I am not sure I am the best person to be a house guest. On the whole I am not too badly behaved, but I am slightly accident prone and my balance is non-existent. However I fancied some time away and had a very good excuse. My friends Lynn and Duncan Baldwin of Surrey came down during the summer. Lynn spotted a couple of items of furniture languishing in the stable shed and wanted them.
Perfect excuse to go and stay and drive said furniture up at same time.
Day duly arrived, furniture with much effort was placed into horse trailer and my best mate Carolien and I set off. Trouble was we didn’t get far, one wheel on the trailer jammed – smoke billowing we ground to a halt. After much effort and assistance from my wonderful neighbour Mr Norman Kellaway, the trailer – furniture still inside – was deposited at the garage. There was no way I was missing out on a weekend away so off we went without trailer or furniture.
Upon arrival at the Baldwins – key collected from neighbour – we were told not to let the cats out. Easier said than done while trying to open someone else’s front door, bag in hand and three cats desperate to escape. I only let two out. Lynn came back from work, a bottle was duly opened and no-balance-Astley promptly fell down a small step, lovely crystal wine glass in hand. Glass smashed and red wine everywhere.
Next morning, I somehow left the hand shower attachment on the bath running. Trouble was it sprayed water onto the floor which leaked through the ceiling and onto Duncan’s desk below!
After that the weekend went very smoothly. Pubs visited: Shepherd & Flock in Farnham, Duke of Cumberland in Henley (Surrey, not Thames), The Lickfold Arms at Lickfold and the Noah’s Ark in Lurgashall. Wonderful food cooked by Lynn. Great entertainment by Duncan. Weather not too bad. And I didn’t damage or break anything else.
Photo – the Baldwin’s cats in pole position in front of the fire.