Thanks for dropping in!
Enjoying a day off here.
Went to Waitrose this morning.
Quite a novel experience actually.
It has been an age since I went grocery shopping,
so it was rather pleasant just wandering up and down the aisles,
picking a bit of this and that and what you fancy.
Sorry state of affairs when your work schedule has gone so far off course that a trip to the supermarket is a treat!
one of the highlights of the NEC Exhibition
was our Saturday night.
For many years, whenever we do the NEC,
we have always stayed on a farm in the surrounding area.
The lady of the house has become a dear friend.
Her name is Norma. She is one of the kindest, most down to earth people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting.
Well, we always happen to be at the NEC around Bonfire Night,
and Norma and her family always put on a fantastic bonfire party for all the neighbours and neighbouring farming families.
Let me introduce you to Norma...
So they have a massive fire - a HUGE fire
which is so hot, it’s hard to get too close...
Cold back hot front!
They stack a huge wall of hay bales right round the fire.
It is magical.
From left to right here:
Paul, Jo, Lisa (Jayne on the upper deck) Myself, Dave, Tim.
Tim is Norma’s son. He is another diamond geezer.
As the fire settles down, he jumps up into his John Deer Tractor
and reloads it.
He is also in charge of the firworks, and I can tell you,
they put on one hell of a display.
Norma and the other ladies serve up baked potatoes
and sausages and all sort of fantastic food.
The kids run around with sparklers.
The Collie Ben, runs round like a loony on speed,
chasing the fireworks and rounding up the kids.
I can’t tell you how breathtakingly normal and idyllic this evening was and alway is.
Far away from the madding crowd of the NEC.
Just to sit on a hay bale wall with a bunch of good people
and watch the flickering colours of the fire;
And all the cares and worries of the day,
the noise of the ugly, windowless, air-conditioned exhibition hall
just seem a million miles away -
as they are right now.
No more shows for a while now - thank goodness.
It’s Dave’s birthday today.
H A P P Y B I R T H D A Y D A V E !!!
Blimey. What a difference a year makes.
Last year, he was so ill, he couldn’t even make it to the NEC.
He wasn’t at the bonfire night last year either.
Blimming Naproxen nearly killed him.
But he was there this year, and he looks younger than ever.
I got some nice cake for later;
the two of us are just about to have a little siesta,
and maybe a little walk through the leaves.
Can’t keep up like we used to.
So let’s not try to today.
Love & Hugs