Posts Tagged ‘April 2023’

The mb05 Journal – Portishead 2023

03/05/2023 Leave a comment

When it was dark, it was calm and clear. When it was light, it was foggy. Especially past Newport on the M4. Portishead is really rather nice and it has an iBis and Lidl in the same building. The Marina is really rather nice with the fog.  

The Posset Cup and The Siren’s Calling. Both fine and just the places to muse about the world. Throw in a Premier Inn all your can eat Breakfast and you have a superb Beano. I need to go back and soon. 

Hard at it

20230430 mb05 Day 02 Wrap

01/05/2023 Leave a comment

After getting up I looked out of the window and it was Red Sky Shepherds warning. Half and hour later it was raining. At 07:00 for breakfast it had eased off but it was still day. It was a Brewer’s Fayre and they had the old style conveyor belt toast maker and it was spot on first time. New craft cans in The Posset Cup and they are both winners.

Gentle rain on the way to The Siren’s Calling. More YouTube comments, this one why did my Prelude appear in his recommendations. Mild and ESB to start, both on Cask. And to end a Cantillon Gueuze.

And we are done but it’s dry today

April 2023

01/05/2023 Leave a comment

The month of:-


Better Savings

Bitcoin from Umbrel

Planting Casablanca in Bags

People moving

When Podcasts end

Head issues

Still damp, still cold

No Free Ticket

The lighter morning but still not really Spring

Post Weed and Feed mowing


21 Days of Bitcoin

All the Casablanca are in

One minute early

Blue Sky




Foggy #mb05

Cantillon in the rain


Coming in May 2023


Chuck’s Do


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Huh, Spring Only Lasted One Day

01/05/2023 Leave a comment

You can’t beat quality comments. The rain is back, so I got slightly wet going to get my Premier Inn all you can eat breakfast. New craft cans in Spoons and it’s a corker. Listening to ATP. And another new craft can.

More gentle rain on the way to The Siren’s Calling. Mild and ESB to start both on Cask. Sometimes Old School is the way forward. Oh yes, Cantillon Gueuze as well.

Going out with a bang

20230429 mb05 Day 01 Wrap

30/04/2023 Leave a comment

Clear in the dark then very foggy in the light. That was the journey from Bedwas to Portishead and Portishead really is nice, especially the Marina area. With a Sainsbury opposite the Premier Inn and a Spoons just across the bridge from Sainsbury, it’s all very compact. The Marina looked lovely with the now clearing fog on it. The Posset Cup (Spoons) was packed and the Siren’s Calling lets you eat chips from the chippy next door. Full speed FTTC WiFi and fridges with more than 100 bottles of Belgian Beers in them. Sunny in the afternoon.

Foggy Morning Beanoing

The Half and Half Beano

30/04/2023 Leave a comment

When you have been there before but only to the Premier Inn. When it is only 39 miles from home, which is just as well as you only have half a tank. When you are rather happy because Spring has finally arrived. However, it was very foggy on the M4 and I mean a Peas Souper.

Portishead was calm and less foggy. I think I’m really going to like it. There is an iBis Budget and a Lidl in the same builder. The Spoons, The Posset Cup is not bad and has really fast FTTC WiFi. A Full English with a Pint was consumed.

The Siren’s Call. Great Cask, Keg and Bottled Ales. Also, you can bring food in from the chippy next door.

Needed more Butter

20230429 Prelude mb05 Portishead Apr 23

29/04/2023 Leave a comment

The half and half Mini Beano. I’ve stayed in The Premier Inn a number of times before but never actually visit the place. However, it now has a Bristol CAMRA Pub of the year and a Spoons. So a’Beanoing I will go. And, to start, I think Spring has finally arrived. Spoons is The Posset Cup and The CAMRA Pub is The Siren’s Calling. Turned out that as soon as it got light, it got very, very foggy.

The Foggy Beano

For Saturday 29 April 2023

29/04/2023 Leave a comment

The Saturday Wrap for 29 April 2023. Pre Bank Holiday, Bitcoin Magazine. Maincrop, Picard, Frosty Saturday, 18 out of 21, mb05 training, Shave4d, Lawn, Last Casablancas, The Alert, Blue Sky, Desiree,, Sudafed, Lenses, Nikwax.  #SaturdayWrap#April2023 #Bedwas

Hopcraft T-shirt

Garden – April 2023

23/04/2023 Leave a comment

Was April March or was April February? Cold, damp with at least two frosts and daytime temperatures about 10c. So, the growth and the planting are way behind schedule and the growth has been slow. That’s both indoors and out. I have nine Casablanca tubers left to go in and all the Desiree. I have been earthing up my first planted Casablancas and have been lucky that the frost didn’t get them. The lawn had moss killer and feed put on it and has had its second mowing of the year. Strawberries, I’m just going to capture the runners for the plants that didn’t make it through the Winter. Spring Onions, Radish and Mint are all growing indoors but slowly. Here’s to a warmer May.

Earthing Up in April

Frosty Saturday Beano Training

22/04/2023 Leave a comment

Another Saturday morning, another late April frost. Off to Caerphilly for an #mb05 training session.

The freshness of early morning

Caerphilly is lovely, especially with the Castle but Oh, the litter, it’s everywhere. Never mind, it’s on to The Malcolm Uphill with my CAMRA 50p voucher in my hand.

Extra Butter Cold

So next weekend it’s both days with Premier Inn, all you can eat breakfasts. So I’m also getting in training for that. Asked for extra butter than was cold and got it too. The cold butter is so much better.

Then on to Brew Monster Caerphilly. A brew house and much faster WiFi then The Malcolm Uphill. On the Mezz for the first time ever.

Pre rain. Obvs
Today’s selection

Quality brews, brewed on site and now some rather good guest brews including from The Vale of Glamorgan Brewery

VOG Pilsner

Solid training with fast Brew Monster WiFi and I ended up rather sleepy.

The Brewing Monster
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