Bucolic Adventures, The Kernel, Elvis, and a London Playlist

In an effort to keep happy but also economic, this week I enjoyed some affordable excursions that gave plenty of bang for their buck. Here are some mediocre photos I took of these great things. Oh also, I discovered a great Elvis album.

One of the highlights of my time here thus far was the walk Sarah and I took around Henley-on-Thames, a small bucolic town a mere hour’s train-ride from Liverpool Station.

This walk was a good moment for some Wordsworth:

Calm is All Nature as a Resting Wheel

Calm is all nature as a resting wheel.
The kine are couched upon the dewy grass;
The horse alone, seen dimly as I pass,
Is cropping audibly his later meal:
Dark is the ground; a slumber seems to steal
O’er vale, and mountain, and the starless sky.
Now, in this blank of things, a harmony,
Home-felt, and home-created, comes to heal
That grief for which the senses still supply
Fresh food; for only then, when memory
Is hushed, am I at rest. My Friends! restrain
Those busy cares that would allay my pain;
Oh! leave me to myself, nor let me feel
The officious touch that makes me droop again.

My second excursion was a trip to the Kernel Brewery in Bermondsey. Every Saturday, they set up shop (right outside their two rustic brewing rooms) and sell some of their delicious brews. For 29 pounds, you can get a box of 12 bottles. Every brew they make is so flavorful and bold, it’s almost no surprise that they do it all with open-air fermentation (!!!) under a London railway bridge. The highlight, by far, was this week’s Centennial hops IPA (clocking in at a surprisingly drinkable 9%). It’s a wonderful little trip to take on a weekend morning, and you also get to check out several other little market shops – everything from bakeries to veggie shops to cured meats.

Finally, thanks to an eMusic sale, I managed to nab the first Elvis album I’ve enjoyed in a long while. Sure, “Blue Suede Shoes” is timeless, but lately I’ve been finding it tough to enjoy “Love Me Tender” as much as I used to. BUT, it was great to come across “From Elvis in Memphis” which introduces me to a compositionally thicker, more thoughtful side of the King. So soulful. Here’s a sample (ignore the pictures of the King at his worst):

Last but not least, here’s a Spotify playlist with a UK theme. Enjoy:

http://open.spotify.com/user/1114761925/playlist/4vmAdOowBmOLNUOBNEgzr1

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