The summer of 11


The summer is now racing on and we have not been posting as much as we would have wanted. We have been round the shows, The Great Yorkshire Show, The CLA Game Fair, and the big one this weekend.

The Great Yorkshire show was as usual Great, it combines both work and play for us. The day job with Angels Events, Harrogate (Facebook) (Twitter) involves us working with Welcome to Yorkshire in the  production of their stand, see some of the pics attached. It is far more than just a stand, the 3 days are back to back entertainment, demonstrations, talks and good fun, based on the work Welcome to Yorkshire does in the region and it also provides a portal for local business to project their wares. This year was a huge success in difficult times. I personally thought the show was busy this year which was good to see.

by Angels Events Ltd, Harrogate by Angels Events Ltd, Harrogate   

The CLA was huge!!! Blenheim Palace did it proud, it truly is an awesome place.

However, Ripley this weekend.. We have entered our “Thelwell” with our 2 daughters (aged 2 and 4) in the fancy dress section of the competition.

The build up has been immense in many ways! Firstly we don’t have a horse-box,  or a car which has a tow bar that we can all travel in so we have hired a horse-box from Thirsk, and further to frankly a disgraceful quote from our local LR main dealer set about obtaining genuine parts from elsewhere on the internet and had a private auto electrician from Masham install them. This saved us £400 on the tow bar!!!

Secondly, neither Barney or the children are “show ready” by any means! However  we have been very fortunate in that we have a secret weapon in Amy who has spent hours practising with the children ( my 4 yr old now does a rising trot!) , shampooing and grooming Barney. This leaves me only to pick up the poo! ( i am now wanting a poo picker if anyone can help!)

My wife has embraced the whole new shopping experience and we have multiple sets of tack and clothing for the little ones!

Anyway the weekend is looming and everyone is very excited. Our friends at Big Day Film Company who are professional documentary filmmakers and who produce amazing wedding DVDs (website) have offered to film the event. So goodness knows what is going happen when the film crew and pantechnican descends upon Ripley this weekend!!

There was me thinking this was a bit of fun!

The cottage has been full back to back. We have enjoyed some great guests and a big shout out to the Millers, who have invited us to Switzerland to visit them, and The Lloyds, especially Ella who drew us this thank you picture

The veg patch is in full production with courgettes, carrots, tomatoes, peas and broad beans being harvested by the tonne.

In the flower garden the sweet peas are prolific and all out guests, without exception, enjoy these during their stay.

The only one nuisance is that we appear to have a mole or 2 trying to tunnel in…I will update you on this and our war against the rabbits next time!

bye for now.

About Agra Cottage

Aims to make Agra Cottage the best self catering accommodation in North Yorkshire. We have 5 stars from Visit England so far but this is only the start and you can help! www.selfcateringcottages.net
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