Gin Distillery Visit with Tasting. Our November Hoot seemed to be in an unlikely place – a small farm in the depths of Charnwood Forest. It has to be said, it was quite a challenge to find in the dark (one car load of Red Hatters was ten minutes and another an hour late!). However once inside Bawdon Lodge Farm, we were ushered into a … Continue reading Gin Distillery
Two groups of us booked in with Robin at the recently opening Rutland Cookery School on the Ashwell Prison site on consecutive evenings to learn how to make pasta. I went to both, but the first just to welcome, greet and observe. The second to cook. Apart from a slight hitch at the beginning involving a bit of trouble following instructions to find the venue, … Continue reading Rutland Cookery School
On Sunday 9th July, 26 Red Hatters and friends were picked up bright(?) and early by a cheerful coach driver. The journey down was slow and traffic-jammed, but by midday we arrived and negotiated the walk over the stepped bridge and into Hampton Court Grounds. Some of us looked at the formal gardens round the Palace, before entering a large and bewildering showground packed with … Continue reading Hampton Court Flower Show
A residential weekend away at the wonderful Willersley Castle in Cromford, Matlock. After a big brekkie a dozen of us walked a few miles down Millers Dale and the stunning Chee Dale to burn off some calories before leaving unch at The Anchor in Tideswell. There was a certain amount of clambering and bum shuffling to get along the path, but come on – Miss Cellaneous is … Continue reading Willersley weekend
See that sunshine? Yay! Here we are half way round a sunny summer evening wander round the pretty lanes near Langham, then off the The Wheatsheaf for a spot of supper. Lovely! Here we are posing for a photo. Ros in the middle, is riding her hobbyhorse… Continue reading Summer evening walk and more…
We are in debted to the multi-talented Mo Marchesa di Morcott, otherwise known locally as Mo Holley, for this excellent poem about, and for the Queen of the Not-Stuck-in-a-Rut-land Red Hatters…. A very Happy Easter to Hatters everywhere! Oh Tessa, Queen, Once more we say What a simply SPLENDID day! (Well, evening actually, but who’ll complain? Just put it down to ageing brain!) Five years … Continue reading Mo’s Ode to Queen Tess of the p’Urplefrills
Five Years! Unbelievable… and we don’t look a day older! We celebrated last night in Morcott village hall, midst a sea of balloons and bunting, wine and music. I did have to tazzle about the lanes of Rutland looking for our musician, who got seriously lost and ended up outside the Wheatsheaf in Edith Weston, on the verge of tears. However, he was duly rescued and … Continue reading 5th Birthday Party!