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Nothing says Monday like Morris dancing. So on Monday morning, we popped over to see the Thaxted Morris Men and the Devil's Dyke Morris Men do their thing in the churchyard. Thanks to Father Ken (who may or may not have been one of the MM) the proceedings were moved into the church itself on account of the unpleasant weather conditions. The Thaxted church is an impressive building in itself, but was made all the more intriguing by the spectacle of vested, floral-hatted, ribbon-adorned and bell-festooned men and boys leaping around with hankies and sticks. These men were also equipped with pewter mugs attached to their kit bags so that they could be ready to drink beer at any moment, including between dances. The lead MM also called some group country dances to allow the other MMs to have a rest and allow the audience members some participation and warming-up opportunities. Excellent.
After that we investigated the Easter craft fair, but didn't feel the need to acquire any of the 'craft' on offer. The promise of a Scouts barbecue was incredibly tempting, and showed us one of the key differences between English and Australian customs. The lure of the smell was the same, but that's about where the similarities ended. In Straya, a proper sausage sizzle must be held outdoors (regardless of the weather), the snags must be cooking in sight of the customer, and must be ready to be exchanged for a gold coin immediately. The sausage should be served in a slice of white bread, with or without onions, and with one of the sauce options (which can be difficult to apply with one hand). Yum. This barbecue, however, was INDOORS and the sausages were COOKED TO ORDER resulting in a WAIT - I repeat, a WAIT - for our sausages, which were served in a BUN while we were seated AT A TABLE... which, admittedly made the sauce application process considerably easier. They were rather nice sausages - but for £2.50 (nearly $5AUD) each they would bloody want to be.
Tuesday and Wednesday have been relatively uneventful on account of a mild dose of feeling poorly for both of us (thanks for the voodoo bugs, Pat and Belinda). So there has just been some dog-walking, some clothes-washing, some hair-cutting, some food-shopping and some cuppa-with-the-builders-ing. We are in very comfortable surrounds while feeling less than 100% so can't complain about life. Here's hoping we're feeling more energetic and can resume full-blown ninking soon.

Posted by Buccas 09:46 Archived in England

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