Monday, May 31, 2010

Bank Holiday with Nick and Celina

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We caught up with Nick and Celina today and decided to spend some time at the annual Stamford Game and Country Fair at Burghley House. Fortunately, the weather was drier than yesterday, but there was a vicious wind. All the time the sun was out, it was a beautiful day, but when it wasn’t, it was f-f-f-freezing. Still, it didn’t spoil our enjoyment. There was a falconry display which was pretty impressive, although they did manage to lose a falcon!!!, Traction Engines, Archery, Dog Trials, a bouncy castle and lots of local products for sale – brilliant!

P1010257 There was also horse racing of a sort called ‘skurry’ where two small horses pull a two-person carriage – great fun and dangerous in equal measure! After a tour round the whole show, we stopped for lunch – Nick and I queued (and queued) for the venison burger with cheese, whilst the girls opted for the more healthy option of chicken wraps. It was all very delicious and luckily we managed to find a tent that kept us out of the wind.

P1010265 We had a final wander round and then stopped of the at The White Hart in Ufford for a few pints and a natter. In fact most of the conversation revolved around the TV that was showing last night’s BritP1010259ain’s Got Talent! Hmmm, a singing pig! Nice! 

We spent about an hour-or-so in the Pub and then headed back to theirs to sample the delights of Celina’s home-made tomato chutney and various nibbles – scrummy!

After a quick read of the papers, Celina introduced us to a game called Rummikub, a sort of modern-day dominoes..but more complicated. Ann picked it up really quickly, but considering it was a numbers thing, I didn’t, and was complete rubbish!!

Ann and Nick took Aruba for a walk, whilst Celina prepared the evening meal of chicken lasagne. We ate and ate...and then ate some more! By the time we’d staggered through the lasagne (yummy!)double-bake cheesecake (more yummy), two bottles of wine and finally, the cheese course, we were all stuffed and there was only one thing left to do – collapse in a comfy chair. We didn’t couldn’t move and spent the evening chatting about this-and-that. By 10pm, I was shattered, so it was off to bed! It’s been a great day – just wish it had been a bit warmer at the Fair.

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We slept in, and even I managed to stay under the duvet until 7.30! 

9.30  It was time to enjoy one of Nick and Celina’s legendary fried breakfasts. All local stuff – free-range eggs, local sausages, mushrooms, tomatoes – super scrummy! Over the brekky, we talked about the success of their cottage in Haworth and the website www.hillsidecottage-haworth.co.uk  that just seems to be getting busier and busier.

After the feast we packed up our stuff and headed home, getting away just before 11.

It’s been a great bank-holiday – the weather though, could have been better, especially today, that started of looking decidedly grey!