Wednesday, 31 July 2013

So you have a flat tyre on your wheelbarrow so what do you do?

 
 
You improvise adapt and overcome!

This weekend I will mainly be

Running a scurry in the field behind John Bradshaws mini game fair, bring along your dogs, prizes for serious gun dogs as well as family pets.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Yorkshire (now you know why they like themselves so much)

Subject: When God Created Yorkshire

God was missing for six days. Eventually, Michael, the archangel, found him, resting on the seventh day.

He inquired, "Where have you been?"
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God smiled deeply and proudly pointed downwards through the clouds, "Look, Michael. Look what I've made."

Archangel Michael looked puzzled, and said, "What is it?"

"It's a planet," replied God, and I've put life on it.

I'm going to call it Earth and it's going to be a place to test Balance."

"Balance?" inquired Michael, "I'm still confused."

God explained, pointing to different parts of Earth.

"For example, northern Europe will be a place of great opportunity and wealth, while southern Europe is going to be poor.

Over here I've placed a continent of white people, and over there is a continent of black people. Balance in all things."

God continued pointing to different countries.

"This one will be extremely hot, while this one will be very cold and covered in ice."

The Archangel , impressed by God's work, then pointed to a land area and said, "What's that one?"

"That's Yorkshire , the most glorious place on earth. There are beautiful mountains, rivers and streams, lakes, forests, hills, and plains. The people from Yorkshire are going to be handsome, modest, intelligent, and humorous, and they are going to travel the world. They will be extremely sociable, hardworking, high achieving, carriers of peace, and producers of good things"

Michael gasped in wonder and admiration, but then asked, "But what about balance, God? You said there would be balance."

God smiled, "Right next to Yorkshire is Lancashire .. Wait till you see the idiots I put there!"

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Of Ragley Hall, hot weather and the CLA

Now I am not naive enough to believe that for one moment the CLA gives two hoots about the traders who spend many thousands of pounds for some sheep shit ridden hard as concrete pitch in a farmers field, nor am I naive enough to think that unlike the French who protest in style they would take any notice of the traders who spent £150 to hire the CLA preferred electronic card machines for the weekend only to find that the network fell over on Friday morning resulting in hundreds of thousands of lost sales.
I suspect that they don't care about £29 tickets putting off punters, £2.50 ice creams, £2 bottles of water and £8 burgers all at the shergar burger end of the spectrum making folk decide that perhaps it wasn't worth coming again.
Yes folks the annual red cords weekend out that is known as the CLA game fair rolled into Ragley Hall near Evesham and promptly exposed the CLA as greedy money grabbing gits and the punters as tight arsed Brummies. I'll give you the fact that the welsh pikeys also made an appearance fortunately we looked too expensive for them but none the less the weekend was pretty grim. If traders keep price cutting to that extent then they will cease to exist.
The silly price cutting is something we just don't engage in and yet our sales for the weekend were on par with every other trader, about a third less than Blenheim. Lets hope that next year is better.



The stand took us about 5 hours to build over 2 days, it was too hot to erect and too hot to work in!
Friday morning was ridiculously hot for Warwickshire and the crowds stayed firmly away!
We did get a brief chance to see the big house whilst searching for the non existant water supply!
Yes he is wearing tweed in 30 degree heat, mad dogs and Englishmen



Saturday dawned cooler but this was taken at 7 am, the same place at 1300 on the friday would have seen the same amount of people, sad really. Ragley wont be on our list in a hurry.
Saturdays crowd appeared more interesting but still not a patch on Blenheim.


At least legs were on display
 
 
 
Returning home in this heat means at least the 7x57 can have another and hopefully final coat of paint baked onto it in this heat!

Saturday, 13 July 2013

I know its been a while

I have been busy and I mean really busy, I spent the last 2 years mainly working part time at game keeping and gun dealing with some day job thrown in. I rather enjoyed it although the lack of funds wasn't much fun so it was with regret that I had to go back to a full time job working as a contractor. I suppose I am lucky to have had those 2 years in which to have the freedom to work when I wanted but sadly it was mainly the poxy London Olympics which put a dent in my day job plans. I wonder how many others were inconvenienced by wanker Coes sports day?
Anyway I have kept my hand in, been shooting a fair bit, joined a syndicate as a member and taken on teaching deer stalking to the game keeper. I have also renewed my dealers license and been busy buying in second hand Spanish Boxlocks to sell on. Occasionally the odd gem turns up and I also managed to bag another 7x57 by Parker Hale. A little external TLC and its ready for the Hill. I will zero it this weekend time permitting and it should be a good little rifle for the Scottish week in October.
 I luckily bagged an ex demo Swarovski 6x42 for this, it will be a keeper scope, if the rifle doesn't cut the mustard accuracy wise I will keep it and rebarrel it for a pet project.
 Kristoffs restoration of the stock really seems to have paid off, it looks really nice, another coat of paint for the barrel and a few coats of \BLO for the stock.
 On return from the Kent County Show today we noticed how warm it was in the garden!
 The trip home via Steve's House revealed a Barnes TSX with a case from his 9.3 x 63. A nice round, bullet and rifle. The bullet was recovered from his back stop and the case is for my sporting collection. I like Steve!
Today again at Detling we were privileged to witness both a Spitfire and Hurricane, truly great aircraft with great engine sounds. I couldn't get the phone out in time for the Hurricane sadly.
video
Now I have just started 9 days leave and I am looking forward to packing the trailer for a week at Ragley hall in preparation for and taking part in the CLA Game Fair! Looking forward to seeing you there, do pop in and put the kettle on. I don't think I will have much time as the Tea Lady will be cracking the whip!

Monday, 8 July 2013

funny?

My wife walked in on an argument between me and our Son.



When he ran out of the room crying, I turned to the wife and said, "I wish I'd used a condom now."



Horrified, she said, "What? You wish our son had never been born?"



"No," I replied. "I've got his girlfriend pregnant."

I know, I know, I will start posting again soon!