First up, back in May we went to a fantastic food and beer festival in Ludlow, Shropshire. It was held in the grounds of Ludlow Castle and rather than me trying to remember and describe it all, I'll just point you in the direction of this fabulous blog post by Patrick. He does a great job of telling the tale and below are some photos that I took on the day.
Next event up was our annual summer holiday. Instead of the usual cottage stay, we had opted for a boating holiday on the Norfolk Broads and off we went in mid-June. The weather had been horrendous in the weeks leading up to our holiday, rainy, windy and just plain horrible but actually, during the week we were away we were pretty lucky and it only rained briefly one afternoon, it rained every night but we were tucked up and cosy on the boat then so it didn't matter.
I have to say that my feelings now, four months on are still "Least said, soonest mended"! Let's just say that I didn't take to it and was very nervous driving the boat all week. On the way down, we stopped off in Kings Lynn at Beers of Europe for supplies of our favourite Belgian Ales to take onboard. The place really is a beer lover's paradise and we spent rather a lot of time (and money) in there! We stayed in Norwich overnight and visited some of the lovely pubs there before driving to Stalham the next day to pick up our boat. After a (very) short drive / sail (not sure what to call it) out of the boatyard and a quick tutorial on how to moor up, we were on our way. I can't say I really enjoyed the week on the boat, although I wouldn't say I hated it either. For me, it was just a stressful experience and I wouldn't want to do it again.
Still, we got lots of photos of ducks, geese and swans :-)
And Patrick did get to relax some of the time.
That's this post done and dusted. I'll try to post again before the week is out to get us a bit more up to date.