Jon Crispin's Notebook

Back in England


My friend John Wilson picked me up at Heathrow on Monday morning.  After a jammed up drive to Stratford upon Avon on the M40, we made it in time for the dog’s evening walk.  Here he is with Violet, and Sid and Lilly.  Sid is a pup and Lilly wears a muzzle because twice now she has eaten small plastic balls that had to be removed surgically.


The next morning we all went for a nice long walk on the Welcombe Hills.


The obelisk off in the distance is very cool.


These sheep were very interested in the dogs, but the dogs couldn’t be bothered.


Here are Flora and Violet heading back to the car.


And Sid taking a bit of a break while he kept an eye out for squirrels.


Today was another warmish day so we drove to Broadway in the Cotswolds for another chance to walk the dogs.


I first met John when I was living in Berlin in the 1980s and we have been fast friends ever since.   I have actually had this Barbour jacket (which he originally bought in Berlin) for the last 20 or so years.  He needed it back for his dog walks so it is now his again.  I hope to have it back someday.


Here is Sid patiently waiting for a treat.


I have always had a soft spot for Morgan cars.  This one is sitting in front of one of the Broadway hotels, and it took my breath away when I saw it.


After our walk we ended up here for a lovely lunch.  We have come to the Snowshill Arms many times, and it always makes me so happy.


While John was sorting out the dogs and Flora was getting Violet organized, I went in to see about a table.  John said “Four people and two dogs”.  Sid and Lilly were under the table the whole meal.  Here is Siddy giving me a nuzzle.  What a sweet boy.

3 County Fair / Outer Stylie

Posted in county fairs, farm animals, ferris wheels, Music, piglets, pigs, psychedelic bands by joncrispin on 08/09/2015

I went over to Northampton yesterday to catch the end of the 3 County Fair.  My friend Tom Schack’s band Outer Stylie were playing, which was my main reason for going.

Here’s Tom lookin’ good. He is the nicest guy in the world.

I haven’t been to a county fair in a very long time and it was fun to walk around.  This looks like the second place okra winner.

Here’s Henry, a massive Yorkshire Boar.

What a stud!

It is very likely that Henry is responsible for these little guys.

It was very hot and muggy and the ride operators seemed eager to shut things down.  This was the final ride on the Ferris Wheel.  Not quite the London Eye, but still pretty cool.

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