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    32 Days Later.....
    A Blog of the 1st Day of of the Month Evening Paddle, a Day Earlier!....



    With many thanks to Fran!

    With a tree 'en root'...

    With other planned trips available, such as Bren's Hallowscreen meeting, and after promising Fran that I would be there for this years Fireworks at Windsor.....(Blog yet to follow!)
    I had to bite the bullet.....& make a quick decision!

    "So here I go again own my own, going down the only road that I've ever known, like a drifter, I was born to be alone"....cue now the music!



    Just me, No.18 & Oswald Owl....on our annual Pilgrimage....that's all!



    We didn't get too far before we got Facebooked!
    Explaining very much to those on the towpath, that we were not alone on this endeavour, and that there were others very much on their way....honest, so no need to panic, yet!
    Approaching Limbo Bridge....a time now to panic!



    A Bridge Not Too Far....
    Not too far from the Elephant & Castle!



    Can you see it, or is just me once again?

    Fran and I had planned to paddle off together on this particular mission, but unfortunately Fran had some last minute family details to attend to....which lead to her arriving an hour later than the advance party....



    But with no lesser impact than expected though!


    Explaining to me how to 'trolley in style'..with counter weights naturally, such as a flagon of Rebellion IPA from a renowned brewery in Marlow!

    She soon settled in, as she does!



    Fransville. Ariz...

    Time now for some Teamwork!



    Fran 'fires up' the Brimstone...


    Whilst I slaughter the onions!

    The first of the guests arrive....



    Nick & Grahams boats get parked...(Just love that clinker-built!)

    Time now to switch-on the illuminations!



    Whoooah!



    Let's just hope now that the batteries last...



    Whilst there's still (artistic) work yet to be done!



    With No.18 now overseeing the quality control....



    Prepare now to be happy!


    Salute, proste! (Where's Angie?)

    There she is, back from the shadows...



    A Bonarmbj Brunswick Stew with an 8hr Smoked Beef Brisket & Chestnuts..just served! (Note how the only guy with a head torch here (Nick) is the only reluctant one to get stuck in! )

    Maybe he was anticipating what was yet to come...

    Pears in Red Wine & Brandy?


    Or just Pears poached in a few bottles of Mulled Wine that I found under the kitchen sink, as one does!
    End of Part One.....
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    Not too sure what happened with the pics and text layout in pics nio.1, 4 & 5....Mods, can you help me here!?
    Keep yer paddles wet, and powder dry....

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    Great memories of a top night out, even if I was a late arrival, and late leaver! Paddlin' home on my own, in the dark and rain, with a skeleton mask on and only an evil pumpkin for company was pretty surreal! And fun...

    Thanks once again for some fab grub mate!


    (As for the photos, just try inserting an extra "return" after each misbehaving chunk of text or image, should separate them out a bit more)
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    Part Two....'The Batten down yer hatches' bit!

    After dinner a few guests had to scoot, and thereby luckily missing the incoming drizzly rain that soon followed...

    Whilst the rest of us, back at 'Camp Smug', huddled under the makeshift tarp!

    Once again discussing the worlds woes, and providing campfire solutions on how to overcome them, as we normally do.... on such occasions...

    As the conversations and night went on.....


    The candles grew shorter......

    ...and the Punch finally dried up! - Time then for bed!

    By morning my head was almost clear, and all lingering bodies and possible evidence to the evening before had been almost cleared away!

    The morning view from my scratcher - I survived the night!

    My immediate neighbours didn't fare so well...

    Well, that was judging by the grunts and groans emanating from that direction! (Though Graham was up early that morning and bouncing around as I very much struggled to crack open my eyelids!)

    By the crack of midday, once my eyelids were fully functional.. we were ready to go!

    Taking only photographs and leaving nothing but footprints.....if that!

    Sorry about this...but there's now going to have to a Part Three, as Flickr's now playing up!

    Back soon....
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    Let's go!

    Having left nothing but footprints, if that even....it was time now for...

    Skulling back up the canal!

    As the cry went out once more....

    "Follow the Fran!"

    "Once more back into the breach my friends!".....and Tea & Medals, back at the Put-In OK!

    As No. 18, Oswald Owl & I approached Limbo Bridge, some kind of magic occurred...

    The world somehow tilted so far to the right, just enough for us to get under that bridge without the usual, anything above and over the gunwhales, you'll have to hump it all over, pain in the Rrr's sketch!

    Was it Magical or Mystical?....

    Chances are that it was something to do with Fran, and an EA key!

    Fran paddled ahead....
    Mystical, Magical or just Mischievous?

    Or maybe just a fine balance of all three, I suspect!

    Paddling back home now through the Autumn porridge...

    With stories now to tell...


    If ever anyone will ever believe us!

    Until We All Meet Again....

    Happy Halloween...... 32 Days Later!

    ....and it ain't over until the washing up's done!

    Will the person who skillfully sculpted this apple pls. now make their presence known.....as you're now hired for Halloween 2019!

    Blog now done....stand down!
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    " Here I go again, I ain't wasting no more time!"

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    Mark,

    A few things...

    Diane Todd was the lady who took the photo for facebook. Sorry i forgot to give you this bit of detaill


    What is the story behind No 18? ... i can hear him say "I am not a number, i am a free man!"


    "Can you see it" pic of the castle - is see an elephant!


    "Slaugter the onions" - impressive chopper, are they rust spots i can see?? They can be easily removed with a bit of electrolysis.


    Lovely blog - well worth the wait. thanks for posting.

    Maj

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    Excellent way to celebrate the Dia de Los Meurtos! Nicely done.

    One question, though... we make Brunswick Stew with squirrels (4 per adult...). Is the recipe the same there, or is that just a rebellious colonial thing??

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    Quote Originally Posted by sk8r View Post
    One question, though... we make Brunswick Stew with squirrels (4 per adult...). Is the recipe the same there, or is that just a rebellious colonial thing??
    Ha! I used to eat quite a fair few squiglies when I used to do pest control on a large country estate. Satay, sweat and sour, or just plain BBQ. Very yummy but you do need a few. You can buy them here for about 8.00 each, skinned and dressed ready for dinner. !!!!!!!!

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    Another great blogg but then we’ve come to expect nothing less from you
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigyellowtractor View Post
    You can buy them here for about 8.00 each, skinned and dressed ready for dinner. !!!!!!!!
    Seriously??? So a cleaned squirrel costs over $13.00 (CDN) ??? It's illegal to sell wild game here unless you're a licensed trader, but, at those prices I could easily make $250.00 on an average weekend in my woods, just sitting in one place... Good Lord.....

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    Its illegal to sell wild squirrels here too. I remember a pub being prosecuted recently. Always seemed like a strange rule for something classes as both vermin and an invasive species.
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    Great story, thanks for sharing
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    Quote Originally Posted by sk8r View Post
    Seriously??? So a cleaned squirrel costs over $13.00 (CDN) ??? It's illegal to sell wild game here unless you're a licensed trader, but, at those prices I could easily make $250.00 on an average weekend in my woods, just sitting in one place... Good Lord.....
    Its the UK, don't expect it to make sense...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mal Grey View Post
    Its the UK, don't expect it to make sense...

    As in... "Forget it Jake... it's Chinatown..." ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by sk8r View Post
    Seriously??? So a cleaned squirrel costs over $13.00 (CDN) ???
    If people are daft enough to pay it then someone will supply, eh ?

    (and just to put that into perspective a lot of people in the UK work bloody hard to get way less than that for an hourly wage)

    Sorry for the thread hi-jack Mark !! :-)

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    40 days later....a reply! (It's been a tough week! )

    Chainy: Many. many thanks!

    Mal:
    Glad you enjoyed the grub fella. Presently now working on Bigos, or Polish Hunter's Stew as it's otherwise known...as it looks just perfect for a winter canoe meet!

    Maj:
    "Rust spots on my chopper?!
    ... Or indeed, any other weapons of personal choice! " - Now that's a Court-Martial Offence as far as I'm concerned, with an obligatory cigarette & blindfold being handed to me, just before dawn the next morning! - Please now tell the judges that that hatchet was made out of plastic! - It was a Halloween prop!

    If I survive the firing squad at dawn, then I'll have chance to tell you the story of No.18, and if I don't, then please give my best regards to Dianne Todd .....she'll understand!

    sk8r: " Dia de Los Muertos!" - You noted the sugar skull... your observation skills are still very much well on the mark! As for the 'attempted' Brunswick Stew, the original intentions were to include both wild rabbit & squirrel, to give it a more authentic feel, but the final ingredients alluded me that day. I therefore had to deal with the hand that I had....and live with the consequences!
    Would have loved to have had the chance to cook this the day before , to let the flavours further develope as tradition dictates....But, sometimes you just have to go with the flow!
    (No paddle-pun intended! )

    All featured recipes above will now be included in my up and coming book: "Rebellious Cooking - Colonial Style!" (Signed copies will be available! )
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