Thank you for your kind birthday messages yesterday, much appreciated and as I’m going in the other direction now, I shall look forward to my 21st in the next few years! Spent the day trying to walk against the wind up Clee Hill with the dogs and then last night went to see the very funny Milton Jones at Telford. Not that I’m an old fart or anything, but both he and his support act James Acaster got through the whole night without one expletive which was so refreshing and lovely that the families with youngsters in the audience didn’t feel uncomfortable. I keep looking at our 4 chicks which are heading towards 5 weeks old now and still wondering what we’ve got. It keeps changing and today I’m thinking maybe 1 Roo and 3 hens, here’s hoping as then I can keep them all! Managed to write my columns over the weekend and can you believe they’re for July. Hopefully it’s the last visit for Tess at the vets tomorrow as finally the hole under her chin caused by her freak stick injury is healing, so shouldn’t think she’ll need another operation which is good news, both for Tess and my purse. I love her dearly but in more ways than one!
Huge thank you to Heart of England Fine Foods for inviting me to be a judge for Herefordshire and Worcestershire’s tastiest sausage competition. There were 7 of us in all, including a couple of ladies from Farm Stay, Andy Link from Riverside Inn at Aymestrey and Neil Chambers from the Handmade Scotch Egg Company. We had 49 bangers to judge so with all the pieces we ate put together means we probably had 9 full size ones each! Having done a smaller competition last year, I knew not to wear freshly washed jeans and to keep a napkin handy to one side for those that weren’t quite as tasty as the others. Next week sees the final in Birmingham which I’m hosting and not chomping, although if I’m honest, last time it took me a good 4 months before I ate another sausage. I’ve just booked tickets to see funny man Milton Jones in May and it’s Telford we’ll head due to closer venues being booked. It’s a nice venue Oakengates, as long as everyone wears slippers as it can get a bit noisy when folks either go to the bar or to use the facilities. At home, the animals are coping with the change in weather with a trip to get more hay in the morning. I knew the price would go up, but at an average of £100 per tonne it’s very expensive. At least having the sheep with the cows means there is no waste as they don’t half tidy up, it’s like having 3 woolly ‘Henry’s’ without the plug!