Posts tagged ‘La Belle’

May 22, 2012

Four firsts

by 3arn0wl

Simon took Cedric for a cruise on La Belle this morning.  It’s the first time his beagle’s been on water.

Hezekiah Pratt premièred his new work,  Hedges Concerto,  @ Chorley station during rushower. It’s a Concerto Gross-o, for kazoo, panpipes and didgeridoo.  Most commuters blithely ignored the historic event, though a few booed it.

Hogwatch have reported the first sightings of Erin Aceidae and her friends using the tunnel those soft vergers excavated last year.

And Will’s been up at the trig point way above Winskill:  the first opportunity he’s had to test the balsa wood glider he’s made.

April 7, 2012


by 3arn0wl

In the hiatus of Easter Saturday, vendors are hoping to separate punters from their hard-earned.

As La Belle glides up and down the Burbling offering lunch and afternoon tea, with the lure of an Easter Bunny crèche, the Blue Riband chugs along the Biscuit Line to find a story telling Paddington Bear at Tooting Halt.

There’s a Treasure Hunt in Poppleton Park, where teams are encouraged to find the ‘golden eggs’.

Lord Rupert’s hosting an egg-decorating workshop, led by Bill Wainwright and Antonín Biskup. The W.I. are there too, selling their cakes and preserves.

And Gawthrop Farm’s open to visitors – children love to pet the animals of course, and there’s always a chance of seeing a lambing. With egg tossing and egg rolling games and a hayride on offer, it’s a good job there’s some Scrum-P available for the adults.

December 23, 2011

I saw three ships come sailing in

by 3arn0wl

In what has to be one of the most magical displays of the Advent illuminations, the boats on the Burbling were decorated with lights, which reflected beautifully on the rippling water.

Hezekiah Pratt was walking along the riverbank, and thought that some people gave their boats odd names:

  • There was a coxless pair in a boat called Madonna & child.
  • An Optimist humorously named Whither sail?
  • Old Jack Evans had somewhat prosaically named his narrow boat after his kids: Liam & Beth
  • The pretty little launch, so popular amongst the tourists was aptly called, La Belle, as was the lifeboat, Angel.

And as he walked towards the castle and into Poppleton, he hummed a jaunty carol and his heart rejoiced.

October 2, 2011

A surprise or two

by 3arn0wl

When he awoke the following morning, Antonín Biskup found himself in an aeroplane, attired in tie and tails, complete with a parachute on his back. It seems his friends had organised a little surprise for him after all. :/

The ceremony was scheduled for 3 o’clock, in the ruined Norman church of the castle, overlooking the Burbling, on what turned out to be a glorious ‘Indian Summer’ day.

The lads parachuted into the bailey, just as the girls arrived in the Stage Coach engaged from the Dew Drop Inn beautifully arrayed in their cocktail dresses and fascinators.

A string quartet played Dvořák.

They both, publicly, agreed ‘they did’.

And then Antonín surprised her with the beautifully hand-crafted plaited rings.

After which they all took a decadent afternoon tea on a launch on the Burbling.