Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Race for Life

Today Burton came to support me running the Race for Life, which is a 5k charity event for Cancer Research.  Since in the past it has only been for women (I believe they do have men's races now too) it is themed pink, so Burton felt very comfortable!

I ran the race with my friend Kath and her friend Sam, though Kath darted off and left us in her dust!!

Burton waited in town with my friend Spammy to cheer us on, and then met us at the finish line for a shot with our medals.

I even let Burton try on my medal Wink

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Beer festival #2 - The Aviator

Gosh, 2 Beer Festivals in a row, such drunkards!!  Our local pub The Aviator, which is at Staverton [Gloucester] Airport (teeny tiny airport mainly for helicopters and light aircraft), like to hold their own Beer and Cider festival every year.  It's great as it's not too busy and they have a great selection, plus usually a bbq also!

Here Burton is trying his first cider of the day, and browsing the list to decide what's next!

Mr Loops letting Burton try his beer!

"Too much beer, I wanna go home!!!"  Burton loved watching the aircraft coming and going so he climbed a fence to get a good view of one of the hangars.

Time to soak up some of the booze with a nice hotdog, nom nom.

Scoring our tipples again.

Burton with the gang, Mr Loops, Mr Loops' parents (who live really close to the pub), and Spammy and her bloke Chris

Trying some of Chris' beer

Trying some of my cider!!

Doh, I think Burton has had too many tasters!!!  He says he's going tee total for a little while now to detox Wink

And on to Saturday, we stayed at the in-laws' house as they wanted to have a family bbq the next afternoon.  Here Burton is observing their parrots, Rex and Millie!

And here Burton is riding on a big bronze fishy statue, which I'm told was made by the same artist that made the Minotaur and Hare statue in one of my previous posts.

Playing word games with Mr Loops' mum and niece

Waiting for the bbq to heat up Burton decided to take a nap in Mr Loops' hat!

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Beer festival #1 - Pauntley

Mr Loops and I are great fan of Real Ales and Ciders, and are members of CAMRA so we like to go to a few Beer Festivals each year.  This year Burton will be our honoured guest to several of them, and Pauntley is our first this year!

Excited to start the journey (even though it isn't very far away Wink)

Enjoying the Cotswolds scenery!

We decided to camp overnight at this Beer Festival so this is Burton's first camping trip with us too!  Here he is relaxing in the bedroom part of our tent, preparing for the beers.

Looking down the field at the Village Hall the festival is held at.  Empty at the moment, but by the time it started it was packed full of tents and vans.  Thankfully the weather also perked up later too!

Burton amongst the ales, lagers and ciders!  We were one of the first in there so we had our pick of the booze Wink

Burton was kind enough to buy our first drinks for us

Being so small though he tried each of our drinks rather than having his own glass!

Perusing the list to decide what to quaff next!

Burton and me enjoying our tipples.

Burton and Mr Loops scoring the beers that they've tried.

Starting to look a little squiffy!

And onto Sunday morning, after packing up the tent we headed to our of our local pub/restaurants, The Aviator (at the local airport in Staverton), for a nice big English breakfast.  Burton was feeling pretty worse for wear but after a little coffee and some of my breakfast he fully recovered thankfully!

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Sight-seeing in Cheltenham

My friend Spammy and I took Burton shopping and sight-seeing in Cheltenham since we figured that most of his adventures so far have revolved around food and drink!!

Here he is looking rather bemused sat between the Hare and the Minotaur statue on the Promenade which was installed in 1997 and is by the artist Sophie Ryder.

Apparently there was some controversy when it was initially added to the Prom because people didn't think it fit with the Regency buildings surrounding it but luckily it stayed and it's quite a tourist attraction now.  Also, some of the materials used in it were I'm told sourced from Mr Loops' parent's local scrap metal yard!

Here Burton is enjoying the spectacle of the Wishing Fish clock.  It moves throughout the hour, with little white eggs coming from the duck and travelling around the clock, but each quarter hour (I believe) it plays the song "I'm forever blowing bubbles" and blows bubbles out of the fishies mouth!

Next time I take Burton to Cheltenham I'll try to get a video of the clock in action, unfortunately we had just missed it on this visit!

After a tiring morning of shopping we went for Sunday lunch at The Swan, and here Burton was using my shawl as a kind of hammock high chair so that he could reach the table!