Sunday Sevens – 3rd September

Joining in again this week with Sunday Sevens – started by Nathalie at Threads and Bobbins – sharing seven (or so) pictures of  the week beyond the blog.

After a very soggy few weeks, last weekend finally gave us a glimpse of summer and we had our first BBQ in ages…


Of course it’s always easy to know where Mr Hicks is when you’re barbecuing.


Unusually for the UK, the sunshine coincided with a bank holiday – which is not so good for us living in a tourist area, because the sunshine brings everyone down here and it gets very very busy. On Bank Holiday Monday we had to wait over an hour for lunch at the pub.

Hungry Husband

Most tourists are, of course, very pleasant and thoughtful people, but there are quite a few who make life difficult and dangerous: driving too fast in small villages, stopping in dangerous places when they’re lost, not knowing the width of their cars, parking where they shouldn’t, being unwilling to reverse on thin roads. Here’s one who made me cross when there wasn’t room to park in the village car park, because they had parked over six spaces in our tiny 22 space car park.


As for the locals, the farmers were literally making hay while the sun shone. I lost count of the number of fields I saw with bales of hay in them.


If you read my Sunday Sevens last week, you may recall there was a fair amount of cake. This week I vowed to have a cake free week, so it was a lovely bonus when one of my neighbours brought me some veggies from their garden…


On Thursday I had my first spinning class…


However, if you know anything about spinning, you’ll know the most important thing to do before you start is to have a slice of ginger cake and a cup of tea…


Yes, I was led astray, and again, with chocolate cake, at about 11.30…


On Saturday I popped round to my farmer neighbour and met this magnificent 19th century loom. It originally belonged to Harris Tweed and was waiting to be taken back to it’s original home in Scotland.


Saturday was also a day we’d been very much looking forward to, because it was the day of our lovely next door neighbours’ wedding…


It was a beautiful wedding and a lovely day and, although I may have had a wee bit to drink and eat, I managed to resist the cake!


See, I do have willpower!

Hope you’ve had a great week.

19 thoughts on “Sunday Sevens – 3rd September

  1. You and cake! You make me laugh 😀 While you had a wee show of summer we had a wee return to winter – no bbq down here! But I got a great big huge new tv today – a surprise b’day gift from my lovely daughter and I may never leave the house again 🙂 Sometimes life goes rather well!

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    1. Happy Birthday from me and Mr Hick! What a lovely present. Lucky you and what a lovely daughter 🙂 Is this your first big huge TV or just a replacement? When we got our Huge TV – to replace our 20 year old telly – it was so weird seeing people so big 🙂


      1. I thought my 32″ was a big huge telly when I got it, this one is 49″ and my daughter apologised that it was so small. I mostly use my TV as a computer screen so now I can really see you and Mr Hicks larger than life and I don’t even have my glasses on 🙂 Happy bunny!!

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  2. Well done for resisting the wedding cake. I am currently trying to abstain from cake, pastry, crisps, chocolate , biscuits and bread. Just until the 24th, when we are off on holiday. Not doing to badly but I couldn’t resist sharing a slice of Lime cake with Wil yesterday. Hicks looks a bit like a rug , next to the bbq..:)

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  3. We have not bbq’ed (braai’ed as we say here) just yet, although the weather is playing along nicely. Should be pretty soon I think.
    The veggies and the cake looks absolutely delicious. One could probably go all out and just say it was “well balanced” if you were so inclined.
    Have a great week, and I hope the weather is perfect. Love to Mr. H. xx

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  4. Spinning and cake- the perfect workshop. Tourists are a pain, and volunteering the library I now know a lot are very rude and demanding. The tourist information used to be next door, but was closed by the council so everyone comes to the library instaed and we do have some leaflets. But I am not a waling bus timetable and those leaflets vanish as soon as they appear. Nor do I know every B&B on the moors. I hear that Venice and Amsterdam have had protest marches about too much tourism, not quite at that pitch here!! Why do people become so inconsiderate in other people’s communities?

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    1. It’s awful isn’t it? I think they think we’re some sort of playground to do what they want in and not that we have homes and lives here. Although I hope it is the minority we are talking about – they’re just more visible than the respectful people.

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  5. Tourists are a complete pain when you’re trying to get around your own stamping ground. Mr. Tialys used to call them ‘grockles’ which is strange because he grew up in the Peak District and I believe it’s a west country word. We are quite lucky here because the skiers in the Winter and the sightseers in the Summer mostly give our local town a wide berth as it’s singularly unattractive and there’s not much to stop for apart from the supermarkets.
    When we ourselves were tourists in Catalonia this summer, there were banners protesting about us which was a bit unnerving. When I say ‘us’ I don’t mean me and Mr. T. but tourists in general of course otherwise it would have been even more unnerving and we probably would have come straight home.
    I suppose, unless we all stop going on holidays and weekend breaks, we are all tourists sometimes but, just as with people in general, there are good ones and bad ones.
    That loom is magnificent! How lovely that it will be going ‘back home’.

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    1. Yes grockles, is definitely a west country word. Whilst I was moaning about basic lack of thought and respect, I think at least some of the protests in Spain have been because people can’t rent/buy homes, because there are so many homes being used for the tourist industry and communities are being destroyed by tourism. That is a problem too here in the south west and is being addressed in some towns/villages west by only allowing new builds to be sold to locals. Personally I don’t think that’s enough. We’re lucky in our village that almost everyone lives here and we have a really strong community. It’s not so in may other local places 😦


  6. A huge problem in London of course which has become unrecognisable to me now.
    We lived in a village in West Sussex before we moved here and the newer generation of locals couldn’t afford to buy the houses because it was inside the commuter belt and the houses were very expensive – although the commuters (us included!) did live in the village and take part in the local activities. They did build some ‘low cost’ housing but I don’t know what the long term solution is.

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    1. You’re right, although London isn’t tourists, it’s the same problem. I think in London our government could have gone a long way to help by not allowing foreign investors to scoop up so much property years ago. Too late now though ;-(

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