I used to catch the 3F

I’ve decided my blogs are like buses, none for ages and then 2 come along at once, perhaps more the fact that I’ve got loads to do and I’m just delaying for time, it’s either this or have a cup of tea which will then include a biscuit, so writing this is the low-calorie option. Libby the Golden Retriever is obviously happy we’re both home today judging by her tail wagging, I’m going to have to put a cardigan on at this rate.

Heading to Ludlow once I’ve got myself into gear, that’s if I can get in. We’re definitely in ‘spot the tourist’ season which is fantastic for the shops and local trade, and wait for the Food Festival in 2 weeks, you’ll not be able to move!  We’re very lucky where we are in as much as we are close to 2 super towns, but dear old Tenbury is struggling, not helped once we lost the cattle market several years ago and then of course the floods, and from January next year the bridge is closed for repairs with only a footpath alternative for those who want to shop! I know there is huge resistance to Tesco coming in, but the town needs something, personally I wish it was a Marks & Spencer or Waitrose as that wouldn’t be in competition with what the town offers and it would then attract out-of-town visitors. I’ve always felt Tenbury would benefit from belonging to another council in all honesty. It comes under the same banner as Malvern and Upton, and try as it might, it can’t compete with towns who have the facilities they do. Having said all that, it offers its own charm and I for one shop at Bowketts, buy my fruit & veg from Moody’s, the Doctors and Dentist are second to none and try as you might, you’ll not be able to walk through the town without someone smiling at you or passing the time of day – which reminds me …… lots to do!

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News to Noose!

August in the world of media is usually known as the ‘silly season’ as normally there would be very little news happening, but this year it’s certainly not the case. Turning the television on today with news from Libya, seeing people coming together en mass in search of freedom, I can’t help think of the world-wide coverage of our country a couple of weeks ago when again people came together, but this time having the privilege of being free, yet all they wanted to do was destroy and abuse everything that goes with it, including their own towns and communities! 

Having grown up in Lincolnshire, The Red Arrows become a part of being a ‘yellow belly’ so to hear of the death of Jon Egging was very sad and our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and all the team.

Away from the headlines and life is busy getting the new addition to our services up and running, if you want to have a look at our new trailer, it’s on Twitter @wotscooking

Gracie the calf now resembles a proper Highland Calf and not only has Stan the Cockerel found his voice, he’s using it from 3 o’clock in the morning, so not sure how much longer Stan will be with us!

Next event is Ludlow Food Festival which we love, and Glyn and I are again looking after both stages so if you’re heading over that way, please come and say hello.

 

Not enough hours in a ‘May’

I definitely have a weakness for old farm equipment having just added a vintage potato grader to our collection, not sure where it’s going exactly as it’s not like a new pair of shoes you can hide in the wardrobe only to bring them out and tell the other half you’ve had them ages! Been a busy few weeks what with the Spring Show at Malvern which I always enjoy, especially when it involves working alongside the lovely James Alexander Sinclair and Joe Swift. Had the pleasure of working with Mike Dilger for the first time too which was enjoyable and it was lovely to see so many youngsters getting involved with the nature trails he hosted. Staying with all things gardening for a moment, must say Congratulations to Cleve West for winning not only Gold for his garden at Chelsea Flower Show but for Best in Show overall and Paul Hervey Brookes who designed the RNIB garden won a Silver Gilt.

Ludlow Spring Festival was a first for us this year as usually it clashes with Malvern, but me and him ran the cookery stage which was fun and always nice when you don’t have to travel too far to get home and put your feet up. Birmingham Symphony Hall was the destination last Sunday for the Worcestershire Young Musicians Gala Concert and yet again the quality defied their ages. This year we had the youngest ever participant at the age of 4, ably assisted by her teddy bear Fluffy who went to every rehearsal and sure enough was there on the night too. I got my own dressing room again which was very swish and my name on the door too, only problem was their towels are just a little too big to get in my bag.

Looking forward to the first ever Malvern Food Festival this Saturday, I’ll be there chatting during the cookery demonstrations for Heart of England Fine Foods and on Monday, Glyn and I will be working at the Asparagus Festival at Breforton with our old pal Felice Tocchini, so should be fun.

Away from work, we’ve had to move the cows back home a bit earlier than planned but like many areas in the country, the grass just isn’t growing and sheep wise, hopefully we’ll be able to get them shorn fairly soon. Still wondering what gender one of the four chicks born two months ago is, we’ve definitely got two pullets and a cockerel and then whatever this one chooses to become, I’m sure we’ll find out soon.

We have the best food producers

What a wonderful few days at the fabulous Ludlow Food Festival, we’ve had a full house at home with both my sister staying and then a couple of pals, one on Friday and the other Saturday, the house has never looked so clean! Bit baggy around the eyes as last night our stray cat gave birth to what I thought was 2 kittens until I checked on her first thing & found a cold and blue little body lying apart from Mum. When I went to pick he/she up, I was amazed to find a heart beat so set to & long story short, glad to say all 3 are doing okay. Lovely to see so many familiar faces at the festival, and new friends too, but the diet has gone by the wayside having brought so many treats home. Picking our hops up tomorrow so here’s to a smelly kitchen!

Countdown to Ludlow

Not long to go before Ludlow Food Festival, Glyn is busy sorting out the equipment which translates as our lounge has been taken over by televisions, microphones and speakers and as always when it happens, I declare that we need an extension! Over the past week I’ve been trying to get a little fitter by walking 3 miles with the dogs each morning but judging by the way it’s going if someone happens to ring whilst I’m going up hill they’ll think I’m moonlighting as a heavy breather.