|All ages, both genders, the bird fair is for all.|
|People can watch the artists painting on the annual bird fair mural.|
|When the cocktails were on offer, the WWT stand was the most popular at the fair!|
The BBF was blessed again by the weather. Some weeks ago Tim Appleton had told us that it was touch and go whether or not the event would even happen because of all the rain we had had. Thankfully the weather didn't let us down, and even at the event there was little rain, just a thunderstorm which was short-lived on Sunday. In fact it was too flippin' hot for me. All those days of blistering heat in Brazil have taken it out of me, the cold, damp British climate suits me much better I find these days.
|Look at all that 'orrible sunshine!|
|Yours truly talking to Rachel on the REGUA stand. Lee is in the background |
and Sue is holding court to the right.
|This is the front cover of the journal with the excellent |
artwork by Tomasz Cofta
On the way to the fair on Sunday morning we saw Oliver Simms, our volunteer in Brazil, with his dad. He arrived shortly after us and it was fun to catch up with him and learn what he has been up to; upsetting all the good folk of Durham it seems!
|Elis makes a new friend. Sadly this was only one exhibit on the NWCU stand.|
|Its a comment on humanity that such an organisation has to exist.|
On the subject of organisers, we only saw Tim briefly, but long enough for a bit of tom-foolery to occur as is typical of our meetings.
|The chuckle brothers and little mo.|
|Me, Ted (barman) and Alan our genial host.|
great chef (Phillipe), great breakfast (full English) and great evening meals (home-made pies). But if you are thinking of staying there next year, you may already be too late. We and everyone else there tend to book for the following year when we leave. However The Crown is highly recommended to anyone passing that way and looking for accommodation at any other time!
|The Crown, Uppinhgham, pub of the year 2011.|
|The Urban Birder holding forth.|