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Bugs, barbeques, and blah blah blah!

August 23, 2010

The third mention in my title would have been cricket. Except for two things – there was not much in the way of cricket, and what we did see was nearly ruined by an inconsiderate “Posh boy” sitting behind us. The weekend had been planned since a slightly tipsy weekend in December last year. We splashed out on the best tickets for the four of us – justifying it by the fact that we would not be needing hotel accommodation and all the added costs that go with it. The trouble is, the top price seats are often occupied by the “inconsiderate” classes. Our friend with the punnet of plums in his mouth was no exception! God did he go on. And on, and on. Most of his inane chatter was devoted to the price of stuff – houses, new bathrooms, salaries, blah, blah, blah! Of course, being the polite English that we are, we just muttered under our breath – no-one actually said a word to him. Just quietly seethed and sighed, between the slow overs of a game of cricket that was doomed from the first over of the days play. As the day wore on, and our patience wore thin, the game suddenly picked up. The roar of the crowd and our shouts of encouragement to the players drowned him out at last! We eventually surrendered the game mid-afternoon. As soon as the last wickets fell, posh boy upped sticks and left – didn’t even stay to applaud the players or see the presentation. Conclusion – he knew sweet FA about the game, and much less about his fellow human being. Perhaps he was going home to bore his wife to sleep now.

The rest of our weekend was punctuated with wine, good food and lovely company, courtesy of two of our oldest and dearest friends. We made mental notes to buy cheaper tickets next year (despite the fantastic view that £97 buys you!), as mingling with Joe Public is always a far nicer experience. A mild to middling hangover was cured by a four mile walk in Harrold-Odell Country Park near Bedford. We saw buzzards, heard green woodpeckers and witnessed the flight of various dragonflies and damsel flies, one even landed on Mark’s arm and posed for a photo!

Much to our amusement….we also found a troll by the little bridge on the way into the park here…

But we all managed to escape and enjoy a gorgeous Howard barbecue!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Ris permalink
    August 23, 2010 3:50 pm

    Love the troll snap Jill, had me laughing for ages. x

  2. Nicola permalink
    September 7, 2010 10:54 am

    Troll bit hilarous! Love and miss you both xx

  3. Mrs Howard BBQ - always fancied initials after my name permalink
    October 5, 2010 6:34 pm

    Only now have I got around to checking out your blog and so happy to see you kept your promise and had a good moan about our ‘ plum in mouth friend’.

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