Friday, 26 August 2022

What day is it?

Indeed I have to ask myself what day it is.   Friday indeed which means Gardeners' World this evening - I can relax, put my feet up and watch.   And what a  strange gardening year it has been here in the UK.

I wish I had the energy to push Priscilla round the Wensleydale Show tomorrow, particularly round the Produce Tents to see the Marrows, the Bramley Cooking Apples, the Home-Grown Tomatoes, the Home-made Jams and Pickles, the Swiss Rolls, the Victoria Sandwich Cakes.   How seriously the local ladies take it all.   My dear Farmer's mother used to enter and win not just here at the local show but also at The Great Yorkshire Show.

Speaking of such things makes me wonder whether my dear friends S and T are entering their honey.   They always bring me some to have on my morning toast.   In today's Times Ann Treneman talks of bees and going to a "Bee Day" with her grandson and watching as a wasp accidentally gets into a beehive whereupon the bees block its exit and literally pull it limb from limb.

And in her column she gets on to her word for the week - a word from our American friends:  "buttinski" - as she says - exactly what that intruder wasp could be called - pretty self-explanatory too - shall try and remember to use it.

See you tomorrow.....

19 comments:

busybusybeejay said...

Aren’t there mobility scooters to hire.If you had one of your own it might give you lots more freedom.
Barbarax

Barbara Anne said...

Might you take your Silver chariot to let your peruse the veg? Might your son and his wife like to accompany you if Silver will go slow enough to keep pace with her wheelchair? It just might be worth the bother even if a good, long nap is needed when you three get back home. :)
Friday here: fish and chips for dinner!

Hugs!

thelma said...

If I could join you I would be happy to go to the show, if only for home grown apples and plums, not something I can find easily round here, something I miss is village life and surplus vegetables and fruit..

jinxxxygirl said...

Pat its too bad you don't have access to a wheelchair.. even just for the day.. Someone could push you around so you could see all the things you miss.. I still remember the day.. i was a child.. and my Grandparents took me to a big amusement park here in the US.. There was no way my grandfather who walked very proudly i might say with two canes.. could walk all day at the park.. So he swallowed his pride and allowed himself to be pushed in a wheelchair around the park . I don't remember much else about that day but i remember that and how wonderful it was to have him there.. Much love and hugs! debs

wherethejourneytakesme2 said...

What a shame you cannot go - my dad had a small mobility scooter and it became his life line but he had mum to help him back then and they are heavy to lift in and out of a car - I am not sure how mum ever did it by herself but she did. It meant though that dad could always come with the family when we went to places and didn't miss out.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Debs I think the ground wuld be too uneven for a wheelchair - the Showfield iss just an ordinary field for the rest of the year.
Thelma - I would love to have you here on Show day.
Now with my new diagnosis I don't feel safe on a nobility scooter.

Heather said...

I hope the weather behaves itself tomorrow for your agricultural show. It sounds just like the ones I remember from my younger days and how I would love to be able to visit it and enjoy all the stalls and displays.
Much fresher and cooler down here today, thank goodness. The awful humidity of the past few weeks renders me quite useless. I'm looking forward to cooking proper meals rather than eating salads and/or 'light' meals. I can't ever remember feeling like this before, and usually feel sad toward the end of August, that autumn is fast approaching. Perhaps it has something to do with being old.

Debby said...

I am sorry that your life is growing more complicated. Have they offered up any ideas on why you've developed epilepsy at this stage of your life. Have you had some sort of cerebular vascular accident?

It is cooler here and we are getting some rain as well. Grateful for it!

Anonymous said...

We seem to be back to hot, humid and dry here after a respite of almost a week. It IS still August, traditionally our most unpleasant month. It is also the month of county fairs, which has always made them no fun at all for me - we used to take our kids to one a couple hours away from the city to see the animals, horse racing and farm produce. Don't have to do that anymore, and today I am thankful, as much as I miss having little people around.

Hope you are staying well!

Ceci

Chris said...

I'm sure you have lots of lovely memories of visiting previous shows with family and your lovely farmer.

Joanne Noragon said...

Sounds as if you would need a pretty strong young fellow to push you around the show.

Susan said...

I can see how you loved the show. I would love it too. We do not have anything quite like it. The talk about bees is fascinating. I've never heard of a wasp invading a bee hive and being torn apart. Everybody knows a buttinsky or two!

Anonymous said...

I taught children in very heavy wheelchairs in a special education school.
Many of the fun activities at an Botanic Gardens Schools Day were inaccessible to our students as the activities were either in the heritage glasshouse with access only by steps, and as we also discovered, across vast expanses of lawn, or gravel. A disappointment, as staff on either side could not leave their responsibilities for any sort of display exchange, much of which was not possible anyway.
Our Royal Adelaide Showgrounds on the other hand, to be used soon, are disability- friendly.
Mobility requirements need to be considered much more don't they, so all can enjoy and socialize - Pam, Aust.

Anonymous said...

...'an Botanic' was originally 'an educational'. -oops.

Librarian said...

I'd love to have a stroll round the produce tent (and all the rest of the show, for that matter). Sorry you can not go, but I understand your concerns about the mobility scooter and the uneven field.
I am happy to report we have had several hours of good, steady, not too heavy rain fall last night, and there is more to come today! A thunderstorm went through the area, we were only at the outskirts so no damages around here, and now it is much cooler. Before that, it was so warm and humid, I was wet through from just walking to my parents and back.

Anne Brew said...

Bring back the open top sedan chair. x

Ellen D. said...

You could have a local friend take some phone videos of the fair for you so you can enjoy the highlights. I so often enjoy seeing things on YouTube that I cannot get to in person. Just a thought...
At least you have your happy memories of past fairs with your farmer to comfort you. Have a nice weekend!

The Weaver of Grass said...

Joanne I need a pretty strong young fellow full stop-but not likely to get one!

Debby = my doctor is ringing me on Monday to discuss things.


Thank you everyone. I have sat out in the front garden on Priscilla for a couple of hours reading The Canterbury Tales for Book Group. Enjoyed it and H next door, who is gardening, brought me a bunch of flowers from her garden.

The weather has held up beautifully for the Show. I am sure it has been a great success.

donna baker said...

Pat, it is so good to hear how you are doing. I haven't been on blogger in a long time. I was thinking about you and some others and wondered how everyone was. I am happy to see that all of you seem to be hale and hearty. I am caregiving for my husband and it is a very hard time. Take good care of yourselves all. Donna @gather.