16 May 2010

awash


It was the Mile End dog show today.  I love the dog show.   It's all that is good about  a community event with all the local thoroughbreds, mongrels, waifs and strays.  Unfortunately I didn't have time to see the dogs because we were selling tea and cakes, had to set up a new gazebo without any instructions, were bathed in fluffy seed-heads from the white poplars behind us that stuck to our cakes and made us cough, and had problems with the generator that meant we were without hot water for a while.  We persevered, serving up our rock cakes and lemon cherry buns, banana loaves and ginger cubes, white chocolate cookies and marshmallow squares, butterscotch layer and lemon ricotta cakes, until we were washed out by a colossal downpour.  Now the bunting is drying on the washing line, our soggy bags are airing off on the dryer and I'm resting contentedly on the sofa with a glass of beer.


In case you are interested, the dog with the best smile was won by a King Charles spaniel  who apparently looked delighted when he stepped up to get his prize.  I so wish I'd seen that.

3 comments:

Rattling On said...

Poplars are a big problem in Moscow. Thousands were planted by Stalin to tart up the place, but they planted the wrong sex and so all the pooxh (which is a term in Russian that loosely means any kind of fluff) gathers in drifts. It's collected together and then they set fire to it at the sides of the road! They're busy trying to redress the balance by replanting. There is a big problem with allergy to the fluff over there, though fortunately none of us was affected.

60 Going On 16 said...

There is nothing like a dog show. A rather shambolic one is always one of the highlights of our annual village fete and it's usually hijacked by renegade terriers or lurchers that have spotted something in the adjoining field. The other highlight is, of course, the cake stall, although it's not quite as adventurous as yours. The local cake bakers prefer to stay within their comfort zone of Victoria sponge, fruit cake and the occasional coffee and walnut. Someone was very daring last year and produced a lemon drizzle cake . . .

Gerald (Hyde DP) said...

Sounds like a typical English do with rain spoling things but everyone battling on. I'd have loved to see the smiling spaniel too.