How Time Flies

Didmarton, Glos

24th - 26th July 2009

time flies

This was a small but perfectly formed rally! Ten caravans arrived to help celebrate both Laura's 21st birthday and her recent marriage to Stuart. We all kept a very close eye on the weather, because although Laura and Stuart were the marshals for the event (so it wasn't technically a "Cartwright rally") Jeanette and Michael were the co-marshals, so we were all waiting for the influence of Mike rainmaker Cartwright. Jeanette had brought their own large party tent which meant that the weather could do it's worst and we would be OK - and so it proved with a real mixed bag of weather ranging from torrential downpours to warm sunny summery weather.

All caravans were safely on site by Friday afternoon and so we dispensed with the formalities of Friday night tea and coffee in favour of a communal get together for our evening meals in the party tent with everyone taking part. It's fair to say that a "merry time" was had by all with some attempts at singing happy birthday to Laura. That set the tone for the weekend (no pun intended) with a great relaxed atmosphere and suggestions that we held flag there and then on Friday evening to get it out of the way! However, Stuart on his Swift marshalling debut, showed that he holds tradition in high esteem and insisted that flag would be Sunday!

Saturday was a free day to explore the area or, as several of us did, relax and enjoy the summer for a day. It was hot and sunny and the sun cream was definitely needed. Those who didn't use the sun cream were suffering the following day. It was nothing to do with the other activities on Saturday afternoon and evening - honest!

Saturday afternoon at 4pm precisely a huge variety of jugs of Pimms was served, and dutifully we all joined in. Which then brings me to Saturday evening...... We were treated to a great meal courtesy of our marshals. BBQ's were lit and the largest chicken breasts seen this year were wrapped in bacon and cooked, this was served with a great choice of salads, new potatoes with both red and white wine for everyone. We followed the main course with meringues, gateaux, crumbles etc... and then wedding cake with champagne toasts to the happy couple. For those who still had room (it was a struggle!) there was cheese and biscuits. Laura put on a light hearted quiz, and the partying went on until.... well....quite late!

Sunday morning Stuart held flag - or at least he showed that he is an expert in the art of delegation, and Laura held flag! A somewhat quieter affair.... I wonder why?

Great weekend - thanks to the Parsons and the Cartwrights.

Paul Phillips

Pics courtesy Jeff Way & Techtel
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