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Euromillions; A Win!

Posted by on Oct 25, 2014 in Castle Coop Life | 2 comments

Euromillions; A Win!

Euromillions; A Win!






Last night the National Lottery tweeted this:

RT if you’d like to see this little notification pop up in your account tomorrow morning!

£150,000,000! Life Changing!

You may imagine I was ‘#believing‘ like mad.


and then just now I found this in my inbox!


A Message and Alert:

The National Lottery
Dear Liberty Hen
We’ve got some news about your ticket from the draw on Friday 24 Oct 2014.Please sign in to your account as soon as you can for more information.Congratulations and thank you for playing.National Lottery Customer Care Team


Congratulations? I’ve never  whizzed over to my account so fast.

Then I found this:

You’ve won on EuroMillions!

Sat 25 Oct 2014

On my goodness…


 I Had A Win! HURRAH!

Having prudently surrounded myself with brown paper bags to help with the hyperventilation, I then read this (in small type):

Congratulations! You’ve won £2.90 on EuroMillions. There were lots of exclamation marks and congratulatory wishes.

For £2.90? Hmmm…

Yours sitting in the middle of a lot of redundant brown paper bags,

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The Castle Coop Campaign Trail!

Posted by on Oct 24, 2014 in Castle Coop Life | 2 comments

The Castle Coop Campaign Trail!

The Castle Coop Campaign Trail:



There has been frantic last-minute campaigning for tomorrow’s Castle Coop Barbecue Smoke-Off!



In the Blue Corner:




Sir Burford Brown & Sir Plym on their soapbox outside the Village Hall.


In the Red Corner:


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The Agent and the Chairman of the Village Hall setting up their sandwich board outside The Ox and Moose.


It’s extremely exciting!

Yours hoping like mad that rain doesn’t stop play tomorrow,

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The Castle Coop Barbecue Smoke-Off!

Posted by on Oct 23, 2014 in Castle Coop Life | 4 comments

The Castle Coop Barbecue Smoke-Off!


The Castle Coop Barbecue Smoke-Off!

On Saturday, Castle Coop will be a hive of activity.  All the villagers were asked weeks ago by Sir Plym to save the date for the Autumn Clear- Up and Barbecue


Lord and Lady Eftie Nudge were to have waved the flag to start the Clear-Up officially at 10.30am but unfortunately they have taken the Bentley on a vintage car rally in Bavaria and so won’t be able to attend.


Ld & Lady Nudge in Bavaria

Everyone else has promised to bring their rakes, strimmers and wheelbarrows; by Saturday lunchtime all the old summer growth which is making the village look so messy, will be cut back and tidied and the churchyard, the verges and the hedgerows should be in immaculate order ready for the winter… Hurrah!

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No-one is really thinking about the Clear-Up however because immediately after it, inspired by the Great British Bake-Off , we’re going to hold our own exciting cooking contest: The Castle Coop Barbecue Smoke-Off ! 

Although we won’t have  Mary Berry to preside over it or the G.B.B.O’s sumptuous marquee, we will have contestants and a prize!

The Blue and the Red Corners:

Sir Burford Brown & Sir Plym will be barbecuing in the Blue (Gas) corner and the Chairman of the Village Hall & the Agent will be barbecuing in the Red (Charcoal) corner.

Ever since an Ox and Moose Friday night session back in September when Sir Burford Brown (who only moved into Castle Coop during the summer) dared to lecture the Agent and the Chairman of the Village Hall about the superior qualities of a quick, clean, gas barbecue over its ‘messy & slow’ – what??? charcoal counterpart,  there have been two rival camps in Castle Coop. Both the pro-gas and the pro-charcoal factions have been tireless in their campaigns to canvass support for their cause.

The C.C.B.S.O. Trophy:

Everyone involved in the Autumn Clear-Up will be asked to test out sausages and burgers cooked by both the Reds & the Blues in carefully monitored conditions.  A democratic vote will decide which barbecue method we all think produces the most delicious results and Trev the Rev will then present the victors with  a magnificent Castle Coop Barbecue Smoke-Off Trophy.

N.B. Strong views as to gas v. charcoal barbecues expressed by the readership of TAH will be read out by Trev the Rev on Saturday.


 The magnificent trophy which Lady Egality has just bought online:

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Yours getting ready for an epic smoke- off,

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One Lovely Blog Award

Posted by on Oct 22, 2014 in Castle Coop Life | 4 comments

One Lovely Blog Award

One Lovely Blog Award!






What a thrill!
Dear, kind, lovely Emma Gray  has passed on  a One Lovely Blog Award to all of us here at The Awesome Hen Editorial Office!
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Emma is a Tory staffer at Westminster and a novelist and we met online via Twitter (@emsie1979) when she tweeted a link to her blog, .
She’d written a fabulous post about a friend who was about to Pedal2Paris too in aid of the Royal British Legion!
Thank you Emma so much for such a kind thought.
 LLH Over the Moon PLAIN
One requirement of the One Lovely Blog Award is to share 7 things about us all.
One Lovely Blog Award Rules

 Item 1

Almost everybody at The Awesome Hen plays Botticelli except for the Agent who refuses to do so.  I am  fanatical about it and will play at the drop of a hat. It is a game of skill with lots of tension thrown in  -unless you play with Lady Sebright or Brown Owl.
For those of you who don’t play Botticelli, I warmly urge you to study the rules immediately and become a new convert.

 My sister (another aficionada) & I discovered by chance that if you choose Dr. Crippen as your famous Botticelli person, you invariably win the game. I don’t know why this is so but it’s a pretty sure thing. N.B. if you choose Florence Nightingale, Lady Gaga or Nelson Mandela, you’ll lose. Every time.
 Florence Nightingale








The best place for playing Botticelli is anywhere one’s opponents are completely captive. A carefully chosen location ensures  no-one can just drift away claiming that there’s a spot of vacuum cleaning that just has to be done. A stationary chair-lift stuck on its way up to the top of the ski slope fits the bill perfectly.

Chair-lift Botticelli

The absolute instant my opponent tells me the letter their famous person’s name begins with, every single famous person I’ve ever heard of flies out of my head. Even on ‘C’ names, when Churchill or Eric Clapton ought to be fairly obvious. IMO this gives the game the required element of exciting panic which is necessary for the game’s  A* ranking as I have to bluff like mad until I can think of someone to ask about.

Item 2.

Lady Sebright was a ballet dancer in her youth. Whenever she chooses a famous person, Lady Egality and I have to put ourselves through hoops trying not to guess the answer too soon as we pretty well know in advance  it will be either Margot Fonteyn, Nureyev, Anna Pavlova or Darcy Bussell.


Item 3.

The Chairman of the Village Hall  prefers WW1 British generals to ballet dancers. If you should ever find yourself playing Botticelli with him, you may be sure he’s thinking of General Kitchener if chooses a ‘K’. I once told him my famous person began with an ‘H’ and he was absolutely incredulous when he found out that I was thinking of Thomas Hardy and not Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig. If the C. of the V.H. feels on a roll, there a good chance he may throw a French or American general into the mix just to keep us on our toes.

Item 4.

Right now, Colonel Pyncheon is anxiously waiting for the first frost so that he can nip out and pick a bucketful of frosted sloes with which to begin making this autumn’s ‘Sloe Glow’. Hurrah! We all depend on him like mad to do this for…it is a truth universally acknowledged in Castle Coop that if one has  a hip flask full of sloe glow to hand when playing Botticelli, it improves the chances of dreaming up devious indirect questions enormously.

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Item 5.

Wikipedia states in black and white (& bits of red) that ” The game takes its name from the famous person having to be at least as famous as Sandro Botticelli, who is also the answer to the archetypal question, “Did you paint a picture of Venus rising?”, referring to his painting The Birth of Venus.”

In Brown Owl’s opinion, this is ‘ just Wikipedia being silly Gloria dear, and  it’s extremely sheepish of you to want to fall in with this vulgar modern obsession with celebrity status’.  As she always insists we all choose someone who lives in Castle Coop, the selection field is narrowed somewhat and Botticelli games played with Brown Owl are very short indeed.

Item 6.

The Agent refuses point-blank to play Botticelli with me which is a source of sorrow. Our views about Botticelli are not compatible.


Item 7.

If any reader would care to play online Botticelli with me, I should be thrilled! I’ve thought of someone already whose name begins with M or perhaps you’d like to start? Please let me know immediately if you’d like to play!


The most important & best requirement of  the award is to highlight those whose Blogs I admire and enjoy.

I should like to pass on the One Lovely Blog Award

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to each of these fab Bloggers below.  All  have given me heaps of pleasure reading their blogs as well as much valued support to all of us in Castle Coop. I urge you to click over to the websites of these lovely bloggers if you haven’t discovered them for yourselves already!


British Detectives (@BritDectives) British Detectives

Jo Sandelson (@josandelson) Heirraising

KateVowles (@KateVowles) The Globetrotting Guitarist

Lisa Jarmin (@LisaJarmin) How to be a Domestic Disgrace

Mrs Nige (@Mrsnige) Thinking of You and Me:




 Yours  longing for someone to offer to play #Botticelli  (@ladylibertyhen)  – no selections to be based on Castle Coop villagers, WW1 generals or ballet dancers please,

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