Monday - Wednesday June 24-26th - Pubs,
Shopping and Starting Tillie
We had a bit of a break between the 1000 Engine Rally
and the trip across the channel to Belgium. This gave me a chance to just goof off reading pond side in the garden.
Naturally this called for a replenishing of the beer supplies. Lunch was an assortment of cheeses, pate, pork pie,
and smoked ham sandwiches. Jim had cleaned up one of his tat stall treasures from Astle Park. It was a neat looking
Singer Model 35K1 Industrial Sewing Machine.
While we did find some pictures of it on the net, we
still don't really know how it was used. It is pretty cool looking though. For dinner we had a really good Chinese
stir fry with chicken, sausage, and noodles.
We were going to be bringing a keg of ale to the Urban Rally at the weekend, so we decided to go to the brew pub,
Bell in East Langton, and sample some before
committing to a 70 pint barrel. The sound of music called us outside to the lawn where we watched a side of Morris
Dancers performing. This group performs at
area pubs on Monday nights. The Skirmish Dance was pretty impressive; whacking away at each other with great energy
and speed using long beribboned heavy sticks. Not the sort of dance to be performed after a few pints.
It was also a good time to do a bit of shopping. I had seen a really neat gargoyle
in Jim & Dolly's garden and decided that a couple of those would travel well in Fat Bastard's crate across
the pond. When I got to the shop I totally fell in love with the impudent buzzard in chains
and decided on one like Dolly's for my youngest daughter's garden. The lazy dragon
was just right for my other daughter's garden as it bore a striking resemblance to her dog Cooper. We also stopped
at the Aga store to check out the latest additions to the range. We also
stopped over to the Unit to check out Andy's Ferguson tractor. Definitely fun to drive. I may be forced to get a tractor of my own
one of these days! We also fired up Andy's 3-4 hp Benz.
Dinner was Rude-y
Pork, peas, carrots, and new potatoes. Strawberries
and cream were a nice finishing touch.
We even gave Tillie a bash without success. Clearly the head crack is allowing
too much of the compression to bleed off into the water jacket. Fortunately, a head repair is planned for the near
future. For lunch we has ATIS carrot soup
and bread. Dinner was gammon, string beans, jacket potatoes with Marmite and shredded cheddar, and baked beans.
We went out to the Coach & Horses for a few pints after dinner, then off early to bed as we'd be getting up
EARLY in the morning for the drive to Dover.
Next up is Belgium and Dover Castle.
||A Narrowboat Cruise on the Grand Union Canal
||1000 Engine Rally and Anson Museum
||Belgium and Dover Castle
||Abbey Pumping Station Urban Rally
||Peter Forbes & Melton Mowbray
||Philip Thornton-Evison & Tony Harcombe's Museum
||POETS Day and Hollowell Steam Show
||The London Eye and Imperial War Museum