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The last of the village fêtes

It’s a bank holiday here today (read: long weekend). The last one before Christmas, believe it or not. That means it was the last village fête of the season. There are a few more commercial events, but this was the last amateur festival.

It was rammed. Packed. Stuffed. Busiest I’ve ever seen it.

They all have been this summer. Chock full of people dying to get out and go somewhere and spend money.

It was a little hard, to be honest, seeing so many happy people celebrating and knowing the shit is most definitely about to hit the fan here.

It’s like, have you ever cut yourself badly in the kitchen? And, for just a second, there’s no blood, no pain, no sign of it…but you know what’s coming. It’s like that.


Oh, I just thought the tombstone was cool. I wasn’t trying to be *that* doomy. Saw it in the churchyard. Completely unreadable, sadly – not even the date.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: August 29, 2022, 6:38 pm

By way of explanation, the cap on electricity prices is set to rise by 80% in October and rumors of an even higher raise in January and again in April. It could cost the average household thousands.

There *is no* cap on commercial locations and bets are it will spell the end of pubs and restaurants.

That’s not even mentioning the food shortages we expect to come.

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: August 29, 2022, 7:04 pm

I blame Joe Lyin’Biden who is busy denying that he and his “team” did anything wrong and assigning the people criticizing him for his ineptitude and Trump envy as “chumps” and MAGA deplorables who should be removed from acceptable society.

“Pedo Peter” Joe Lyin’Biden is a fascist and an authoritarian.

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: August 29, 2022, 7:59 pm

Nigel joins GETTR:


Comment from Mitch
Time: August 29, 2022, 8:09 pm

Yeah, this winter is going suck very much wind for a lot of people in Europe. It’s coming here too. Well, not for me personally as I’m in Florida. Winters are pretty nice here. But the food thing and gas prices going back up and the general ongoing breakdown of society.

In Other News, I saw that your shiny new aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales is off to a bad start. Something about a propeller drive shaft going wonky I believe.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: August 29, 2022, 8:10 pm

Well, look at that. Turns out I’m on GETTR. I signed up for them all, didn’t I?

Comment from BJM
Time: August 29, 2022, 10:50 pm

@Mitch..In other news…ya think that’s metaphor or analogy?

Comment from Mitch
Time: August 30, 2022, 12:01 am

@BJM Analogy perhaps. Maybe even a foreshadowing.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: August 30, 2022, 10:35 am

What? The propeller shaft on the Prince of Walrus’s eco warrior global warmening propeller beenie has gone wonky?

I think we’re pretty much at that point on the rollercoaster where the chain drive has stopped and we’re a couple inches from the part where the car rolls over the crest on that first drop. You know what’s coming.
Just brace yourselves as best you can because there’s not much chance it can be stopped. Nature and gravity are about to take control.

Or maybe the God’s of the Copybook Headings.

Comment from peacelovewoodstock
Time: August 30, 2022, 12:15 pm

The Germans laughed when Trump warned them about their dependency on Putin’s energy.

It is hard to not have schadenfreude over their plight now.

Comment from BJM
Time: August 30, 2022, 4:23 pm

@stoaty…the person in the grave has vanished with time, but King Death still reigns supreme. British village churches and their graveyards are fascinating…the pre-Anglican imagery resonates across the centuries. Two of our favorite summer day trips were churches and fetes.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: August 30, 2022, 6:16 pm

Graveyards were one of my favorite things about New England. Because they used slate, the stones are still amazingly legible. The British were so cramped for space they have to dig up the dead from time to time, but New Englanders didn’t. So there are more early, early graves than in Old England. Like Seventeenth C.

The iconography of some of them was amazing. King Death indeed.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: August 30, 2022, 6:57 pm

Meanwhile, back at the supermarket, they were asking $6.99 for a loaf of wheat bread this morning….

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: August 30, 2022, 10:19 pm

@Someveg – Worse still, they were getting the asking price.

We dropped almost $50 yesterday on groceries that made me go “huh?” when they rang it up.
Your namesake, some veggies, some plastic storage bags, a small bottle of vitamin E, 2 lbs of butter, 2 of cream cheese (someone is making pound cake….), a bottle of Tamari (which was only $1.95), a loaf of “Dave’s” bread for Mrs D, a medium sized bag of Jalapeno tater chips, and I’m trying to think what else because I couldn’t believe what we got was really just slight less than $50 worth of groceries. No meat, and the most expensive single item was the Dave’s bread. Oh! right, a small bag of peanut M&M’s! that’s what did it! Jen Psaki would have told us we should avoid buying those! “The tragedy of an M&M addiction”.

And this was a WinCo, which really is a cheap grocery store.

Comment from BJM
Time: September 1, 2022, 12:35 am

@Durned…welp California went and done it…all cars must be electric by 2045…although they ran into a spot of bother during the current heat wave…they asked people not to charge their electric cars this week. BUH-HA-HA-HA-HA!!!

Smug much now?

Comment from BJM
Time: September 1, 2022, 1:18 am

@Durned…jalapeno tater chips…oh my word…IMHO Lay’s makes the bestest ones…thin extra crispy and the heat is just right. Although Tim’s are mighty tasty too. I never get a full bag home.

I just ordered a 40 lb bag of bread flour from Azure…winter’s coming and that will be the time to roll my own…I really can’t be bothered in the heat…we eat mostly crackers in the summer anyhoo, Milton’s especially. We love Dave’s seeded loaf…the one with the yellow on the wrapper…it’s as good as homemade, but at 3x the price.

Our local family owned market had a really good BOGO sale on beef roasts of various cuts so I bought ten for the freezer. I wanted a tri-tip but not for $38! I can get a tri-tip sammie with all the trimmin’s for $6.00 at The House of Beef.

I hear tell that ranchers hereabouts are already deep into their winter hay…so a lot of cattle will come to market soon Keep yer eyes peeled and fill the freezer…cuz that’s akin to eating the seed corn.

We’re sharing a heifer and a pig with a neighbor..he’s raising them. So we’ll have a full locker next spring.

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