Thursday, 28 August 2008
Tuesday, 26 August 2008
We paid £25 to get in (including the 'old fogeys' concession, and quite honestly, it was a total waste of money. We heard other comments in the same vein. Stoneleigh is going to have to work very hard to make this event the same annual success that the original Town and Country Festival was. Maybe it will even tarnish the Royal Show?
Our main reason for going was that we have decided to build a small studio in the back garden, and we hoped to see a few buildings to give us ideas. There weren't any! So we went off to Bentleys where we saw the widest range of garden buildings anywhere and made our choice. Now, I've got to start earth moving.
Over the Bank holiday weekend, we visited a couple of country shows. The first was the Holdenby Food Show sponsored by Waitrose, though I have to say the Waitrose presence was quite discreet.
Not a bad event, this; quite small but with lots going on. Cost us £7.50 each to get in (we could probably have got the 'old crocks' concession and paid £6,50, but the admission included entry to the house as well). Good cookery demos with chefs from very good local hotels and restaurants. lots of different foods to try and buy and good value kitchen utensils. We had a good time and bought a pie dish which we went home and filled with a steak pie - delicious!
The only problem with this show was the signage - we got well and truly lost in the back roads in spite of the fact that Marea knows the area well since she drives through it every day on her way to work and has Marie Curie Cancer Care support groups in some of the surrounding villages.
Tunnel Brewery - where I usually buy my beer
There are lots of these old piles in Northamptonshire, and they all look more or less the same, but the gardens tend to be rather good - particularly Coton Manor which we visit occasionally. They do art classes and garden classes as well as running a small garden centre. It's well worth a visit, if only to see the Flamingoes.
Our second visit, to Stoneleigh, wasn't so good. More later.
Saturday, 23 August 2008
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Friday, 22 August 2008
Thursday, 21 August 2008
Wednesday, 20 August 2008
Tuesday, 19 August 2008
It seems a bit odd to be starting this almost at the end of the Summer, but as we move through August, it's all happening in the hedgerows. The Elderberries are ripening, Hawthorns are reddening and everything feels full of life. In my neighbour's garden, the Bramleys are swelling and the chestnuts are forming in their husks. There'll be a bit more about my own garden later.
Recently, the village had a vote on village status - whether we wanted to remain a village or become a town. This, of course, is the main village; I live in an attached hamlet separated from the village proper by a main road. There seemed to be no advantages to being a town (we got to call the Chairman of the Council a 'Mayor' but there were no extra powers or finance) so, unsurprisingly, the villagers decided overwhelmingly that they wanted to remain a village. When some friends who live in the main village expressed their surprise (they voted for 'Town'), they seemed not to understand that many of the villagers had moved out of cities with the express intention of living in a village and weren't about to throw that away on a whim.
Monday, 18 August 2008
This is just a small beginning. I'm hoping to learn lots more about blogging and also about my own village and its surroundings. More soon