchen, which is dwelling to a Michelin-starred patisserie chef.

This ought to be good!

And good it actually is. Modelled on a cherry bakewell, this towering triple-layered magnificence is scrumptious, creamy and stuffed with candy jam.

Blissful birthday certainly.

This morning, we’ve gone for a stroll across the nation park at Lengthy Melford in Suffolk. The pond main as much as the park is totally full of swans. It’s unusual to see so many of those large birds in a single place.

Long Melford Country Park Cafe

We take a stroll alongside the paths by Lengthy Melford Nation Park, following the outdated historic railway line that’s now a part of the parklands.

On the finish of the stroll, there’s a restaurant that’s been constructed into an outdated container. The outlook right here is beautiful and the vintage tea set actually completes this lovely bucolic scene.

And the tea they brew right here is superb too.

Long Melford Country Park Cafe

Pinkies out! Right here’s to extra tales from this pretty a part of Britain – and the bottomless pot of tea.

Cheers – Jim & Christina xx