Katie Johnson - April diary
PUBLISHED: 00:16 19 March 2011 | UPDATED: 12:00 28 February 2013
Writer, broadcaster and compÃ¨re Katie Johnson lives on a smallholding on the Herefordshire/Shropshire border
Not often you get a phone call from a friend announcing theyve got a buzzard in the lounge. Weve had a robin and a blue tit in the bathroom and a mouse in the kitchen, but no, I think a bird of prey eyeing up your Beswick tops the lot. Heck of a fright though for one of those to crash through the window. Needless to say, our teenage godchildren went to school on the Monday with a story to tell, and probably how they were lucky to escape with their lives! The bird was fine by the way, but why is it never the Milk Tray man crashing in to deliver your strawberry creams? And did you know the last chap to don the balaclava was from Worcestershire?
Easter is here, weve bank holidays galore and the royal wedding. Well done to those hosting street parties who managed to wade through procedure, health and safety and clubbed together for the insurance, no doubt youve all got your high visibility jackets on for the occasion!
Whod have thought me and Kate had so much in common? Same name, married on a Friday and to men slightly thinning on top but managing to get them down the aisle while they still have hair for the photographs, and theres the chance that one day shell share the county as they have a home planned at Harewood Park.
Its that time of year when gardens reopen to the public, and weve got some super ones, including Stockton Bury at Kimbolton which is always a favourite when we have visitors over and not far from there, Moors Meadow at Collington recently voted most romantic garden in a national poll and there is a new addition in the form of a sculpture by local blacksmith Neil Lossock. This month also sees an Open Day in Steam at Hereford Waterworks Museum, classified by
English Heritage as a site of clear national importance.
Plenty of livestock on display at Countrytastic at the Three Counties Showground, including pig agility with Wendy Scudamore from Kentchurch. Last year I looked after the lambs for the children to stroke and ended up taking three of them home (lambs that is). Neil and Penny from The Handmade Scotch Egg Company at Bishops Frome have been in touch, they are holding a competition to find a new recipe which reflects the county, and if chosen, it will go in to production, and Im proud to say I am an Ambassador for the Bra Chain world record attempt at Worcester Race course in July (www.brachain.org.uk). Having donated one of mine, I reckon itd probably cover a furlong on its own. All monies raised will go to charity, including Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
Popped into Marks & Spencer the other day to buy a bottle of Royal Jelly bubble bath. Young lass serving said she used it too, so I said Id used it for years and it must be doing something good, as Im 82! Lets just say the way she looked at me, if Id had a bag of their Percy Pig sweets, it would have been heading her way at great speed! It was bed early that night with the window open, and not a strawberry cream in sight.