We arrived back at 23:00 on the Thursday and at 10:00 on the Friday we were off again – this time to a small Certified Location (CL) site near Newent. Why? I hear you ask! Well Dad very cleverly booked us to do two Birdline shows over the week-end:- The Newent Onion Fayre on the Saturday and Frampton Country Fair on the Sunday. We went up on Friday so we could get the caravan and awning set up and still have time to go into Newent on Friday afternoon to suss out where we would be on the Saturday. We found our spot, close to the Lake and on one of the main pedestrian thoroughfares. We then enjoyed a stroll around Newent which is a lovely place. After spending a few hours there we returned to the Caravan where we settled for the evening. When I say “we” I mean, Mum, Dad, Georgie and me! Stacey was due up early Saturday morning with the Show Trailer and the other birds. She had a very early start! We met up and went and set up. We had me and Georgie plus:- Billy, Charlie, Ruby, Polly, Little Miss and Mango. It rained in the morning and dried up in the afternoon but even in the rain there were loads of people – Newent has a tremendous Community Spirit! By the end of the day we had all managed to raise £226.91 for Birdline. After we had packed up Mum, Dad and Stacey brought some Fish and Chips which we sat under the Gazebo and ate. When I say we………..well………..they had to share, didn’t they?
Then we folded down the Gazebo, loaded it and went back to the Caravan for the night. Most of the birds apart from Me and Georgie stayed in their Travel Cages in Stacey’s car and once it had got dark, Billy slept. Until then though he was shouting, as only Billy can, but the farmer commented on how quiet he thought we all were so no problems there then!
Sunday was another early start as we had to travel for half an hour to go to Frampton on Severn for the Frampton Country Fair. This was a huge affair, very similar to the Cotswold Show we did earlier in the year. We found our place and set up. We had plenty of space and were on a corner which was good as we attracted loads of people. We, obviously, had the same birds as before and it was a long and busy day. We were almost opposite a machine which catapulted people who were brave enough, into the air on elastic straps. Most of us were very unsure of this machine at first but soon got used to it. I have to say Polly was the worst but being the youngest, she had not had much experience of this type of thing! Happily, by noon she just ignored it. It was another long day but by the end of it we had all raised another £192.68 for Birdline. After we were all packed up Me and Georgie were staying on with Mum and Dad and the others went home with Stacey.
We were staying until Thursday and we went to Gloucester Docks, Gloucester Town, Tewkesbury and another day in Newent. Dad loves Tewkesbury and we had a great day there. We went on Market Day so it was quite busy and there were loads of people who stopped to say Hello to me and Georgie. When we went to Gloucester Docks we went to the new Wetherspoons (another one for Dad to tick off his list!) and then had lunch on the quayside from Subway! In the afternoon we were walking past St Mary’s de Crypt Church which is always locked when we go there and guess what? It was open. The staff were very pleasant and very helpful and unlocked a side door so Dad could go in on his wheelchair and they made me and Georgie feel very welcome. The other day we went to Newent and had a stroll around the lake before discovering parts of the town that we hadn’t seen before. Thursday morning we got up late, took the awning down, had lunch at the caravan and came home. Another adventure over!