Saturday, 9 January 2010


....was the simple message I got from Robert after telling you all that I didn't take any pictures of the change that we made to the table layout......cheeky so & so!

Anyway, attached to the message, short and sweet though it was were these two images. The first shows how we moved the tables forward at one end creating a sloping arrangement to try to keep the visitors away from all the ash that the charcoal was making.....which seemed to do the trick

moved tables

The second shows Dave trying to get some feeling back into his toes during a quick tea break....thank heavens for central heating eh?

Dave risks chilblains

As for this last one, this is one I took.....shows you what happens when you take 2 tired interpreters, then add a long cold day, a bottle of booze and a box of chocolates with clear wrappers....

Oh dear God!! me, there is no "why" to this picture, just don't ask OK!!

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Another One Bites The Dust.

Well, in case you hadn't guessed by now, that's another Christmas event done and dusted.....and to be honest there's a big part of me that says 'thank God that's over!'

Why? Simply because it was too long at too low temperatures....yes we can take breaks, yes we keep warm by drinking tea in our office at regular intervals, but after a while it really drags working in temperatures in single figures.....having to warm up after processing the cold meat, having to warm up after rubbing butter in, having to warm up.....well you get the idea. On top of that, the cold seeps into you and I swear that it slows the brain down, thinking gets harder and answering the demanding level of questions that we are now accustomed to can really push your faculties to the limit....or was it just slow old me?

On reflection we should have changed the format of the days, not eaten a meal sitting in the cold but changed the display into something else, but that's always the thing with hindsight....20/20 eh! Still, all our visitors seemed to go away happy and apart from a few tetchy spats after hours, I think we got away with it fairly apologies to the team for my short temper towards the end of the week....I'd simply had enough and struggled to get to the last day....sorry.

I never did get to take the picture of the revised layout for you....sorry, in fact I hardly took any, still got to take the few I did take off of the camera, if there are any worth showing you all I will, but don't hold your breath folks.

I believe Robert has been asking Marc H and Robin for some stuff for his next posting and he has been working feverishly on comparing recipes from different books and manuscripts so I expect to see something from him soon.

I'm still waiting for details of the coming years events so nothing to tell about the future yet, as soon as I know I'll pop some dates and details up for all to see.