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Barbados beckons

March 3, 2014

The diet day reprieve came just after the meagre 5:2 diet breakfast. Old chum Barry “Teddy Bear Times” King accepted the invitation to go to lunch, which had been issued by That Nice Lady Decorator when her attention was elsewhere, (probably that Sunday lunch about which she was still chuntering yesterday). She had not realised when suggesting lunch that Monday had been previously designated (by her) to be a diet day. I protested just enough to give me a small chance of not looking too smug (failed), and after a morning finalising the details of our impending trip to Barbados tomorrow, which precluded my attendance at the Sussex Seniors cricket practice, and the various acts of delegation required to ensure my music business empire can function smoothly whilst I am away, we set off to lunch at the George and Dragon at Houghton.

It is amongst my favourite pubs in the area, and a splendid lunch ensued. Scallops wrapped in bacon with black pudding on a bed of leaves was so superior to the offering the day before at JAK at the White Hart, that I wondered why we had not made more use of this wonderful old English pub, with a great log fire and a wonderful view out over the South Downs. Some in the female contingent of my family, do not take to the swirly carpets, but one must look through the occasional fashion lapse and concentrate on the food and wine. I know I did. I must also pay tribute to the starter, prawns in satay sauce, which were magnificent, and these two dishes should serve as some pointers to the chef at The George at Burpham in terms of imagination.

Talking of imagination, I do fondly imagine that one day, That Nice Lady Decorator’s dog, Banjo, will be as well-behaved as this one whom I photographed in a pub recently.

dog sits in chair

A new dimension to the command of “sit”

Shorts and short sleeves shirts have been extracted from deep storage, and are filling up the suitcase, which lays with its gaping mouth open, hungry to hurry us on our way south for some sunshine. OK, that is a bit over the top, but when one has been rained on at some stage almost everyday since Christmas, one can be forgiven for looking forward to a bit of warm sunshine, which I hope is what awaits us in Barbados.

We will be there for 11 days, I, mostly searching for new customers for the wonderful services of Currencies Direct, i.e. working, and in my few brief moments of leisure, watching the three 20:20 international cricket matches between England and the West Indies, and during those rare moments of relaxation trying some of the local Banks beer and Mount Gay Rum. This does seen a rather curious name for some of the finest rum that exists, and one wonders if, with that epithet, it is still as welcome in Putin’s Russia as it was before a Pussy Riot? Or am I confusing issues deliberately?

First however, it is my duty to collect some Monte Christo No 2 cigars that Mr Clipboard has brought back for me from his visit to Cuba last week. The handing over can only take place over lunch, that is the law, so we are venturing to somewhere called The Stag On The River at Eashing to comply with the rules. It would be remiss of me if I did not immediately check out the quality of these very fine smoking comestibles and show my gratitude for his kind gift, for which he is charging me cost price plus 25%.

Chris France

15 Comments leave one →
  1. Rev. Jeff permalink
    March 4, 2014 11:22 am

    Pussy Riot. Great name for a girl band !!

    Pussy with me is just fine.
    Lives? I believe they have nine.
    Would I use the word crudely,
    Lewdly or rudely?
    No way !…. though depends how I’m feline !!

    As a scholar and gent don’t you feel
    He’s a discerning lady’s ideal,
    A poet sublime,
    A bard of his time,
    Howzaaat….yes he makes much ‘appeal’ !!!!

    See what I did there?!! Unfortunately Howzaaat ‘Luscious’ is unavailable but she is most grateful for your kind comment yesterday. Perhaps you could respond in verse ?


    • March 4, 2014 12:01 pm

      Splendid limericks!


    • Helen permalink
      March 4, 2014 1:07 pm

      Splendid, from me too . Rev.


    • howzaaat permalink
      March 4, 2014 3:56 pm

      Thank you for those more than generous words — I don’t know what to say…

      Below is the best I can do at short notice (!) but it really doesn’t do her justice at all :-

      What a smile ! It’s all over her face;
      But she’s taken – I won’t make first base !
      Her smile is ALL feeling;
      Such warmth is appealing…
      So, howzaaat ? – “Luscious” makes my pulse race !


  2. Rev. Jeff permalink
    March 4, 2014 12:21 pm

    Thankee kindly young sir !!


  3. Rev. Jeff permalink
    March 4, 2014 3:02 pm

    And you dear madam. Are you back in the U.k. yet?


    • Helen Blackburn permalink
      March 4, 2014 3:20 pm

      Yay !! Arrived on Monday … Spending most of my time, under the duvet again, at the moment ………


  4. Rev. Jeff permalink
    March 4, 2014 4:33 pm

    Ah you’re ducking down under the duckdown I see. No toy boys in the vicinity I trust……!!


    • Betty Boop permalink
      March 4, 2014 4:53 pm

      REVEREND ! I’m watching you…

      And your opening limerick is a bit close to the knuckle, too… We ladies don’t wish to hear about your proclivities in THAT direction, thank you !

      Smut ! You’re just unbelievably awful !


      • March 4, 2014 5:41 pm

        Totally agree! I think it is a touch of the Dick Emery. Before you get the wrong idea, he was an English comedian whose catch phrase was “you are awful, but I like you”.



  5. Helen permalink
    March 4, 2014 5:40 pm

    Not at this moment in time Rev. Tee hee z-zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz


  6. Rev. Jeff permalink
    March 4, 2014 7:48 pm

    Love it Howzaaat and so will Luscious.

    Remember that’s my sister you’re referring to young Chris !!!

    Sorry again Betty…I just can’t resist.

    Welcome home Helen…..


  7. Helen permalink
    March 5, 2014 12:41 am

    Monte Christo for Chris from Cuba
    despite the high cost , as it were
    the extra per cent
    was money well spent
    Mr. Clipboard you’ll find
    We concur


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