Why I didn’t blog yesterday.



It’s that time of year when folks from all around flock to my tiny town for the Grand Union Canal boat festival. For two days every year its as if we’ve been transported back to the 70’S (or even earlier). Folks with flowers, smiles, feathered hats and colourful costumes abound, (and that’s just the spectators!) There are three stages for live events, historic re enactment, craft stalls, fun fair, boat rides and much more. Here’s a glimpse of what I was up to yesterday.



I always fancied a knight in shining armor, these were all very realistic though – not so shiny! There were several contenders (tourney winner announced today). I also watched as they armed the knights etc.


Wouldn’t be a country festival without Morris dancers! They also roamed around enjoying the festival between performance together with Star Wars personalities.


Kids petting zoo (we English love our animals) with goats, lambs, rabbits, etc. I didn’t actually do this one, though I’d have loved to if I could pass as a child.


This one I did do – free speed boat trips round the lake perfect for a hot day – feel the spray!


Walk along the canal to watch the barge tug of war and admire all the canal boats in town for the festival decked out for the festivities.


Couldn’t get a good picture of this (due to the crowds of people) but she playing a boat song.


My favourite (and smallest) music venue featuring folk and river songs. I spent an pleasant hour here while waiting to catch the final trip up the canal.(see tomorrows post when I’ve sorted the photos – guess where I’m off too?.)

We start a little earlier here…


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Well we do, maybe it’s because we don’t have Thanksgiving but Christmas (and its accompanying planning and present buying) is in already full swing.

Here are some random pics. of our local Christmas fair. The little town I live in can trace its history back over 1,000 years and is recorded in the Doomsday book (William the Conqueror’s catalog of what he got at Hastings in 1066 – for non UK history students.). Of course the present buildings are no where near that old but they are perfect for a backdrop to a Christmas fair.
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Christmas parade to start the evening.

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Exploring the stalls.

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The most “in theme” thing I saw, an old gentleman with his tiny organ grinder collecting for charity next to the Punch and Judy show (not sure what they were doing there but the kids loved it) ricky christmas fair 038

Lastly choosing one of the many food stalls to grab a snack (now which was it that had the mulled wine? mmm… I smell it!)