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!
It was all hands to the wheel on Wednesday when a dozen of us gowned up in bright blue overalls and rubber gloves to take a spot of car mechanicals in the Kwikfit Garage in Melton. Fuelled with big fat cream cakes and hot drinks from the dispenser (free!) we set about learning the art of changing a tyre, checking for wear on the treads … Continue reading Kwikfit hoot
Written by Joanne… Well, ten intrepid trainee pie makers gathered at The Old Pork Pie Shoppe (where were the rest of you?) Pork Pie Meister Andy, was there to greet us and persuade us into baking attire. Reluctance to shed our red hats was cleverly overcome by being given a stylish RED hairnet ! Hands washed,smiles fixed, we gathered round a long table where the ingredients … Continue reading Pork Pie Making