Tuesday 27 August 2013

This (long) Weekend at the Duckpond

We have mostly been...

Watching - the first illuminated Carnival procession of the 2013 Carnival season here in South West England. Saturday Night's procession was at Sturminster Newton in the Dorset countryside and during September and October there's lots of other Carnival processions happening all over Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire.
A quick heads up for the big one on Saturday 2nd November as well - Bridgwater Carnival - reputed to be the biggest illumniated Carnival in the World!

Sturminster Newton Carnival

Judging - the entries at Sturminster Newton Carnival. I've been involved with the Carnival season for longer than I care to remember and once a year I don pen and clipboard and take a turn at judging which entry is the best. For obvious reasons I can't reveal who I judged as top of the class! :-)

Sturminster Newton Carnival Judge

Gromiting - before heading off to the Carnival I managed to fit in a few Gromits in Bristol.

Feathers Gromit

Packing - for our week away at Great Dorset Steam Fair

Travelling -  50ish miles south in a vehicle with a top speed of 30mph
(translated as taking Andrew's 1952 Scammell to Great Dorset Steam Fair)

Thrifting - around the stalls at Great Dorset Steam Fair. Even though it doesn't officially open to the public til Wednesday, if you're an exhibitor you get to wander round the stalls before the hoards arrive!

Hope you had a lovely bank holiday weekend, what did you get up to?


  1. Sounds like a fabulous BH Weekend! Very busy, indeed!

    We did lots of Gromit hunting--up to 77 now--some gardening, ate out rather a lot, and had a BBQ at the inlaws. In between all of that, I have been devouring the first Jack Reacher book after really enjoying the film on Friday night.

    Angela xx
    Little Apple Tree

    1. Ooh, sounds like fun! We're only up to 73 gromits (mostly the ones outside Bristol), but we're going to have one last go on Sunday and try and do them all. The only one left will be Paddington Gromit which hopefully we'll try and get when it moves to Bristol! :-) x


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