Herefordshire Week 236: Tuesday 2 – Monday 8 July 2024

Bacton to Hay Recce. General Election Labour Landslide. Rain.

Labour Wins General Election
Labour Wins General Election

An energetic day on Tuesday: PT at the gym followed by the recce for my next GVWC walk. Left Bacton 10.20am, arrived in Hay 4.30pm give or take a few mins.

GVWC Recce Route Map: Bacton to Hay on Wye
GVWC Recce Route Map: Bacton to Hay on Wye

10.20 Bacton [Start]
11.10 St Margarets
12.30 Peterchurch
15.30 Stile onto Cusop Hill (End of road section)
16.30 Hay on Wye [End]

24 km / 15 miles / 570m ascent

Tired legs / hips but covering that distance in just over 6 hours was very satisfying. I spent the last mile or so deliberating the merits of bitter shandy and crisps vs tea and cake. Tea and cake won …..

Bacton to Hay on Wye: Tea and cake at Hay Castle Cafe
Bacton to Hay on Wye: Tea and cake at Hay Castle Cafe

At dusk, FIVE bunnies on the lawn.

Wet Wednesday. Gym in the morning, catch ups with SW and JC in the middle of the day, computer admin the rest of the time. The late afternoon sun brought rabbits to the lawn by the big pond and the Marmalade Bruiser visiting cat in the front lawn meadow.

Marmalade Bruiser in the meadow
Marmalade Bruiser in the meadow

Thursday was a sunny and breezy day for the General Election. My day featured gym, admin and Abergavenny for a delicious lunch at The Gaff, enjoying our Christmas Gift Voucher.

Montage: Lunch at The Gaff, Abergavenny
Montage: Lunch at The Gaff, Abergavenny

Stayed up for the Exit Poll, then got a few hours kip before the “General Election Results Incoming!” alarm went off at 3.30am on Friday morning…. and turned on the telly just in time to see the Clacton (and Walton) result. Urgh.

Urgh
Urgh

After first breakfast (tea and toast, 4am) and second breakfast (coffee and croissant, 7.30am) it was off to the gym as usual then back to potter before succumbing to the lure of the sofa and an afternoon of Bridgerton and Geek Girl, then the (disappointing) Brats documentary with dinner.

Awake early on Saturday, heavy rain outdoors. A snooze in the conservatory listening to post election (UK) and pre election (US) podcasts. Not the weather for bunnies, and I saw a fox lope across the lawn last night too. Did some Paris prep – handily checked the AirBnB booking and discovered we needed to register with the police as part of the pre-Olympic security measures. I have a horrible feeling our minibreak is going to suffer due to all the Olympic prep. We’ll see. Read in the conservatory and finally decided Nepal with Val / Mingmi is a no go this year. A bit of a relief to have got to that decision and to have told Val.

The last of the General Election results trickled in.

2024 General Election - Final Results Map
2024 General Election – Final Results Map

Sunshine and showers on Sunday. Breakfast in the conservatory. Pottered. Had a final sit outside with P in the sun before driving to Abergavenny to wave him off to Essex. Back home for a late lunch, a snooze in the conservatory and then reading outside on the sunny patio, ignoring the fact it was perfect weather for mowing…..

Did the mowing on Monday morning, the sun sort of drying the dew on the lush grass. Sunny enough to have breakfast on the patio. A rare event this summer. Just enough time – and petrol – for a ride on mower mow, and eye contact with a buzzard below the big pond, before driving over to Ross on Wye for an excellent pub lunch with CN at The White Lion. Back home, succumbing to a snooze on the conservatory sofa.

Mowing done
Mowing done

Garden is lush and green, but – until Sunday / Monday – too wet to mow and too rainy to get out to do much cutting back. Sigh.

Our bedroom looks out over Grey Valley, and in the autumn / winter / spring, after a lot of rain, a stream sometimes rises in the lower fields. It usually only lasts a few days. This “year” it’s been there for months. And it’s still there.

Grey Valley waterlogged
Grey Valley waterlogged

TV: Rebus (series 1), BBC Election 2024, Disco: Soundtrack of a Revolution, Bridgerton (season 3, part 2), Geek Girl (season 1), Brats (“Andrew McCarthy turns 1980s Brat Pack nostalgia into an angst-ridden ego trip.” The Daily Telegraph review nails it), Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, The Turkish Detective (series 1. Enjoyable, but why change Mehmet Suleyman’s back story so dramatically??).

Podcasts: Gone Mediaeval, The Today Podcast, Americast, When It Hits the Fan, History Extra , The Rest is Entertainment, In Our Time (The Orkneyinga Saga taking me back to happy studies at St Andrews for an hour).


Photos: Herefordshire week 236 on Flickr.