Sunday, 25 April 2010

Don't you just love spontaneous village life?

Weekend sunshine. Don't you just love it? Yesterday, Izzy and I were returning from the fields after walking Naughty George, when we heard the sounds of splashing and much gaiety coming from the garden of a house belonging to some relative newcomers (like me), who lived in the village.

As we approached, we saw two of Izzy's school friends jumping around naked, in a large inflatable paddling pool. They spotted Izzy and started shouting hello, just as one of their mothers, Julia came out from the house.

"Would Izzy like to come paddling?" she shouted to me.

"Yeh, sounds great," I shouted back, joining her in the garden with her husband Will, and friend Amanda.

"The plan is," continued Julia, "that the children wear themselves out in the paddling pool whilst us adults drink gin and tonic.

"Bloody civilised," I nodded approvingly, taking my place on a sun drenched bench.

Within moments, Will had placed a large humungous gin and tonic, stacked with lime and ice in my hand. Ah, I thought. This is the life.

So for three hours, we sat under the blue sky and chatted, watched life go by, and laughed at the antics of the children in the pool.

It could have been described as idyllic if it hadn't been for Naughty George. He broke free from his lead, peed up the side of one of the chairs and then proceeded to eat from a bowl of pasta that had been served to one of the children for supper. Even worse, whilst aforementioned sobbing child was being placated, he found the grated cheese pasta-topping and ate the lot.

"I'm really sorry," I shouted, trying to pin Naughty George into a corner.

"No problem," shouted Julia, "he's probably over-excited."

"No, you misunderstand," I responded, "he is called Naughty George because he is actually a complete naus."

"Yes," mused Will, regarding Naughty George disparagingly. Then without even trying to keep up the pretence of 'oh he's a nice dog really', he added "he isn't the most endearing of mutts."
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So finally, the sun started setting, and I thanked everyone for a lovely afternoon and set off, striding through the village, and back to my cottage ........ where, upon arriving, I realised that I had left NG tethered to a bench at Will and Julia's house. Doh! Too many gin and tonics.

So I had to endure the 'walk of shame' (which is generally characterised by a slightly wobbly gait), and traipse back through the village to retrieve mutt, and back again through the village again to get home.

All in all though, a very pleasant afternoon, made more so because of its impromptu-ness (yeh, yeh, I made that word up, but I can't think of a better one).

So what have you been up to this weekend?

14 comments:

  1. I like Naughty George. He has character.

    This morning we toddled up the A40 to Withington Manor Horse Trials to watch Sammi compete at a seriously scary level against some of the world's top professionals.

    This afternoon we went to bed at 2pm. We've only just got up. :)

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  2. Horse trials - you see that sounds well dramatic compared to stuff I do.

    But bed at 2pm?! Ummmm...no! don't give me any more details.....!

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  3. Busy weekend here playing trains, a short video of a non-stop run today can be seen here:-
    http://www.nvrpics.org.uk/videos/pinesexpress.MOV

    Not exactly a work of art but it was a darn dull day so opted for a video rather than a still shot when I have only one chance for a picture.

    I am shattered and will need the week to recover.

    Like the antics of George, he sounds my kind of dog.

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  4. It's a good place to rest, drink tea, eat chocolate, read, cuddle, snooze, laugh and erm.

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  5. Would you believe, marking and planning virtually non-stop? Boring, boring, boring. But I did watch a Thomas Hardy film on Friday night.

    Your 'walk of shame' made me laugh!

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  6. p.s. Tom and I will be competing at Ascot-under-Wychwood Horse Trials on Saturday 5th June if you're interested; not too far from your neck of the woods.

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  7. I love the video Robert! Why are there two trains pulling the carriages though?

    Go and put your feet up - you have earned the rest...... !!

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  8. It's great getting these insights into what people have been up to!!

    Except for poor Fran who had a boring weekend...... at least the Hardy film was a little consolation....?

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  9. Andy Brierley says: "Oh, what have you done, the back button works again!

    Do you really want to know what I’ve been doing? Tell me when to stop...

    Friday I went to see my mate and together we went to look at tents, I’m in the market for a replacement (I think this could be the one, but I’m still thinking http://www.facebook.com/l/fdb78;marmot.com/products/alpinist_2p), then we went to look at bikes. Well I say that, but we went so Chris could try on a helmet that he’s not bought, to make sure the one he’s waiting to be delivered is the right size – it was and is nice. But we had a look at the bikes anyway, even though they didn’t have the one I will have one day, and therefore I was relatively disinterested.

    My plan was to wake up early on Saturday morning and complete an application form for the job I am doing – long story, but the two 19 year olds I have as neighbours, equally long story, decided to have an impromptu party of their own which kept me awake until nearly 4am which more or less knacked my Saturday. So, Saturday I snoozed most of the day away watching old movies, however I did make a chilli destined to be dehydrated over night – my first real attempt.

    Sunday, and said chilli worked brilliantly, until that is, I tried to vacuum pack it, when the shards of chilli punctured the vacuum bags – the plan has collapsed and I’m distraught. However, I’m sure I will solve the problem so don’t worry too much.

    After completing the application I made a DVD copy of To Kill A Mockingbird for my friend in Bosnia. She’s reading the novel as part of her English teaching course and would like to see the film too, it was parcelled it up and is ready to post, and in that vein, I also wrapped a little camping stove a guy has bought off me.

    While I was getting on with that I roasted a chicken and a shed load of spuds, which I have just taken the centres out of, to mash, to dehydrate over night...

    ...I’ll stop now, sorry, I haven’t spoken to anyone in two days!

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  10. Eh up Bren, I might just pop along to the horse trials to see you and Tom in action! Sounds like fun.....!

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  11. Hi Andy - So you are still attempting to dehydrate food? Sorry to hear that the chilli didn't go so well, especially after your success with the bananas.

    Love the tent! It says it is a "high-end mountaineering tent", so pray do tell - dehydrated food and high-end tents - what are you planning?

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  12. I sped home, mowed the lawn, cleaned your pool, sped back to Jacksonville, had a late lunch Saturday (like 5pm late), fell asleep before 9pm (getting old) ..had a fab breakfast out (you'd love this place) at a diner in Ponte Vedra, took Gary to the dog park and got soaked in a down pour, went to watch 'kick Ass' super funny if a little disturbing, but best film of year so far, and then had 'PHO' at the local Vietnamese place... came back and watched River Monsters, my new favourite program about huge river fish - sounds boring, but I find facinating...

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  13. I sped home, mowed the lawn, cleaned your pool, sped back to Jacksonville, had a late lunch Saturday (like 5pm late), fell asleep before 9pm (getting old) ..had a fab breakfast out (you'd love this place) at a diner in Ponte Vedra, took Gary to the dog park and got soaked in a down pour, went to watch 'kick Ass' super funny if a little disturbing, but best film of year so far, and then had 'PHO' at the local Vietnamese place... came back and watched River Monsters, my new favourite program about huge river fish - sounds boring, but I find facinating...

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  14. Right this is where we get technical!!!
    The two locomotives were pulling together to recreate a scene from a picture of them both, back in pre-preservation days doing the same thing in Somerset, so from the railway being shown the picture by somebody a Somerset & Dorset Pines day came into being. The front carriage was the dining car and a buffet was being served in there, later in the day they served cream teas.
    There we are that's the reason.

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