A much cooler morning after the rainfall. So everything is nicely freshened up. But the forecasters are suggesting high pressure is on it's way as so the glorious sunshine will return shortly! I had a good day on Monday adn was pleased to see the lovely new bow window being fitted into Tracy Wells shop in Upper brook Street. It looks extremely nice. Had a trip across to Foxfield in the afternoon. What a nice place that is. United Utilities have announced that a Hosepipe Ban will come into force in early August as the lovely dry weather has caused the reservoirs to very low levels. I had a lovely Madras Curry at Clare and Martin's. Scrummy. Then nhome to watch anotehr episode of University Challenge. I live in great admiration for those on that show. How clever they are.
It's been raining overnight! Wow! So no need to water the plants today? It was Festival Time in Ulverston over the weekend and the weatehr was excellent. Clog Dancers, Morris Dancers, Bands, Vintage Cars and Motorbikes, Stalls, Vintage Tea Rooms, Vintage Cycle Races you name it, it was here! The Festivals gather a good crowd into this lovely little town of ours. Of course there was the tennis to watch too and to admire. The strength of those players is quite extraordinary. And nail-biting to watch. Fantastic stuff. I watched the Mens Final of course together with the rest of the world and even cancelled C@5! A lovely weekend.
Saturday 14th July
The rain poured down on Ulverston on Friday! Belted down and freshened up everything "the gardens needed it". Afterwards the sun did come out and a pleasant afternoon followed. I met up with a big group of friends at Baycliff adn got Geoffs Lyxury Coach down to Roa Island where we attempted to board the ferry. As the tide was "out" boarding the boat was an achievement and we had to scramble on board. It's many years since I've been to Piel Island. Getting off the ferry was quite a feat too. We were greeted by "King" Stephen on landing. Wouldn't that be great to have on your passport? Guaranteed to be moved up into First Class I should think. After some liquid refreshment we all enjoyed a thick stak complete with chips, onion rings , tomato and mushrooms. Scrummy. By the time we left the tide had come "in" and so getting onto and off, the ferry was considerably easier. Just as we had enjoyed a couple of drinks. What a super night with super friends.
CARNIVAL9th Jul 2018 - 9th Jul 2018
MONDAY 9th July.
What a weekend in Ulverston! Carnival AND England in the World Cup!
The weather was perfect for the Carnival and the Sponsored Stocks got underway yet again at 11 in front of the Farmers ( Courtesy of Mr and Mrs Chattaway). A great crowd, excited kids, fabulous volunteers and we raised £3076.60 in 30 minutes!!! I, as always, got the Water Barrel over me when I was the traditional "Last Man In". The Kids had super Soakers and Sponges and it was their big chance to soak adults without being told off. Back to the Office then to prepare for the Carnival itself. Our float was "NHS Foreever!" Our team included, Bruce, Derek, Val, Dave and Helen Abbott, John and Helen Stanton, Maggie and Peter Helm, Paul Helm, Willy One-eye, Helen Gardner and me! The Truck was very kindly supplied by JOHN MILLER of ULVERSTON TYRES and was driven by MATTY MILLER. Thank you! All the effort was very much worth it as we WON "The Most Humerous". We WON the "Best in Parade". And believe it or not, I WON the "Best Individual"! The Parade was great and a true credit to the magnificent Carnival Committee who work so tirelessly. Directly afterwards there was Fairground and Live Music on Ford Park and, of course, The Football so the streets were pretty much deserted as many had moved into the pubs where the match was being screened. I was out with everyone , finishing, eventually at the British Raj for a lovely curry. A great finish to a great day!