Helen visited for a few days, coincident with Roger’s birthday and hers. Low key celebrations, but we did ride the GWR railway for the first time since the line extension opened to Broadway, which offers passengers a ride of almost three hours: Toddington – Broadway – Toddington – Winchcombe – Cheltenham Racecourse – Winchcombe – Toddington, with brief stops at the newly restored Hailes Abbey Halt, and at Gotherington Halt.
The Bank Holiday weekend was. as always, busy for Teresa as she prepared for the Winchcombe country show. Following her success in recent years, she scaled down her efforts somewhat this time, but, as Juliet also enters some of the classes nowadays, the kitchen was taken over for the week in preparation for the baking and preserves classes, while the front room became a workshop and studio for the family’s craft and photographic entries.
On Bank Holiday Monday, we delivered our entries very early, and Teresa and Juliet returned later in the day to see the events and displays. They were pleased to find they won places in most of the classes they entered, including the photography classes (well done, Jay). In baking, Teresa came home with First Prize and a cup for her plate of English tea items. Most surprisingly of all, as we entered the class only at the last moment, we won First Prize for our potatoes, just about the only four we could muster, having eaten all the rest.
Roger’s injured leg started to improve, but he avoided strenuous exercise (and bowls!), pending guidance from an appointment with the physiotherapist.