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Wednesday, 05 July 2006
PYO Strawberries at Priory Farm


On Saturday mornings I take Pinkie to her SESAY rehersal in Bletchingley. While she is there, and if I don’t have too much else to do, I wash my car and pop in for an espresso at Grace Barrand in nearby Nutfield.

Last Saturday, prompted by reading how Kipperfrog went strawberry picking at Priory Farm in Nutfield, I headed there to check it out. I hadn’t had breakfast, so I breakfasted on the strawberries in the field, and then filled up my little basket and headed to the café in the garden centre for an espresso. Quite a pleasant experience, but I should go back with Pinkie and Bluemeanie to take advantage of the 3-strawberry-baskets-for-the-price-of-one special.

Posted by bigblue on 05/07/2006 at 10:43 PM
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Tuesday, 04 July 2006
Fire Brigade

fire brigade

From the Oxted Pram Race last Friday evening. I can think of very few people with the time and energy on their hands to make a “pram” like this with a working siren, flashing lights, real fire-fighting equipment, and four or five men dressed in real firefighting outfits.

You have to commend the lads for foresaking all those hours of playing pool, darts and poker in order to create this vehicle for this charity event. 
grin Er, only joking - I know that if my house catches fire you will be there like a flash, right?  We meanies really do appreciate our brothers in blue.

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Monday, 03 July 2006
The Romans


These stills from my camcorder aren’t the greatest quality, but they hopefully give a feel for the different contestants at the Oxted Pram race last Friday. I am not sure how the race actually works: for example whether the teams are timed between the start and finish lines or whether the prize is for the best costumes.  Anyway, these guys were going great guns. They would surely either be disqualified for having too many people pushing/pulling the “pram” or they would win the timed race.

Posted by bigblue on 03/07/2006 at 05:42 PM
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Sunday, 02 July 2006
The Pirates


This is the pirate entry from the Oxted Pram race on Friday evening. I think this is one of the better entries. They deserve kudus for improvisation alone: the pram has a whiff of boat about it, and that dressing gown with the frilly lace bits is great. I don’t know quite why it works, but it does.

This evening I went with bluemeanie to a concert, organised by her singing teacher. It was sweaty hot, and I had to close my eyes, dip my head, and put on that “don’t disturb me, I’m thinking deeply” look. That’s what I call it anyway.

Look here for the latest Brit Blog Roundup.

Posted by bigblue on 02/07/2006 at 10:11 PM
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Saturday, 01 July 2006
Oxted Pram Race

Oxted Pram Race

Sat outside in the sunshine yesterday evening and watched the Oxted Pram Race pass by.  When these chaps ran past I wondered if Fathers for Justice had entered.  As I understand it, the Pram Race raises money for charity. The entrants run from New Oxted near the station to Old Oxted, stopping for “refreshments” at various establishments along the way. Many of the spectators who line the route carry water pistols which they use to squirt at the competitors. In turn, many of the competitors carry their own water pistols. The entrants from the local Fire Brigade even had some kind of water cannon.

Posted by bigblue on 01/07/2006 at 10:01 PM
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