It was a lovely drive down through Cotswolds and many picturesque villages. We took the opportunity to visit Old Sarum which is just outside the city. It's an Iron Age hill fort where the original Cathedral once stood; an amazing structure even now in it's ruined state you can see how impressive it would have been.
|This earth mound doesn't look important now but ....|
|.... it was a Royal settlement with a Cathedral|
|Original infill stone|
|Did William the Conqueror walk up these?|
|Footprint of the Cathedral|
It was very windy on top of the mound, it must have been very cold in the winter as it appeared quite exposed. Saying that you could see for miles in all directions so a perfect place for a Royal Residence and town, it would have been difficult to attack without being seen.
It was late afternoon by the time we reached Salisbury and found our hotel which was tucked away down a small lane in Harnham. The Old Mill Hotel sits on the river across the water meadows from the Cathedral. The oldest part of the mill dates back to 1299 and has three water runs underneath it. The taller building is 15th century and was originally a factory; paper, candles, wool are just three of it's various trades. It is now the main bar and hotel accommodation with the restaurant being in the Grade I listed building complete with water run through the middle.
|The Old Mill Hotel spanning the River Avon with|
Salisbury Cathedral across the meadows
|Restaurant in the Grade I listed building|
|Water run racing through the hotel|
|View from our bedroom window|
|Through the window, through the gate and|
across the meadow
|Old Mill Hotel is linked to Salisbury by the Town Path|
|Adam and Eve on the Chapter House frieze|
|Magna Carta inside the protective tent|
|Clock dating back to 1386|
|Beautiful modern font|
the water was flowing yet completely still
|Cathedral ceiling reflected in the font|
|Inside Salisbury Cathedral|
|Salisbury Cathedral - side view|
|Our 2015 collection|
|Our treats for the New Year from Cambridge Wine Merchants|
|Stonehenge (quick photo as we drove by)|
|Hogshead Platter Board|
|Archie enjoying the attention|
|Delivery time (photo from Google)|
|Huge empty vat|
|Brewing time - you can see how high the yeast has been|
|The modern era|
|Steam power in the old days|
I can't finish writing yet as I have a few wines to tell you about; firstly I have received two more bottles from Aldi to review. Although they arrived before Christmas we have not had chance to open them, mainly because most nights over the season one or other of us has been driving. I'm sure they will be opened soon, I'm very keen to try them - maybe as a comparison as they are both Pinot Noir - thank you Aldi.
|Aldi Pinot Noir to be reveiwed soon|
We bought this bottle of FDR1A in 2010 at a Matthew Jukes' 100 Best Australian Wines tasting night hosted by SH Jones. We loved it and splashed out on a bottle - over £20
It's been on our rack waiting for the day we had time to enjoy it .... and we certainly enjoyed it.
Such a deep red it's impossible to see through the glass, just a hint of scarlet on the rim. Rich tears covered the glass confirming its 14%
And what a nose, so comforting, ripe cherries, spice, with an abundance of redcurrants.
So lovely you don't really want to drink it but when you finally take a sip of this full bodied red your mouth is full of rich fruit, black olives and a long finish with fine tannins and a spicy warmess that goes right down to your toes.
If you are looking for something a little special it's worth asking your local independent wine merchant for this one.
|Yalumba FDR1A 2009|