The Trip — 2016: Part 5

Saturday — Be that as it may, our weekend was a rather pleasant blend of sun and rain, visiting and wine. Gerry and Maria treated us to dinner at a nearby restaurant called Theobalds (

The atmosphere was comfy, the people welcoming, the service friendly and efficient and the food . . . well, the food was excellent. We shared their 4 or 5 Course Tasting Menu:

Roast Quail Salad with Toasted Pistachio Nuts and Apple Chutney ✓


Seared Scallops with a spicy Chilli, Ginger & Lemon Butter ✓


Mousseline of Norfolk Lobster served in a Lobster served in a Crisp Pastry Case with a Buttered White Wine Sauce ✓


Noisette of Spring Lamb with a Roast Garlic & Herb Stuffing and a Madeira Sauce


Panfried Fillet of Turbot with Steamed Asparagus and a Tomato & Tarragon Sauce✓



A Spiced Savarin Sponge with Roast Strawberries


Dark Chocolate Panacotta with a White Chocolate Icecream


A Selection of East Anglian Cheeses with Wholemeal Biscuits ✓


Including Canapes, selection of bread rolls and seasonal vegetables

Following the meal, I helped Di outside to have her smoke. There we had an interesting conversation with a British couple and discussed a bit of politics, the Brexit and the husband’s desire to travel in the United States (spec. Route 66) on a motorcycle.

Trip -- Joe and Maria at Theobalds
Joe and Maria at Theobalds

Having done so myself years ago, I advised him to do it with a MC club or tour group and wished him luck and a good deal of fun.

Monday — We went to the local post office where Di intended to purchase some Euros for use on Corfu with her Barclays card. Unfortunately, she forgot her PIN and we will have to go to a bank branch Tuesday and straighten things out.

Lunch/Dinner was a lamb and sausage barbecue with Gerry’s brother and his wife joining us — a very enjoyable meal and afternoon — even if I had to spend most of the rest of the daylight hours dealing with the too early beer and wine.

Well, Gerry’s just popped in and turned on the telly to watch the Euro match between England and Iceland — so, that’s all for today. (Iceland beat England in a very poor showing for the English side.)


Di wants to get some money (Euros and Sterling) before we fly to Corfu on Thursday. So on Tuesday Gerry drives us in to Diss to get some money from her Barclays accounts. There’s a bit in one of the accounts but draws little to no interest; it’s just to make it a bit easier when visiting family in England.

Of course, Di doesn’t know what the PIN number is on the card she actually brought over from the States . . . so, she can’t access her account from an ATM. Gerry drops us off at the bank about a bit after two but can’t wait around for the adventure this turns out to be. With complications arising from having residence in the US we are in the bank until about 4:30 pm, but she did get her money. The young banker who has been helping us orders us a cab, but it will not pick us up until six. No, there is no taxi stand and all of the cars from the four companies serving the area were spoken for.

(to be continued)