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Some Observations of Country Life

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Weddings Wine And River Beds

Just a couple of weeks ago a local girl married a local lad and held a bar-b-que reception in the grounds of the Church. It was a fine day and the reception was well attended, this included a few people who, although know to both families, were not officially invited but still found their way to the event to take advantage of an all day bar. One such person soon found themselves a little worse for wear and in need of relief so they staggered off towards the Wallop Brook to solve their little pr

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What Happened To 100 F In August ?

Daily Express "August to be hotter than July 27/07/06 Britain's record-breaking heatwave is set to sizzle on with forecasters predicting an August of “extreme heat”. The blistering sunshine could see temperatures soar past 101F (38.5C) – the hottest day recorded so far in Britain. Experts said August is likely to eclipse July, which is already on course to be the hottest month since records began 350 years ago." That was just one of the many reports in the media around this time, so what happene

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The Wallop Streaker

I really enjoy a night at my local even when it's a bit quiet like last night. At the end of the night a real gem of a story came out. Apparently, on Wednesday night during the thunderstorms which affected our area, a resident of Over Wallop decided to run around the local streets completely stark naked while shouting about God. Peace was restored after the police arrived with an ambulance to take him away.

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Wine Lakes, Morris Dancers And Flower Shows

It's that time of year again. Lots of little things going on all over the place. The diary is packed with bar-b-ques, birthday parties and annual village events. A week ago Wednesday Winchester Morris Dancers were at the White Hart, the perfect excuss for a mid-week pint and a chance to catch up with a few locals not seen for a while. Last weekend the annual horticutural society flower show, tables of the usual selections of cut flowers, fruit and veg as can bee seen at similar events across the

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Goodwood Festival Of Speed

A scorching hot day, fast cars and famous people. What a great day out. This was my first visit to the Goodwood Festival of Speed and I would recommend a visit to any petrolhead. Make sure you arrive early, about the time the gates open, to avoid the worst of the traffic. We only covered about half of the event, choosing to spend the morning watching a high speed parade of classic racing cars through to the latest Formula 1's ripping their way up the hill climb course. The sounds colours and t

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Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

Took the day off on Thursday to visit the Hampton Court Palace flower show. It was our first ever visit to the show. The journey was wet most of the way up the M3 traffic was busy and after queuing from the A3 slip to get into Esher and on to Hampton we were starting to feel just a little like we had picked the wrong day, but by the time we parked up the rain had stopped and by lunchtime the sun was pearing through the clouds. The day ended hot and humid. The show itself was a little overwhelmin

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Lows And Highs

We seem to spend most of our recent weekends travelling back and forth to Somerset. On Saturday morning we were at Olympia in London, fairly hot and stuffy up there especially on the balcony under the glass roof. We left London mid-afternoon and travelled on down to Somerset, after a quick stop at home, to join my family for another Birthday and to watch England depart from the World Cup - at this point a low decended over the birthday party and everthing just fizzled out. After a stop-over, we

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Middle Wallop Factory Explosion

A long grey wet day was abruptly interupted just before 3.30pm this afternoon. I was stood waiting in a short queue at the local post office when the loudest bang I have ever heard shook the building and lifted the firbe-board tiles to the false ceiling. The few of us in the village shop (same place as the post office) looked around at each other puzzled as to the cause of the explosive noise so I went outside where I could see a large mushroom plume of smoke rising above the fields in the dire

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In Hot Water Or Rather Not

Last Sunday was supposed to be an early start but the alarm never went off, power cut. A closer investigation showed the trip switch had cut off the electric and a failed emersion heater element was the cause. Now we have been waiting some five months for our plumber (I'll be out next week) to come and fit a new emersion tank as the old one was leaking around a small split near where the element fits in, so as I am sure you can already guess, the wife was less than impressed. I calmed her down a

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1966 And All That...

Another trip to Somerset again this weekend, this time for Father's Day. Another Al Fresco meal dispite the chilly breeze and lack of sun...what is it with us Brits, it's Summer, so even though the weathers not suitable, we are going to sit outside and eat! Brings back memories of people sat eating ice cream in shelters on Bournemouth promanade during a force 10 gale just because they are at the beach... Conversation came and went throughout the afternoon with nothing constructive said when out

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Balloon !

They never cease to fascinate, drifting silenty across a cloudless sky with just the occassional roar of the burners as the pilot, powerless to control direction, just controls the height of his multi-coloured marvel of the skies. It's not often a balloon wanders over our village, especially with the army airfield just up the road but tonight we were treated to the sight of a balloon glowing orange as the gas burned bright against a cloudless, dusk laden sky drifting directly over the roof of o

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Golfing Weather

Wednesday, A day off, the storms and rain had passed, disappointingly we just had the rain, but the day off was a chance for a game of golf with a friend in Swindon at the Broome Manor course. The day started grey but the BBC forecast predicted a clearance from the west and the possibility of some sunshine - shorts for golf perhaps? A few minutes outside and I soon changed my mind, too cold for shorts but a t-shirt would be ok. The drive to Swindon took an agonising hour, a horse box, several mo

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Of Mice And Mistakes

It's a fact of country life that when you live in an older house you will encounter mice. This usually happens as the winter draws in and the cold damp air drives them inside. However there is always an exception to the norm and that was last night. Both happily sat watching TV when we were disturbed by a noise under the kitchen sink. Closer investigation revealed a young mouse trapped inside our undersink bin, jumping for all his worth he was just unable to clear the top edge and escape. Feelin

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Nothing To Report, Oh, Except A Fire Engine

After a day on Hampshire storm watch, nothing to report. A real shame, the day started well, it had already been raining when I got out of bed at 8am (some of us do sleep-in in the Country) so with a bit of thundery cloud about I really felt there was every chance of a storm at some point in the day. A mid-afternoon trip to the dentist for the first stage of a crown fitting did nothing to improve the day especially as it was stinkingly hot in the small surgery room even though two fans were goin

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Long Weekend

It's been a long busy and hot weekend. Saturday's main event was a trip across the road to the village pub to see the football, but ended up being a chance to catch up on the local gossip from all the people in the village I hadn't seen for a while. Sank a few beers in the local before retiring to my Brother in Law's for a bar-b-que and a few more beers - the evening weather was ideal for this warm and sunny with a nice breeze. Woke early Sunday to a bright hot morning but it soon started to clo

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