I’M definitely joining in with the moaning about the weather at the moment. It has spoilt my plans for the last two weekends and, not only that, worthy causes have lost out on thousands of pounds of fundraising as a result.
Firstly, Michael and I were attending Blackshaw Head village fete near Hebden Bridge and had organised various events including a tug of war contest where we each had a team.
We also spent most of last week baking buns and cakes for Michael’s cake stall at the fete.
Our friends Gillian and Shirley were doing most of the baking to be honest but we were doing lots of sampling for them!
Two days before, the organisers took the reluctant decision to cancel the event as the field was waterlogged so we had to do a quick rethink.
We couldn’t possibly eat all the lovely cakes and buns between us, especially as we are both still on healthy eating campaigns. We phoned the Piece Hall market in Halifax who very kindly agreed to let us have a stall for the day.
I went into the loft and got together boxes of nik naks that I don’t use any more and took them along to sell too.
The cakes went down a treat and the money we raised will go towards Stainland Community Centre’s roof fund – they’ll need the money more urgently now with this rain!
My second disappointment was the cancellation of the RSPCA’s K9 Dog show, which Michael and I were due to judge.
We were also showing our own dogs in the competition and were taking lots of family and friends with us to the event so it was a real shame.
The organisers had worked so hard to put everything together, it must be soul destroying to see that going to waste and also the missed opportunity to raise around £5,000.
They were so worried about people slipping and the cost of repairing damage to the park due to the mud etc, that they were forced to cancel.
I’m lucky that I spent a few days in Morocco last week which was incredibly hot but I’m tempted to get back on a plane to escape this misery.
At least we don’t have hurricanes in Britain … yet.