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Maundering on.... - Wemyss's Appalling Hobby:
From the Party Guilty of Committing 'Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn'
Maundering on....

The Baker’s Daughter has expanded.


Well.  Her business, of course.


I’m sorry, I’ll read that again: the Baker’s Daughter has expanded well her business, of course.




Pies.  Of a pie-ous thickness.  (I could hardly resist an HP pun, now, could I?)


I should note, for American readers, that ‘pie’ in this context means a past[r]y filled with meat and veg., not with fruit.  That would be a tart.


But we were discussing the Baker’s Daughter.


I believe it was the Mole’s Mother who suggested that the Baker’s Daughter, that whirlwind of energy and vibrant appetites of all sorts (two sprogs, no husband, sequined false eyelashes and wildly decorated and bejewelled fingernails – how she kneads dough, I’ve no idea – merry, wench-ish, and available to sit to sculptors wishing to carve the Venus of Chavendorff), was an incipient Wife of Bath.  I wonder if the Wife of Bath had that much sheer drive and bawdy, raucous energy.  The lass is a force of nature, all twenty scone of her.


And bent upon world domination – at least as regards grub and takeaways.  The fetes-shows-and-fairs season being upon us, she is very much in her element, and rolling, I gather, in dosh.  The best of British luck to her: we want all the entrepreneurs we can find.


Now for the cidering.


A tip of the cap – literally – to the Wootton Bassett side, who take home the West of England Wilts Division cricket title this year.  And to the Biddestone Under-13s, who beat their Wootton Bassett counterparts in that division.


Somerset, bless him, was in fine form, opening the Maiden Bradley Show.  Decent chap, really, as dukes go.


Fine weather, successful shows, exam results, and village cricket and All That aside, the fight continues.  Fights, really: all against the centralising tendency that wishes to stamp out accountability, responsiveness, responsibility, and indeed liberty.  This is a fight that ranges from the resistance to a unitary authority for Wilts to the government’s absolute responsibility to hold a referendum on the EU stealth-treaty.  It is utterly contemptible, this drive towards opacity, centralising, and the removal of more and more liberty from the subjects by reducing local control – be the locus the district council or the realm – in favour of unelected, unaccountable, and foreign diktat and ukase.  Those favouring such steps are the enemies of liberty.


Master carpenter Shane Davies has taken on a prentice, Dwain Kneil, who is soon to learn more than he ever anticipated learning.  The Old Bell is being converted into dwellings, and as a Tudor-era listed building, it requires special handling indeed.  Mr Davies is an expert in mediæval carpentry, and has taught it before; now there is every prospect that a new curator of this knowledge will take up the torch and pass it on.  Mr Kneil is but twenty-years in age.


One trusts that the extension of Malmesbury Abbey will be as sympathetically handled.  It is certainly a good sign that the new door will be hewn of oak coppiced at Westonbirt, up Gloucestershire way.


The Trowbridge country fair, we are advised (or warned), is to feature belly dancing led by Mrs Powell and her students.  I’d as soon the Baker’s Daughter doesn’t participate.  Not that I’ll know, as I will most assuredly not be present, for obvious reasons.


If it goes as well as did Corsley Show, it will go down a bomb.


Exciting life, what?

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sgt_majorette From: sgt_majorette Date: August 30th, 2007 12:33 am (UTC) (Link)

The fetes-shows-and-fairs season being upon us...

Will there be sheep, and fleeces? Or are you in the hoof-and-mouth zone?
wemyss From: wemyss Date: August 30th, 2007 02:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

Mutter, mutter, swear at iniquitous government....

Although HMG has lifted much of the transport restrictions and the export ban, it's too little, too late, as they say. It was certainly too late for Priddy Sheep Fair, over Zummerzet way, now cancelled for only the second time - both cancellations as a result of foot and mouth, in 2001 and this year - since it began in 1348.

Livestock markets can resume beginning 3 September, so the future may be better.
themolesmother From: themolesmother Date: August 30th, 2007 06:35 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't know if it was me, either but the idea of your Baker's Daughter as a modern day Wife of Bath is immensely attractive. She sounds as if she's set to do just as well as the original, too. Good luck to her.

wemyss From: wemyss Date: August 30th, 2007 02:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

It was you, I made sure of it.

And she is fun, isn't she.
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