Saturday, 28 November 2015
After a refreshing and very long sleep I awoke bleary eyed too late to rush in early to help prepare the day at the museum. So I slowly trudged down the road shivering in the cold air and took my place as far from the hard work as possible. The tables were laid out as several local peoples were displaying their wares. This table was run by a couple who deal in fossils and such like. Very interesting but sadly too few people arrived today. This table had a tin full of very old sharks teeth the kids were encouraged to fiddle with, they like it!
This young lady ran a stall on behalf of 'Guide dogs for the Blind.' She was escorted by two dogs, one retired from duty and a four month old Labrador who is undergoing training. Both were popular!
The dogs were happy enough and keen on attention, a bit like the lassies I meet here!
The weather meant the town was quieter than normal today and with several other events on their way elsewhere it hit our numbers but enough came to keep us busy. Several groups who support local Gardens or Wildlife efforts were in attendance and there were four talks by people on John Ray the naturalist who led the world in understanding plants. he lived just outside town in Black Notley and The John Ray Society were also there to talk about his life. I never met him as he lived in the 1600s and I was not here then.
I need not explain that muggins was the one who spent much time washing cups after this lot left!
I will have 'washday hands' soon. Some very nice and enthusiastic people were there with a lot of knowledge of their subject. Hopefully a similar event will occur but preferably in the Spring which would be better for all. Now we just have the run up to Christmas, oops no we don't, there is an event tomorrow as the town switches its Christmas lights on and we and most others will be open and offering something or other.
With all this festive jollity, happy faces, laughter and pleasantness I can assure you I will be at home looking out my 'Bah Humbug' hat!