No, this isn’t a blog on Donald Trump or my state of mind when I thought there would be a Marmite shortage. This is about a little Voodoo Street Indian summer hiatus whilst awaiting the arrival of some new products.
Well aware that October often heralds the start of the English monsoon season, we’ve been making the most of the sunshine and taking to the great outdoors. The surreal sunsets we all experienced a couple of weeks back kicked it off. Like the rest of the central region, we shared our sunset photos on social media, naively believing that we were the only folks to have captured these fiery skies, which seemed to indicate the imminent arrival of alien visitors. You be the judge. Here are a couple of ours.
|The Aliens Are Coming!|
Not bad eh? Until you see this one (below) captured by a certain Mr Salt of Penkridge, allegedly taken at the back of the local tip.
|Penkridge Recycling Centre?|
Real or fake? All we know is that the housing market has spiked in that area in recent weeks!
To avoid switching on the SAD lamp, (big f*!k off lamp which simulates sunlight and wards off the blues associated with seasonal adjustment), we’ve been hotfooting it around the place as much as possible, seeking out pockets of wilderness on our doorstep.
Yesterday, I decided to throw on a Voodoo Street extended tee to show that girls can wear them too and to give our eyes a rest from screen use, we took off for a walk in one of our favourite places.
Only 10 minutes by car takes us to this country estate at Enville, which is occupied by the family of the former Earls of Stamford. The family name was Grey, best known through Lady Jane Grey, who was Queen of England for just 10 days in 1553, before being beheaded by Mary Tudor. There’s a right of way in front of Enville Hall, which leads up onto the hills.
|Enville Hall Estate|
|Enville Hall's Cricket Pavillion|
|Enville Hall Lake|
Once on the top, the views are incredible and aside from the occasional passing car, you will not hear a man made sound.
That tree has seen better days.
Pretty sure this isn’t a fashion statement, but can anyone shed any light on why this sheep is wearing a harness? He did seem to have quite a punk attitude we noticed, aggressively nibbling at other sheep, so maybe he was influenced by Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren's style from the SEX Boutique days after all. Or maybe I'm overthinking this.
|Sheep Fashion Icon|
|Punk Chic Sheep|
There are other forms of wildlife of course and I encountered a couple at a family member’s 80th birthday party last weekend…and no, I’m not referring to Gaz.
A conversation with a retired farmer and his wife from Herefordshire, was pretty genteel until talk turned to their farming days. They told me that they can still see their old farmland from their new bungalow, but that the new owner has planted trees on the land and is no longer using it for farming. Apparently it’s his intention to grow a forest to leave for future generations. As honourable as this is, I asked how he was making a living from it. The answer was not quite what I expected.
“Well, he made a lot of money from magazines,” said Jean.
She could have left it at that, but instead, chose to add, in audible-to-everyone tones and with a raised eyebrow: “PORN mags!” I had resigned myself to discussions about The Great British Bake Off, turning 80 and the weather we’ve been having, so this took the wind out of my sails!
Finally, in an unusual twist, the octogenarian in question, Jimbo, cut his cake with a ceremonial sword! Wild thing!
We also headed to the Shropshire hills and paid our monthly pilgrimage to the Church Stretton Antiques Market. I know, I know, this evokes twee images of pottery, mirrors and watercolours, but the Church Stretton Antiques Market does a good line in the bizarre and macabre, which appeals to our dark sense of humour.
For example, mounted Emu feet. Sorry, but I just can’t take this image to the grave alone. You have to share in it.
|£85.00 - Anyone....?|
There is also plenty of taxidermy gone wrong, but I’ll spare you from this.
Anyone know which animal this skull may have belonged to?
Here are some pretty cool and of-the-moment teapots. I was tempted, but the eye watering prices put paid to that!
Finally, we came across this creepy ancient lift – straight out of a Hitchcock film – named after us. The view down the lift shaft almost gave me vertigo!
From wildlife to wild rides, Gaz has been drawn to this rat style sit up and beg Ford Pop with its original engine but with a Heath Robinson turbo set up. It's been ruled out of the running now, but looks amazing doesn't it?
Next up, I will be boring you all about Halloween amongst other things. In the meantime, stay safe and don’t talk to clowns!