Sunday, 25 November 2012

A Chinese Evening

Last night I went with a group of friends to our local Chinese Restaurant for a meal.   There were eight of us and we do this on a regular basis.  We usually make rather a lot of noise as we are a jolly group, but this time we were well outstripped by a group of eight young ladies in their early twenties - quite a change.   A delicious meal on a pouring wet, cold night while the farmer sat at home watching television on his own and enjoying it.

Today I have finally managed something I have been trying to do for weeks.   Well, I'll come clean and admit it, my son came round and set the system up for me.  But here it is anyway.

Our local market town, Leyburn, has its own band.   They have been together now for some years and are doing very well and playing at a lot of local venues. I have a friend, G, who plays in it and who has said for a long time that I should give them a mention on my blog.   I have done so but been quite unable to post the photographs she has given me.   Now at last I can show you what Leyburn Band looks like.

Each year there is a Band Concert in September at Hardraw Force in Wensleydale (Force being the local word for waterfall).   It is open to all Bands and attracts them from a wide area.   Naturally Leyburn Band features in the contest and often wins.   This particular year I T V were there filming the event for the popular series 'The Dales' with Adrian Edmondson.   Two of the photographs were taken on that occasion.

The third photograph shows the Band playing at the Methodist Chapel in Reeth, the small town in Swaledale.

As we are quite a long way from 'civilisation' so to speak, we do have to make our own amusement up here and events like this are always popular.   And long may it continue to be so.

There has been another deluge of rain here, but not enough for flooding.   Spare a thought for our blogging friends in the South West of the country where flooding has been terrible - as it was up here a couple of months ago.   It seems as though every area has had to have this deluge at one time or another.



As I write, mid afternoon on Sunday, the sun is shining and it is bitterly cold.   But more rain is forecast for later on today and for the whole of tomorrow.  I can't help questioning, what is happening to our weather?    

16 comments:

Crafty Green Poet said...

yes what is happening to our weather! Edinburgh used to be cold, dry, windy and sunny most of the time. Now the only thing that is predictable is the wind!

I haven't been to a Chinese restaurant for a while,

Pondside said...

It's fun to have an evening out with friends, to laugh and talk a little too long and loud!

Linda Metcalf said...

This weather seems to be hanging over the UK forever...are the forecasters saying there is any let up to look forward to? Global warming?

Arija said...

We always want what we haven't got, you want the rain to stop and I pray for every drop that comes our way.
The weather ass always, is changing, only now, the little changes have built up into something we no longer can ignore. I personally feel that we have a great number of catastrophic weather events at this time, to teach us to help each other rather than keep killing each other.

Heather said...

I love Chinese food and your evening out sounds most enjoyable. Nice to see the photos of Leyburn band, as promised. As for the weather - I suppose the forecasters are finding it interesting! Keep warm and dry.

Gwil W said...

There's currently a high pressure system called Otto in Central / Eastern Europe that just won't budge. We've been sitting in fog for 2 weeks in Vienna. Consequently the westerlies are unable to follow their usual course and ten to get stuck over the UK and surrounding area.
The record is 29 days of fog!

Gwil W said...

You can see how I escaped the fog for a day. http://www.bardontherun.blogspot.com

Jan said...

Looks like we in Texas are in for continuing drought this winter-it's one extreme or the other isn't it?

John Gray said...

pissing down here Pat!
oh I do love a band
I ant one at my funeral

Elizabeth said...

The band sounds excellent, as does the Chinese supper.
Yes, the weather worldwide is quite batty.....

the 'new normal'?

Cloudia said...

Chinese with friends on a cold rainy night IS very near my idea of heaven.


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MorningAJ said...

I'm just glad the temperature is above freezing, otherwise all this rain would be snow!

rachel said...

Ooh, I've been to Leyburn! Always nice to know where a blog-mentioned place is... Such wonderful countryside all around too. And lucky you, having delicious Chinese food - our local takeaway is unspeakably bad, and I miss treats like that.

Your thoughts of us in the waterlogged SW are much appreciated.

Gwil W said...

Re John Gray's comment: My neighbour booked musicians for his funeral. They failed to turn up. The priest muddled through. We were so disappointed.

Dave King said...

Fantastic post. The great images sit happily alongside your text, interesting as always.

But what's happening to the weather? I think we'd all like to know that - one TV forecaster included, who asked the same question - and pointed out that this wet spell began in April!

The Weaver of Grass said...

Thanks for visiting - wish you could all hear the band - they are very good.