A selection of my blurb year books.
So while I ponder this issue further I'll tell you about last weekend.
Last weekend my Mum and I had tickets to go to the Malvern Autumn Show. I'd been to the spring show before but never the Autumn. I try not to book stuff at weekends in case the one weekend I pick is the one weekend that month Chief gets free. It's even harder organising to see him right now as whilst he works out his notice he's working up north a lot. Sods law that having paid coach and show tickets he then announced he could get down that weekend. As there were spare seats on the coach we managed to get him a ticket. Although I was a bit nervous as to whether he'd like it. He'd already said he was giving up a day bird watching (he had plans if I went off the show and he had the day to himself.) As it turned out I think he enjoyed the show more than me. The show is vast. It seemed bigger and more crowded than the spring one I went to a few years ago. Also we didn't look at a map or a guide; just wandered aimlessly. I kept seeing all these people with plants they'd purchased. We only found plant sellers half an hour before we had to go back to the coach. As a result the only thing I bought all day was some black charcoal cheese, which I'm saving for Christmas. Chief on the other hand bought a shirt and some trousers. (The latter I ended up taking up whilst he went off to pick us up a takeaway!)
This whopper of a pumpkin was the largest at the show. It weighed
They had a vintage area including a vintage tea shop!
Not surprisingly flowers were my favourite thing
There was more veg than I've ever
seen displayed in one place.
There were so many animals too.
Chief pretty much stroked anything he went near.
I think we were all exhausted by the time we got back to the coach. The next day we woke up and despite being tired the sun was shining and it lured us out to Farmoor. Chief said we'd just walk along the causeway and then turn back. But at the end of the causeway the sun was so lovely we were tempted to walk back around the smallest reservoir. We'd not done this walk before.
I also added three new birds to my list for the year: A Kingfisher (too fast to get pics.),
A rock pipit (with a pied wagtail behind.)
A lone Wheatear
We headed for home around lunch time and decided to look for a pub to get some lunch. I saw a sign for 'The Perch' which I'd heard of but not visited before. We managed to bag a table in the garden, which was very busy and Chief went and ordered some food. I can't believe at the end of September I was sat in the garden like this:
bare arms and tired eyes.
Soon it was time for us to get back home and Chief to get back to camp. He'd thought at that stage he was going to have go up North the same day. But luckily he had a reprieve.
So that was my weekend. Not a stitch made other than in taking up his trousers.