The weather was kind for the Clun Carnival a celebration that lasts for a full week of events and is great fun for young and old , residents and visitors alike. Held every year at the beginning of August it is a great opportunity for the community to have some fun and to enter vegetables, baking, floristry and craft classes. As you can see from the photograph above I did get a little carried away entering the cookery section!! The great thing is that you get to eat your entries afterwards. I do share and all of the cottages were force fed cake!

Not only are there events on the Saturday but leading up to Carnival Day there is an art and craft show, a folk music evening, tractor pull and the aptly named Clun Canter – not a horse in sight ( except the pub !) but a 5.2 mile run starting and finishing at The White Horse.

We have both been busy training the dogs and competing with them. No rosettes but I had a nice time on the moors in Wardle, Lancashire and Peter has been to Bridgwater in Somerset to compete and also to a training weekend in Devon. We both go to Howard Kirby in Andover ( Mullenscote Dog Training ) once a month if possible. He has helped me enormously with my “girl” and is putting Peter on the right path. Please note it is the humans who need the help to stop confusing the poor dogs!!

Before you ask yes I did quite well with my culinary entries but not with the cakes that I liked the best ! Well there you are it is all a matter of taste!

Late Availabilities

THE BOTHY –  6 nights from Saturday 12th October at £284.

THE GATEHOUSE  has availability from Friday 11th or Saturday 12th October for a week at £427.

KEEPER’S COTTAGE  nothing at present.

Some of What’s On in the area.

August.

23rd July – 14th September Canwood Gallery (Herefordshire) Nicole Farhi and Friends. 17th Aug – 14th Sept St Ives and Beyond – Art Exhibition Quality Square Ludlow.

September 

1st -29th The Rodd – Its Architecture, People and Landscape ( see Ludlow.org.uk) 6-7 Sunset Cinema Telford Town Park 8th Garden Party Hawkstone Follies 13th -15th Ludlow Food Festival  14 Proms & Prosecco in the Park , Chetwynd Deer Park, Newport 14th -15th The White House Heritage Open Day Aston Munslow Nr Craven Arms. 20th -22nd Redlake Valley Artists Exhibition, Chapel Lawn.  30th Shrewsbury Coracle World Championships, Quarry Park ,Shrewsbury.

October

3rd-6th Arcadia Music Festival Ludlow 4th-5th Shropshire Oktoberfest in Shrewsbury 6th Shrewsbury Half Marathon 9th & 24th Ludlow Races 12th Apple Orchard Afternoon Tea at Hawkstone Park Follies 25th Ludlow Male Voice Choir at Ludlow Brewery

November

2nd Blists Hill Firework Night – Ironbridge 14th & 25th Ludlow Races 23rd – 24th Ludlow Christmas Medieval Fayre

December

4th & 18th Ludlow Races 7th – 8th & 14th – 15th Victorian Christmas at Blists Hill Ironbridge.

Details of all the above events plus more can be found on the following websites www.shropshiretourism.co.uk www.ludlow.org.uk www.shropshire-events-guide.co.uk (Virtual Shropshire)