"It's Uskany for me," says Myf the office pig
Oh well, I'm off again. What an interesting life I lead. After three lovely years in the Sawday's fields I'm moving to Kate's Farm in somewhere called Monmouthshire. I'm not sure where it is, but I hope they grow pineapples there. I decided not to make a fuss about getting into the trailer (mainly because there were two pineapples in it and two rough men behind me, no contest) but honestly!
"I've caught the yoga bug," says Toby Sawday
I’m a man who can’t touch his knees, let alone his toes, without the audible twang of largely ignored hamstrings. I’m active, and fairly fit, but I’ve taken a distinctly male approach to my body: one that swings somewhere between pitched battle and willful disregard. So, what the hell was I doing heading up the M5 to a weekend yoga retreat? This sort of thing’s for the graceful (moi?), bendy (not for a while, if ever), quiet (rarely) devotee of well being, surely?
Owners' Recipes • Prosciutto Cotto
Here's the second delicious installment from our owners' recipes series - home-cooked ham, from Giulia Savini from Locanda della Valle Nuova.
Giulia says: "At the beginning of the year everywhere in the Italian countryside we prepare our hams, salamis and sausages. This is my recipe for a great home-made cold cut. I usually use loin, not leg, as it gives good results; it's not very thick so the brine penetrates the meat evenly and it's easy to cut. Of course, the best results are achieved if you use very good quality organic pork."
Ireland here we come!
No, we're not talking Six Nations, but INSPECTING
Sawday's is heading for Ireland and a mammoth inspecting trip and we've got a new girl to help us, Kerry O'Neill, who's all set to tour the island in her lovely campervan. If she's short of a bed for the night - that couldn't possibly happen? - she'll self-cater, so she's called this tour 'Round Ireland with a kitchen'.
"The Times cycling campaign - we should ALL support it," says Alastair
As an embattled environmentalist, long used to being way outside public opinion, I am delighted by The Times 'Cities Fit for Cycling' campaign.
I see it as a major breakthrough for cycling.
The conflict between cycling and driving, cyclists and drivers, is real and obvious - especially when you are the one on two wheels.
Alastair survived his plunge into icy waters at Battery Rocks in Penzance.
He says: "Once I was numb it was exhilarating. I even went back in for a second dip."
The Guardian is covering the escapade and we'll let you know when video evidence appears online.
Thanks for your well-wishing and tips... The temperature on that day was 4 degrees, by the way!
Photo courtesy of The Guardian
"HELP!" says Alastair
Tomorrow I am wading into the freezing ocean at Battery Rocks in Cornwall in the company of a stoic 70-year-old woman who swims there every day. For unmentionable reasons I feel bound to stick to the plan whatever the weather. Does anyone have any tips that might save me from agony and total humiliation?
Pubs - what's new?
We're in high spirits in the office, poring over the final selection of pubs that have made the cut for our Pubs guide. Our man, David Hancock, knows everything there is to know about the pub scene (we've tested him - often - and he's not failed yet!).