Monday, April 24, 2017

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Post 1515. Tuesday April 25

Tales of everyday life in the coastal village of Amble Bay



The main street looks different on a Tuesday, doesn't it? There are lots of large stripy umbrellas and beneath them, little stalls selling local stuff.

This is Stinky Stuart. 'Hi Stu!' He makes very smelly cheese in a barn just down the road.  Try a bit of that. Nice yes? No? Oh well. 

Here’s Martha. 'Hello Martha, lovely day'.  She makes these pretty trinkets and beaded jewellery. I can just see you wearing those earrings!

You see that guy strumming a ukulele? That’s Jack Potter. He’s not exactly a busker, in fact, he hates it if anyone drops pennies at his feet. He just loves to perform. He’s here every Tuesday singing like a songbird.

Over there’s Frank the Forager. He works for Lady Violet Smythe up at ‘the big ’ouse’ as he calls it; part gamekeeper, part gardener on her enormous estate. She lets him shoot the odd partridge or two and sell them here alongside wild mushrooms and hedgerow herbs. I broke a tooth on a piece of lead shot once.

Here comes Arthur with his wheelbarrow. ’Hello Arthur, what’s in there?’

'I said what's in your barrow?'

Oh, sacks of potatoes. He sometimes finds himself a gap in the market (literally!) and sells stuff he’s grown in the lower field. ‘Did you grow them yourself, Arthur?’

'Grow them yourse....?'

Silly question, forget it!

I’m going to grab one of Frosty Fred’s fabulous ice creams! Join me?





Tomorrow I'm taking you to meet Lady Violet Smythe

To read a brief description of Amble Bay and see a scribbled map just click HERE


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50 comments:

  1. Yes! I'd like some ice cream!

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  2. Sounds like a busy market with lots of interesting characters. WeekendsInMaine

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  3. Visiting markets for fresh produce is lovely. We have to watch for charlatans here who go to the big store and buy produce and then try to sell it as their own at the markets.

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    1. Naughty naughty! That wouldn't happen in Amble Bay...or would it?

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  4. I'd prefer a tidbit of cheese washed down with a bit of wine. Any chance of that? Or perhaps a draft home brew? ~grin~ Be well!

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    1. Absolutely! 'Winey' Vine has a stall a couple down! Cheers Darla.

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    2. Cheers, my friend.

      ~snicker~

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  5. I've never eaten a partridge...similar to a quail right, I mean in taste. I'm not a fan of having to pick inedible things out of what I'm eating, but if it's only the odd bit of lead shot, then why not!

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    1. Similar to quauil but quite a bit bigger. It's eaten a lot here. Deliciuos.

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  6. I'd love to try the cheese and I think I will throw a coin to the ukulele player. Just for fun
    Unity #Lexicon of Leaving

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    1. Me too, I'm almost a cheeseaholic! Thanks Kalpanaa.

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  7. Hi Keith - the stinky cheese I'll happily enjoy ... the frosty ice-cream today I'll miss out! I've enjoyed the undulating amble through the village with its unique umbrellas and ukeleles - they are popular aren't they ... lots of groups springing up ... oh to live in a village - cheers Hilary

    http://positiveletters.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/u-is-for-unicorn.html

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    1. I adore cheese and the stinkier the better! I so miss the happy years I spent running my village pub in Vines Cross

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  8. If Jack looks like the one in the picture, then I think he looks super cute...with that tiny ukulele on him

    A Peice Of My Life

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    1. Cute? Possibly! That's pretty much as I imagine him. Thanks DeeDee

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  9. Unbelievable luck! A ukulele strumming Jack available on U day? Wow!
    What ice-cream flavour are you going for?
    U is for Uttarakhand

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    1. I'm having a cone with one scoop of strawberry and one of vanilla. You?

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    2. Just had a scoop of chocolate with hazelnuts from my freezer...blame your post for the cravings.

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  10. Ice cream! yes please! And uke in the post got me interested.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Ukulele Covers
    Best Wishes!

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    1. There's quite a queue building up atFrosty Freds'! Cheers Karnika

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  11. I love the happy feel of this street. Ice cream, yes of course! Love the way you have had all of us readers visualising it.
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  12. Ice cream sounds nice while I'm exploring the rest of the market :-) Happy A-to-Z-ing.

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    1. He's going to sell out at this rate! Cheers Ronel.

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  13. An ice cream sounds divine. Umbrellas and ukuleles are popular for U.

    Suzy at Someday Somewhere

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    1. ...not many words to choose from! Can't wait to se what comes up with X and Z!

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  14. Having read your comment about 'tartle' (forgetting a name), your 'Smith' could have been spelled 'Smyth'. And what flavor of ice cream would ye be having?

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    1. Haha! The misspelling was totally deliberate. It sounds so much posher! Are you buying? Strawberry and vanilla double cone please!

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  15. I love the feel of this market, I'll grab an ice cream (a chocolate sundae, please, Frosty Fred!) and head over to Martha's beads, see if I can find some glass ones, or maybe wood!

    Look forward to meeting Lady Violet tomorrow!

    Nilanjana
    Madly-in-Verse

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    1. I'm certain you'll find everything your heart desires! Best behavour tomorrow please.

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  16. Sounds like such a lovely little town. Is there not ever any trouble there? I noticed there was no jovial jail for J or shy sheriff for S. :D

    Calen~
    Impromptu Promptlings
    A to Z Challenge Letter T

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    1. Apart from a garden gnome dissapearing recently, very little naughtiness happens here which is why we don't have out own copper!

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  17. I think I'm definitely in need of a bucket of frosty ice cream. Also, ukuleles = happiness. :)

    A to Z 2017: Magical and Medicinal Herbs

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  18. Good U words. Shade and music--very down home.

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  19. My granddaughter (age 8) recently sold lemonade, did extra chores, and saved her allowance to purchase a ukulele. Hers is a beautiful blue. What color is Jack's? Maybe they can play a duet.

    Trudy @ Reel Focus
    Food in Film: Ugli Fruit

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    1. What a lovely way to earn her ukulele. She'll value it all the more. What colour is Jacks's? Let's say dark green! Cheers Trudy

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  20. Such an interesting group of characters! Open air markets offer such eclectic fare. Jack Potter's ukulele music gives it all the more atmosphere. That's where I'd be hanging out. ☺

    Debbie @ THE DOGLADY'S DEN
    Latest Post: UNTIL IT'S TIME FOR YOU TO GO

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    1. It's a jolly place indeed, and if you feel like dancing a little jig, pleae do!

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  21. I love outdoor vendor markets, and sadly we seldom see them here, sometimes in the fall when the Farmers have their produce ready. It's great fun to see what everyone had grown or made and brought to sell. Usually the best baked good to be found too! Amble Bay is such a lovely place to visit that I'm going to be sad to see it end soon!

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    1. In my town we have a local produce market in square every Friday, all year round, complete with an accordianist! I will be returning to Amble Bay now and again. Thanks Josie

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  22. My cousins play the ukulele and they really like it. Some of my siblings play it as well. I've never really tried, but I do like listening to the music. :)

    Visiting from the A to Z Challenge. See my “U” post here: https://lydiahowe.com/2017/04/25/u-is-for-uncle-izaac-atozchallenge/

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    1. They are cute inexpensive little instruments that are real fun to play. Get yourself one! Cheers Aidyl

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  23. Normally I'm all for local markets but some of the produce here seems a bit dubious...

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    1. It's not too bad. At least everything is home produced and local! Cheers Iain

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  24. I should have had that ice-cream you offered on Tuesday. A bit chilly today for it but at least the sun's out again. Did you get the hail on weds? Love a bit of April Showers me so long as they're very short and interspersed with hot sun which they were. Weird. Good thing the umbrella's weren't out then eh?

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    1. I was walking along the beach near Hastings on Wednesday when it started hailing. It hurt!

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