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Life and living in Ulverston, the Lake District Peninsulars and South Cumbria

MONDAY 25th July 2016

Todays thoughts : Nothing but the best is acceptable


It's the

North Lonsdale Agricultural Show






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SUNDAY 24th July.

A bit of a damp and miserable day so I just stayed in for most of the day and caught up with some ironing and general tidying up and sorting some things out. It was nice enough in the afternoon to sit out and read another couple of chapters, this time to the accompaniment of Johnny Walker and Sounds of the Seventies.   Met up a for Cocktails @ 5 with Maggie and Peter,  Paul,  Dave and Sue,  Liz,  Willy , John and Helen,  Belinda and Andy and a nice time was had by all!

SATURDAY 23rd July;

A lovely day.  Plenty sunshine and all is good with the world.  Oh! How I wish that were true!  Had a good morning at work and  whizzed around the town for my weekend shopping.  Plenty folk about and one or two new stalls too.  But still  not quite like "the old days" when all the Market Place and New Market Street were packed full of stalls selling all manner of things.  Sat out on the Poop Deck reading another Jeffrey Archer book whilst listening to Pick of the Pops.  See,  a man Can multi-task!


Another lovely sunny day for everyone to enjoy. There seems to be mayhem on the political front but super news about the £31 BILLION for the Successor submarines at Barrow. It's the Canal Gala  so get yourself down to Canal Foot and enjoy yourselves.  Thee are lots of monks in town as it is the Buddhist Festival at the Manjushri Institute bringing lots of colour and spectacle to Ulverston.  The are coming from all around the world.   I was out for Early Doors and met up with Derek and Brenda Herrman who I have not seen for a good while.  Then joined by Belinda and Andy,  Maggie and Peter and Willy so we had a very pleasant time.

THURSDAY 21st July.

A lovely summer's day and it's Market Day in Ulverston. So it was a perfect day for socialising.  Folk standing around and chatting and  smiling.  That's Ulverston for you.    Had an excellent day  and I went over with Tony to Millom to visit Jock who is having a few days  in St George's Rest Home.  He's doing quite well and he looked fine.  He enjoys his "holidays" over there and the staff are always very nice to him.  I went to the Auction at the Coro. It was packed as usual but a couple of the Lots were withdrawn before the sale and a couple didn't reach their Reserves.    Then the Quiz was a good one  but  fewer teams this week,  I think due to the lovely weather with folk sitting out in the pleasant evening air.  The Rollover was NOT WON so It will be around £90 next week.  I saw the notice  about the Holker Festival being discontinued after 24 successful years, so that will disappoint a good few folk.

WEDNESDAY 20th July.

Torrential rain, thunder and lightening!  Fantastic stuff!  It really did pour down and the streets were swimming.    Terrific.  And then afterwards the sun came out blazing hot again.  That's English Summer for you?   Had a good day at work.  Took another run out to Lowick to the cottage and the scenery was lovely.  I decided to sample one of Roy's Delicious Ices at Bardsea front and met up with some old friends walking their lovely dog.  Had my tea on the Poop Deck and then out  to meet up with Pete,  Peter,  Jim and Derek in The Sun ( not many out at all ) and then finished up at the Avanti Capitola  where Wendy boasted to me that she had raised some MORE money for the Sponsored Stocks which takes her total to over £1000.  Wow!

TUESDAY 19th July.

A beautifully sunny day with clear blue skies.  Wonderful!    I had an early job to deal with ( successful) and finished around 11.  I made myself a nice picnic and as I had decided to take the rest of the day off as the weather was so lovely and the forecast for my usual day off ( Wednesday was Severe Rain ).  I got all togged up and went up to High Dam and spent a good few hours enjoying the splendid view of the beautiful High Dam.  There were a few other folk there too and a couple of rubber dinghies.  I am privileged to live in a spectacular part of the country.  What a lucky boy I am! 

The Lake District weather as it really happens .. !


MONDAY 25th July 2016., 8.30am

Racing tips from Ralph Spours

Straight from the horses mouth :

Date :SATURDAY 23rd July 2016

Racing Selections;   NONE for today. 


ASCOT;  2.10.  Dybai Hero.    2.45.  Fair Eva.     3.20.  Von Blucher.    3.55.    Heaven's Guest (e/w).  4.30.  HIGHLAND REEL.    5.00.  Robero.  5.35.  Opposition.

2 Winners from 7 selections.  Could do better!

Have a good day!

Remember, when the fun stops, STOP!

Good Luck!

Good Luck and be Cautious!  Enjoy racing!

Remember what I have always said.  It is all just for a bit of fun. 




Remember that if you win, that the Bookie is just LENDING you the dosh!  HE WILL GET IT BACK!

Remember to only bet what you can afford to lose, as its all just for a bit of fun.  The Bookies win in the end!  

If you win,  it is only ON LOAN to you from the bookies.  THEY WILL GET IT BACK!

Have you ever wondered how bookies  have wives dripping in gold jewellery, manage to live in classy houses and drive flashy cars?  Just think about it for a moment or two.  You will soon figure it out!

Good Luck!