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Summer is icumen in! : : The Awesome Hen

Summer is icumen in!

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Summer is icumen in!

 

 

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Sumer is Icumen in,

Loudly sing, cuckoo!

Grows the seed and blows the mead,

And springs the wood anew;

Sing, cuckoo!

A Summer Bank Holiday Barbecue!

The Ox and Moose decided to lay on a beautiful summery Barbecue to enable Castle Coopians celebrate  the summer-is-a-coming-in May Bank Holiday. Hurrah! This is what living in a tiny English village is all about! What could be a more convivial way of passing a bank holiday afternoon than chatting with one’s friends and neighbours in the local pub’s garden?  Pimms in hand, children and dogs running happily about, delicious scents wafting over from the steaks on the barbecue and the lilac blossom on the trees – what a great recipe for a relaxing village get-together.

 

Ingredients for the Ox and Moose Village Barbecue:

  • A freshly mown beautiful green sward for us all to stand about on and chat together … Tick.
  • Tables dotted about the green sward for families to sit at with parasols to give a shade/sun option…. Tick.
  • A Bouncy Castle for the little children to jump about on….Tick.
  • The Castle Coop Village Barbecue laden with sausages & burgers ready to waft out the requisite delicious summery smells on summery breezes…Tick.
  • Countless jugs of wonderful summery Pimms to accompany the scrummy barbecue….Tick.
  • The traditional convivial atmosphere of a British village party held outdoors in the sunshine…. Tick.

Hurrah!

except…oh dear.. Where on earth was the beautiful summery sunshiny afternoon?.bbq3.jpg.jpg

 Revised ingredients for the Ox and Moose Village Barbecue:

  • Wellington boots as the Ox and Moose’s beautiful green sward was awash….Tick.
  • Umbrellas  rather than parasols….Tick.
  • A Dripping Bouncy Castle…Tick.
  • The Castle Coop Village Barbecue hidden under loads of umbrellas to protect all the sausages and burgers from the driving rain…. Tick.
  • Countless cups of hot tea to protect against the chill factor…. Tick.
  • The traditional convivial atmosphere of a British village party held outdoors in the rain…. TICK!

 

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&…….. a very good time was had by all!

 

Summer is Icumen in (revised for our Great British Weather)

Sumer is Icumen in,

Loudly shiver, Brr Brr!

Pours the rain and blows the breeze,

And come our brollies out anew;

Put on your wellies, Squelch, Squelch!

 

The appalling weather blip going on in Castle Coop at the moment  means once again, I am wrapped up in my michelin-man look-alike outfit in a bid to stay warm. I hope you are warmer than I am…

Yours, feeling as if it’s November inside and out,

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6 Comments

  1. Thank goodness Sir Plym hasn’t insisted on the Aga being turned off yet……BUT….1st June approaches…..

    • I’ve moved into my aga – just putting up some curtains now xxx

  2. I am a little disappointed that you didn’t feature in your illustration the Agent firmly behind the grill watching his array of meats being prepared to perfection, entirely immune to the vagaries of the weather. Perhaps next time

    I should also mention that Billy, who I was talking to recently, is concerned at the lack of reports on your bicycling regime. He feels that perhaps you are not taking this seriously enough – particularly as your current weather seems ideal for proper preparation. A full update would be welcomed.

    • Perhaps I’ll add a picture of the Agent on BBQ duty – he was there! Please reassure Billy that I’m taking my biking regime v. seriously. Aiming to do a new route this weekend which will keep me on schedule although I’m still very slow.

  3. hope the Pimms didn’t get too diluted by the rain. I love the brollies Jo x

    • We only know how to make very strong Pimms in Castle Coop!xx

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