Friday, 31 July 2009


Friday night at the end of the Goddess gathering and the annual bonfire to celebrate IMBLOCK one of the old pagan days. It's great fun and they gather in the field at the bottom of the garden. There is a large bonfire which they dance around, then sing songs around, Very Glastonbury.

I like all this its good for the town and our shops. We are in the middle now of all the different groups who come here.

The garden is looking very clean and tidy. C, as I have said does not like it but the visitors will, I hope. Must raise lot's of dosh for the kids. Next week is Extravaganza in the Abbey with Status Quo on Saturday and the LPO and classics on Sunday. After four years in the chair and not seeing friends we have asked our close friends for supper, we can hear every thing very clearly from the garden and see the fireworks to. But we kick off next week end with the Conservation Society and friends drinks part on Friday night so lets hope for good weather.

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Worked with a young Reggie today (every one in his family seems to be called Reggie) in setting up two web sites. the first one is for my charity the second one is to update I have to hand it to these little wonder kittens they just seem to go to it. I take ages working out how and where. The end results will soon be there for all to see.

Well its finial stages in getting the garden to look like something out of Wolverhampton Parks Dept. C hates it and wants it all rough and tumble. If you are going to visit us on Sunday remember PARK IN THE TOWN and get the free shuttle bus from the Town Hall car park.

Nick is doing the Teas and very good they are. I am hoping he has the chocolate cake, Shelagh has a plant stall, she has been potting for months. There are lots to see and if the sun shines I hope lots of dosh for the charity. Finn has cut the lawn nice and tight, C had the hebby jebbies that it was to short, but it greened up. Me I went down the garden and picked plumbs, they are called CZAR, for me and the sister to put down in Brandy for Christmas. There were loads there so left some for the birds, badgers and squirrels. I am a little old softy really.

I have been somewhat under the weather over the last few days, never eat rolls filled with a chicken mixture unless you make them yourself. I was not well going and returning from Plymouth and have been rough ever since. lost no weight though

Saturday, 25 July 2009

Goodbye Harry

Goodbye Harry those of us who knew you will wish you well on the journey you have now taken. The nightmares have gone and only the sweet sound of the Nightingale is heard.

Friday, 24 July 2009


Just back from the home of wonder kitten Tom Daley, that boy's achievements will add some £10M to the economy of that city, but fear not we have some Tom Daley's rising up through Team Somerset's 500 Club elite athletes. How can I make a statement like that , well when Hull was promoted to the Premier Football division, a leading London stock broker who specialises in forecasting made that statement and the media mention Plymouth every time they mention Tom Daley. Now you know why I want to win Gold in SW in Bloom it will add all of 3/6d to our economy but £1M to the feel good factor.

Why you ask was I there? well it was for the launch of the Blue Mile their new healthy get fit scheme. It was good and no expense seemed to be spared to ensure the 50 odd very unfit worthies were well looked after. There were some super fit bronzed types there and very good they looked to but well now I am a Snr citizen I look back and think if only. I do find it strange that all these sports set ups have their fair share of dare I say fatties like me.

Plymouth is very much a tottie town for both persuasion. well it has a Uni. so what more can you say. although the great unrequited love of my life is off to S'hampton, ah well there are holidays so I shall get my fill of lusting.

I tried to take a photo of the start of the Blue mile but made a pigs ear of it so you will have to put up with this one of me. I got caught out on a full moon again

Thursday, 23 July 2009

Well I promise you it was sheer luck but as the Judges from Mendip in Bloom arrived so did the sun. We walked round the town and visited the many courtyards which look fantastic. we also walked down Dygon Allie ( The Gauntlet ), I expected to see Mrs Weesley popping out of shop followed by Ron or Harry with Hermonie close behind. Glastonbury does look good and it's a testimony to every one young and old that the flowers are as good as they are.

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

The Big freeze descended on County Hall. Freeze Freeze Freeze. I can only guess that the rhetoric is good but can the action be obtained.

PACT meeting tonight . Very good lots of sensible comments. People complain about Glastonbury but it has a very LOW crime rate. They should live in lets say Croydon. They might see things in a different light.

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

We went a judging. Town one it rained. Town two it rained. Glastonbury it was dry. Town three it rained. now I don't control the weather it was just shere luck that Glastonbury was dry. I took Christine back to her home town and it rained but by the time I got back to Glastonbury it was dry for all of 30mins. then it rained. where does it all come from. Finn fed the lawn yesterday so the rain was welcome, but come on there is a limit. we saw lots of nice gardens, pubs, Town halls, ect. ect. now we have to await the other judges results and all will be reveled in September.

Well its the second full council of the new regime tomorrow. I am interested to see how we go.

Monday, 20 July 2009

Well the woman came to take pictures of the garden (open august 2nd 2-6pm) she had this bloody big camera I have one that cost £36.50 reduced price from Argos. She used a tripod. I hold mine. She used a clicker thing. I use my finger. Her pictures will look fantastic. Mine will look Crap. Ah well.
The weather cleared up long enough for Finn to cut the grass and Shelagh to do what ever it is she does, C also was busy in the garden, I holding a large scotch before lunch told them all how well they were all doing, then went in and read the newspaper.
Only two weeks before we open, I do enjoy it but it is such hard work. All that directing can be very tiring.
Off to judge gardens tomorrow (Tuesday) with my friend Christine we have done this before and its great fun.

Sunday, 19 July 2009

I do like ceremony's It's the Queenie bit in me I think. yesterday I went to the Ceremonial Robing of my good friend at Chard Town Hall when she was invested with the trappings of office. Here in Glastonbury it's all part of the Town Council meeting. I think these things need a bit of pomp, there not much else in being made up. When I became chairman of the County Council it was a quick vote, sign the paper put the Chain round the neck and on to next business. people like pomp and ceremony.

There is a woman coming to day to take photos of the garden. well I hope the sun comes out. it's raining again at the moment (Sunday morning) I put the heating back on as C is feeling the cold and we even lit the fire the other day. July blazing sun where?

Thursday, 16 July 2009

Is nothing sacred these day's. Ok so I am a little wizzard on a skate board but to tell the whole world. (the part of being a wizard is in my dreams)

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Today the judges came from SW in Bloom. I saw them earlier in Wells with the Wells in Bloom crew all in their jumpers. It rained while they were in Wells but the sun came out by the time they arrived in Glastonbury. Well after the tour meeting lots of our crowd then a cup of tea, nice words, they went off and we now have until September in Yeovil to find out how we have done. Next week we get the Mendip in Bloom judges and I have the other towns to do, then our own competition. I took them to meet Andrew and Carol who made up all our baskets at Sweet Acre Nursery.
Tonight was Town Council they were quite kind for a change and I did not get beaten up by them. Glastonbury is a funny place to live and I have lived in other places but I really like it here.

Sunday, 12 July 2009

Sunday evening. I have at last finished the folder for the judges from SW in Bloom who arrive Tuesday afternoon. Each year I ponder on how to fill it and each year I fail, ah well its better than last year.

Whats with this weather, one moment its blazing sunshine the next it's stair rods. I hope we don't have weather like this on the 2nd of August. if you do come please remember there is NO parking at the house but a FREE shuttle bus from the Town Hall car park.

Monday awaits and a new week.

Thursday, 9 July 2009

It was one of those mornings when for some strange reason to go to the Mendip in Bloom meeting I started off by going vis the Tor instead of the main road . The view of dramatic clouds over the levels and Will Martin on the CD made it very special the other CD I play a lot at the moment is Josh Grofman ( might not be the way you spell it).

The meeting was good and after I went and had a look at the preparations for the Extreme Sports weekend at the B&W. the Relentless drinks arena is next to the office. Well if you are into lithe young men with saggy jeans or shorts , smooth tops well defined, it was entering the land of fantasy time. I say no more.

Back home to weeding and helping out in the garden. reality.

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

I have just had the results of our Team that went to Blackpool Four Gold, Four Silver and a Bronze fantastic.

Well it's stopped raining for a while but lets not knock the rain, the garden needed it , the lawn looks much better even if Finn had to mow it in three lots. The bed's in the town welcomed the watering as did the baskets so all in all not bad. we open the garden in just under four weeks time for Team Somerset 500 Club so hope for good weather . Nick is going to do the teas and Shelagh has been potting plants up for her stall.

Sunday, 5 July 2009

Sunday the 5th. busy getting the garden up to scratch as we open for the 500 Club on August 2nd. Finn our young gardener has finished the grass so Shelagh will be pleased and I have weeded two beds, kept up with the watering all in all a good day. Tomorrow it's the first meeting of the new lot at county hall. We will be there to see how they get on

Friday, 3 July 2009

Busy morning. I joined SE and NP to see off to Blackpool part of a group of athletics who have a disability of some kind. This is the first year we have been able to send so many ( 16 ) I am very pleased that Team Somerset 500 Club was able to find the bulk of the money to get them there. later i went back to Millfield to present medals to the other disabled kids, real tear jerker time. People complain about Millfield and rich kids, it's the money those "rich kids" pay that enables Millfield to give over their facilities for others such as today's lot. So it's a big thank you Millfield.

Well it rained last night and the temp went higher. I am not complaining , trouble is we are not use to this.

The garden crew are getting busy, we open for the 500 Club at the begining of August and C is getting nervious but then again he always does when we open the garden.

The Town looks good and Nick is watering like fury to keep all the baskets alive.

Thursday, 2 July 2009

It seems hotter today. went to County Hall , every one likes the new hair style I tell them it's the Charles Bronsdon look. (who ever he is). We have been promised rain but I don't think it will get this far north of Somerset. ah well it back to the hose.

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

This leads to the Abbots retreat a hot spot but with wonderful views
Its HOT and the garden may look nice but it's to hot, so I am here in the cool sending this
Hi this is the first page of my BLOG. WOW the boy has entered the world of blogging now we we really find out what goes on in the labyrinth corridors of Coombe House and County Hall.

With the hot weather still showing no signs of ending and with more time on my hands now I am no longer Chair of the council I have realised its time to get this blog up and running. It may be of interest, it may not. The grammar will be atrocious but alas I was never taught English at school as long as you could read write and 1+1=2 that was good enough.