forking whitmore and beaching it

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Today has been a good day.

It started in the usual fashion... although to be honest, due to the fact my apartment has been pretty much tidy all the time for a couple of weeks now, I really didn't need to worry about doing very much.

That meant that I had an early shower and I got to chill out and leaf through the Capture Creatures book (it's very good... but in more than a few instances the Pokemon parallel is blatantly obvious) while I was waiting for Ma to get here.

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Shopping was much the same as usual... I may have ended up with some more stuff than usual, but not crazily so.

After the usual unpacking, Ma was asking me about iPhone games, so we messed around in the App Store for a little bit and then decided to take a wander down to Arndale before heading off to this month's Fork on the Road.

We didn't really have any plan for wandering around Arndale, we just did our usual circuit... although I did find some Avengers Mini Mugg vinyl toys at The Reject Shop of all places... I could have gone a little nuts with them, but I restricted myself to Thor and Nick Fury since he has a great graphic look. I was also very tempted by Captain America, but unfortunately the Hawkeye figure looked a little rubbish.

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I also had something of a weird conversation with the young guy on the checkout... he asked me who the toys were for, which is a slightly weird question anyway, but when I said they were for me he responded with something like "cool" and then said he loved the movie. I don't know if he'd been eyeing off the figures all day and I was either the first person he'd served who bought one, or the first adult who was buying them for themselves, but it was an odd, if amusing, conversation.

Once we finished our wander we headed into the city for the September edition of Fork on the Road.

mr fork talks to the four seeds folksthe fork trucks
This time it was in Whitmore Square, which turned out to be a great venue... plenty of grass, plenty of trees which in turn means plenty of shade. And there was also a nice mix of food trucks. And the weather cleared up after some rain and cloud earlier in the morning and by lunchtime the sun was shining merrily away (thankfully this time I remembered to take a hat).

Sadly neither the gelati lady nor the Locapops lady were there, and to be honest, that's possibly the only thing that was missing... some nice frozen goodness.

mr darcy's delectaballsthe folk at fork
We took a stroll up and down the line of trucks, just to see what was around, then headed back to Delectaballs where Ma had their tasting plate with a pork and fennel slider and a sweet potato and goat's cheese ball with beetroot dip and I tried the cheese balls with a slightly lethal chilli cheese sauce.

Usually I'm happy to just wander around while eating or just find a temporary seat, but after we commandeered some milk crates to sit on Ma decided to stay put while I went off and brought food back. It wasn't a bad plan overall, especially since we'd found a spot to sit that was a decent distance away from the music and away from the majority of the people.

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The next course was from Burger Theory... since I haven't had the opportunity to visit my favourite food truck for a few weeks, I was kind of craving a burger, and there wasn't a line-up, which is always a bonus.

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And of course I couldn't resist a trip to Archie the Pastizzi Bus... so I grabbed an apple and cinnamon each and then a Moroccan lamb for me. Yum, yum, yum. I also swung past the Raw Thirst truck and picked up an Amazon Acai with was fantastically tasty.

As usual, our last stop was to Four Seeds for some of their fantastic brownies (mmmm salted caramel brownies) before heading back to the car.

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Since it was such a nice afternoon, we decided to go for a drive down to the beach.

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Once again, we didn't really have a specific destination in mind... you know, beyond the beach... unfortunately it's not that easy to just go down to the beach and drive along the foreshore, but we did a bit of that until we ended up near Grange, parked the car and decided to go for a wander along the sand.

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And it was a really nice wander. I took a lot of photos, I walked on the wet sand (which is a great exfoliant for the feet), got my feet wet in the ocean and took a lot of photos.

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After we'd washed the sand off our feet we headed back to the car, grabbed some water and found a spot to eat our brownies (which were slightly warm from being in the car, and very yummy) and then headed back here.

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So a very good day all in all...

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