I went and visited ailbhe
in Reading. It was good.
I had not seen her - except on the internet - since the Convention in August.
I traveled out to Paddington with the beloved, who was going to visit a friend in Oxford, and then we got different trains.
I like my Citymapper app so much: when I missed the train (I got distracted buying myself a soft drink) it showed me the next several trains going to Reading. Then, when I got to Reading it told me where Eclectic Games
was, so I could walk there and say hi to Becky and wait for Ailbhe. Eclectic Games
is fantastic, it is a beautiful board-games and card-games shop. It is bright, well-lit, has nice wide aisles. And it has upstairs large gaming rooms, with tables and chairs, and vending machines for snacks, tea and coffee, and soft drinks. Also there are booths to sit at which are not *in* the gaming rooms, so I sat at one with Ailbhe, and Becky joined us, and we had a hot drink and a chat. We also discovered that we actually do believe in weather magic: The rain the previous day was because one of us had hung out washing.
After that Ailbhe took me to Nibsy's, which is a Gluten-free cafe. I had a delicious scone with clotted cream and raspberry jam, and Ailbhe had a vegan cupcake with no allergens (that means none of the allergens on some official list. People can be allergic to many different things and some allergies are less known.) I think those cupcakes are made with sugar and good wishes. I mean, I have no idea what's in them. I also had a coffee and walnut cake, it was delicious, and the icing was sweet, gooey, and generous.
After Nibsy's we went to Tiger - it is a very pleasing shop of random things - they have Halloween things in now. I like it and it is only the second time I have been in one. I bought myself a small pencil-case (among many other things). Today I found I have many many pens and could use a larger pencil-case, which I had not expected. I might have to go to Tiger again, to find a bigger pencil-case. It is a chain, there are Tiger shops in London too.
We finished the town-visit and continued (by taxi) to Ailbhe's. Once we got there I gave her the eraseable pen and re-fills I got for her at Muji. I am so proud and glad I remembered both to bring them, and to hand them over. (Of course when I got home I realised I'd meant to bring some comics I have for the comics-interested children, and I forgot those. Oh well.)
There was also some drawing for inktober - I tried to draw one of the cats, it was sitting conveniently close, but it kept changing pose.
Also I mentioned non-newtonian thixotropic fluids, in the context of a silver-ink pen that would not flow. It did flow much better after it was shook. (That also works for shampoo and for ketchup).
We watched Strictly Come Dancing, and that was fun.
I was fed salmon-less salmon risotto, and it was good. The salmon was left out for me, and added for the other people. Because of thoughtful asking by Ailbhe before food. And thoughtful cooking and serving by R.
Then I went home - updating Ailbhe per her request at every stage of the journey, until I was safely home.This entry was also posted at http://ruthi.dreamwidth.org/395382.html, where it has comments. You can comment here, or there.