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Thursday, 23 July 2015

Alice Goes To War...


Rachel and I made our traditional trip to the annual War & Peace Show yesterday - and for the first time took Alice.

It was a day of firsts for our little pup, as it was also her first trip on a train (she enjoyed it more than car travel) and when she got tired walking round the massive showground she was able to ride in my lap on my rented mobility scooter - which she took to very quickly.

She didn't seem to mind the noise (the crowds, the constant sound of gunfire etc) and didn't even react when a massive tank rumbled by within feet of us.


Bizarrely the only time she really got upset was when we were in the music tent. She didn't like the trumpets and then kept barking, so we had to leave.

Also, coming to an event like this with a dog for the first time makes you suddenly realise how many other people were there with dogs - as we were stopping every few minutes for Alice to socialise with other canine visitors, or for her to get strokes and cuddles from random strangers (of all ages) attracted by her cuteness.

With the event now being held at Folkestone Racecourse, we were able to get the train from Tonbridge to Westenhanger Station, which is about 100 yards from the main entrance to the site, which meant the travel time from door-to-door was around an hour.

We spent the better part of eight hours at the show - which is something of a record for us - and Rachel ended up spending more than me (another first) as she picked up a lovely vintage dress, while I only invested in a selection of replica 1940's documents and newspapers (which I thought might, someday, find some use in a pulp RPG).


My 'wish list' for the day amounted to a leather flying cap and goggles (but authentic, complete ones were averaging around £300) and, maybe, an old typewriter (but these were around £70-£80... and I'm not exactly sure where I would display it!)

We passed a considerable amount of time in, and around, the 'Home Front'  area and the 'Vintage alley', which are Rachel's favourite parts of the show, as she does love her vintage outfits (she isn't really interested in the tanks and guns).


Although we spent such a long time at the show, I'm sure we only scratched the surface as the one real complaint we had about the day - and this has always been an issue since it moved down to Folkestone - is the almost total lack of signage around the site.

Even the couple of giant site maps we discovered lacked a simple "you are here" indicator, so were next to useless.

Before this year's show began, the organisers announced there were retiring and that this would be the last show... however, surprising no-one, it was revealed on the first day of the show (yesterday) that the show had been sold and would be continuing under new ownership.

4 comments:

  1. Very cool that she didn't mind the noise. Great pictures and your shirt is so fun.

    Big Hello to Lady Rachel from me. And thanks for the well-wishes the other day. I am doing much better. But off wheat flour for some time, which is why I haven't been back to work on dog treats. However, I think I might be able to use coconut flour for the pups and make it work. I'll let you know if it does.

    Cheers and boogie boogie.

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    1. Thank you. Alice was so well behaved the whole day - especially given all the new (and loud) experiences. We were very proud of her.

      Glad you like the shirt ;-) I have a host of Hawaiian shirts for occasions such as this, but the one I'm wearing in the picture came from this show many years ago and is 'authentic', as opposed to my others which are from British chainstores.

      We were supposed to be going today as well, but it has rained hard all day so just took Alice for a walk up town, popping into her favourite pet store along the way so she got spoiled rotten as usual ;-)

      Glad to hear you're on the mend and look forward, in your own time, to updates on the dog treats.

      Take it easy!

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    2. I love that dogs can go into stores. That's so cool. We have that here.

      Yes, made the dog treats Friday night. Little 4g peanut butter cookies that are too small for my girls but should work nicely for little Alice. Will take photos later today when the sun is up, it's only a little after four-thirty in the morning here.

      Then I have a batch of dough in the fridge, to see how the roll and slice method goes. But so far, I fancy the little pretty ones that are already made. So cute.

      Photos to come.

      PS: Cool beans on the shirt.

      PPS: It will be a loooooong time before I can eat normal food, but that's okay, I'll just write my way around things.

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    3. Not all stores (mainly pet stores and shops where we know the owners), but where she is welcome she gets lots of attention and cuddles!

      Looking forward to 'puppy treat' updates.

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