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Post 1501. Monday April 10

A-Z Challenge 2017




So, this is the Village Hall. Gosh, this door’s stiff. Push…. Silly me,  it opens outwards!

Here's the main room. It’s used most days. Soon the precious little darlings will be turning up for their pre-school playgroup. We need to be gone by then, it gets very noisy!

On Tuesdays, the good ladies of the Women’s Institute meet here. I once accused them of just making jam, knitting tea cosies and gossiping. Madame President was very put out. ‘I’ll have you know’ she said ‘a naughty fireman attended our last Christmas party, and I don’t mean a real fireman’. What could she have meant? Surely not!

The Scouts dib-dib-dib and dob-dob-dob here on Fridays, and there’s a monthly disco-tech for teenagers We hold jumble sales and even the occasional tea dance. May I have the pleasure…? No, perhaps not! My favourite event is the Annual Flower Show. I’ll be introducing you to Iris tomorrow who’s very involved in it.

Through here is the kitchen. Huge isn’t it? There is a cookery club here Wednesday nights. I belong. What's so funny? I’ll have you know my fartes are legendary. Mock not! Fartes are medieval meatballs and absolutely delicious.

What’s that noise? Oh, the kids are coming in. We’ll leave by the back door, come on!


* PS. If you want the farte recipe, let me know - and no, it doesn't use beans!


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

Tomorrow I’ll be telling you about Iris and her beautiful blooms!

Previous episodes – A B C D E G H I JK L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z




48 comments:

  1. It took a few minutes with Google, but I actually found a recipe online - after I saw a sight that told you how to make a dish to create the perfect fart - no e on the end. Really? No idea there such such a thing as the perfect one, lol.

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    1. Well done Denise! I cooked them, with an E, as a 'special' at my pub now and again and they went down very well!

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  2. Love the humour! Doesn't use beans :) Too good, as we say in India :)

    Nilanjana
    Madly-in-Verse

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    1. I've eaten a lot of beans in India, but that's another story! Thanks Nilanjana

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  3. If rooms could talk... This is a wonderful reminder of how much happens within a space, how much life, how many perspectives. When we write well, we make the location as much of a protagonist in the story as anything else.

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    1. Walls have ears you know! This hall could tell a tale or two! Cheer Shari.

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  4. Sounds like a much loved place - the fireman sounds particularly interesting lol
    Debbie

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    1. I know, disgraceful! Not the sweet old ladies we thought they were!

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  5. "And then the fireman rushes in from the pouring rain, very strange!"

    Sandra Ulbrich Almazan, Science Fiction/Fantasy Author

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    1. "...and removed his wet attire, piece by piece"Cheers Sandra

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  6. Hi Keith - lovely H post - can see the Hall- though must say I thought of Hall House first ... I think I was thinking of a village I lived in and the Hall was at the other end - the village hall was in the middle. Shakespeare had Farts of Portingale - and I managed to draft up some ideas as to Farts or Fists... sweet or savoury ... I think I found the idea in a Shakespeare cookbook I've got ..

    Fun - well done - Amble Bay is gathering its villagers in for various events - I hope the fireman isn't there for work ... cheers Hilary

    http://positiveletters.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/h-is-for-horse.html

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    1. Yes, it's a busy hall Hilary. The fireman is there his particular type of work, and that doesn't involve putting out fires! Except for the ladies that get a little overheated during his perfrmance!

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  7. Hello Keith,

    I used to be a beaver scout and used the hall to play all sorts of games. Later in life I used my church cultural hall for various activities too.

    Absolutely Amazing Alliteration

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    1. Me too Duncan. In my village the church hall doubled up as the village hall. I spent a lot of time there as a child and an adult.

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  8. Trying to open the door the wrong way... sounds like me :-) Happy A-to-Z-ing.

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    1. Yes, the story of my life! Cheers Ronel

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  9. I'm with Ronel. ~grin~ I want the recipe. This is delightful, Keith.

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    1. The recipe is at https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/explore-shakespeare/blogs/farts-portingale/. Enjoy!

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  10. The Village Hall is a pretty happening place. Madam President seems interesting and looking forward to meet Iris tomorrow. :)

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    1. You will enjoy her garden I'm sure! Thanks Shilpa

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  11. The local hall...a real community hub.

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    1. Between the hall and the pub they have pretty well everything covered! Cheers!

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  12. Thought there was a typo there for a moment. No fartes it is... Genuinely like the sound of Amble Bay as a nice little place to live.

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    1. The last time I cooked them was as part of a medieval banquet which I held my pub, complete with staff in costume, a minstral and a pig's head on the table!

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  13. It's amazing how the description of such a happening place can fill me with feelings of tranquility.

    Trudy @ Reel Focus
    Food in Film: Hot Dogs

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    1. Busy village life is so much more relaxed than its city equivelant! Thanks Trudy

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  14. The Hall sounds like it gets pretty crazy, especially during the Women's Institute meetings. ;)

    A to Z 2017: Magical and Medicinal Herbs

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    1. They are quite a lively bunch those ladies! Enjoying your theme very much Sara.

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  15. The Village Hall--what a wonderful old idea we truly should return to.

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    1. They are still vry much part of vilage life in my part of the country, and long may they be so. Thanks Jaacqui

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  16. Great description!
    I like your presentation of the A-Z alphabets for your posts of this challenge:)

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  17. Just as I remember my childhood village hall... Although without the fireman.

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    1. Me too, also without the fireman! Cheers!

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  18. Hello again, fellow A-to-Zer! It is nice to stop by and look in on Amble Bay once again. And surely that fireman couldn't... I mean, they wouldn't... probably he just stole some jam. That is why he was naughty. He impersonated a fireman and used this wicked trick to steal jam. Yes.

    Oh, and I expect someone has already told you this, but some of us are keeping lists of fiction-based A to Zs, and you are on it. Um... I am assuming that is correct?
    Keep up the great work!
    Melanie Atherton Allen
    www.athertonsmagicvapour.com

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    1. Hi Melanie. Welcome to another beautiful day in Amble Bay! The fireman's' wicked trick to steal jam'? Errr, no! Go with your first thought. Thanks for letting me know about the lists. I knew of one, but no more. I need to go exploring. I'm off to the Fish Inn if you fancy joining me!

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  19. :D Speaking of medieval... Could you do this again next year using the book Life in a Medieval Village
    by Frances Gies and Joseph Gies. OR you could use Life in a Medieval Castle or City, as well. All three are by them. THAT would be fascinating! But probably a lot of research. ;)

    Calen~
    Impromptu Promptlings
    A to Z Challenge Letter H

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    1. I'm off to take a look at them right now! Thanks for the suggestion Calen~

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  20. I would eat a farte as long as the after effects weren't too bad! Our village hall is actually right next door - not much goes on there except for Friday night meetings where villagers discuss, well, village business presumably (not sure what exactly...) But we have been to a lot of craft fairs and fundraising events at the church hall in town. My daughter's playgroup was there too. Good to have a hub for the community!

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    1. The last village I lived in didn't have a church or a hall, so all the societies and cmomittees met in the pub - my pub! Great for business.

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  21. I am envisioning your wonderful town hall busy with people coming and going to different activities, and now I want to taste your Fartes. Hmmm, that reads very strangely indeed!! :-)

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    1. Good job I know what you are talking about Josie! Cheers

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  22. This is where I should have come in as I only started the AtoZ on H. Catching up from L though. Brilliantly done. love the little sketches too. Glad I found you.

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    1. I'm pleased too! Welcome to Amble Bay - enjoy your stay.

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  23. Medieval meatballs? Thanks for the smile!

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