29 June 2013 (Saturday) - Shadoxhurst Dog Show and Fete
Another good night's sleep, even if I was up with the lark. After a quick fix of BattleStar Galactica Steve and Sarah arrived and we popped round to the Foundry for a spot of brekkie. You really can't go wrong with a fry up.
And so to Shadoxhurst. The astro club had been asked to put on a stall to entertain the punters again, and we did. After an initial bit of to-ing and fro-ing with a rather officious twit in a hi-Vis jacket we were soon organised and ready for the punters. We had an array of scopes set up (including the solar scope), hand-outs and magazines on display, and we spent much of the day chatting with the normal people about things astronomical.
In between entertaining the masses we soaked up the ambiance. there were cake stalls and tat stalls. I bought a book from one of them - "How to Hypnotise a Chicken". There was a pet supplies stall who gave me some free samples and can deliver food to the door at half the price I at which get the stuff from Pets at Home. There was a home made ice cream stall. There was a beer tent. there was even a ditch in which you could tiddle - the event was let down by the lavatorial facilities.
"Daddies Little Angel TM" and the Rear Admiral and Sid came to visit our stall, and helped us out for a bit. In between astronomisng we watched the dog-related run. There was an entertaining five minutes in the agility event when a dog got stuck in the tunnel and a small child had to be sent in to retrieve said pup. There were also several CrackWatch opportunities in the tug'o'war; if only I'd been quicker with the camera. And we even had a visit from a llama. I took one or two photos of the day and have put them on-line.
Home, and we took "Furry Face TM" for a walk round the park. He seemed to like it. After the walk and after tea I tried him on some of the free sample of dog food I'd got earlier in the day. He absolutely loved it. I'll see how he gets on with the rest of the stuff. I may well be going over to that stuff on a permanent basis.
And with er indoors TM" off out for the evening I settled down in front of the telly for a DVD-o-thon. Sometimes you can't beat a good slob-about.