Rain Didn’t Stop Play

03 Sep


We were all set, it was going to be a good bank holiday.  Big Sis, her BFF and I were going to thrash the 2p machines, sit outside and watch the horses and holiday makers pass by, meet the clan [including four-foot-ninja and his sister] for lunch by the beach, enjoy the fresh air the last hoorah of summer before school, winter, darkness and the need for coats arrived.

Bloody damnable fudging weather!!!  Why does the weatherman always get the weather correct on a holiday weekend and wrong the rest of the time?? Why do these isolated showers that never appear in July or BBQ night decide to band together and swamp us on the last bank holiday before christmas??  Tis a conspiracy of the fates, with some assistance from Major Murphy and Superintendent Sod!

However, we are tough stuff, no such thing as bad weather just bad clothing ….. we three entrapped females donned coats and BFF her brolly and we made a dash for it. Applied true holiday-maker spirit and threw caution to the onshore breeze and went for it.  Armed with lose change we perused our machines with true hustler fashion “Dodgy top shelf [means they pile up easily]”, “too far back”, “got it”.  We discuss whether it is a single job or a double onslaught [two people, one each side at the same time].

As the rain had done its best to become a drizzle we made way to our favoured cafe for a spot of lunch.  Okay so you have to wait for it to be cooked, but it is proper pukka grub, not plastic catering and the prices are very very reasonable for a beachfront establishment.  Fortified with cheese burger, chips and a coffee.  Round two.

By now there were more people about, those determined to go somewhere and so something, or the bedraggled holiday makers [they’re the ones in flip flops or sandals, shorts or leggings and a coat, you can always tell], more stuff had moved as players had tried and given up.  We were in … 2p’s cascading left,right and centre, made shouts as the treasured item of junk teetered on the edge defying physic laws.

We departed with a carrier bag full of crap, and some non-crap items, more tickets and tokens to use next time and a feeling of triumph as we had beaten the rain [which had gone somewhere else].  My hands were black and the seaside odour of greasy foods and dampness evaded and I was shattered!

Top prize of the day was a cube money box, the type with a bung in the bottom, a good three inches square, complete with a pounds worth of 2p’s inside.  Second prize was the me-to-you teddy with clock [he was heavy!].  Third prize was a forgotten 2p left in a tray that was absently shove in a slot and 50 prize tickets spewed out!

Anyone need a key ring, we’ve got about 10, to add to our other 30 or 40 ish few.


Posted by on September 3, 2015 in General



6 responses to “Rain Didn’t Stop Play

  1. Bushka

    September 3, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    Ah!!!!!! Looks and sounds like a Classic Bank Holiday…Regimental Masters Sod and Murphy notwithstanding…..;) Well Done! Loads of pressies too…..My….My…. Hugs! ❤

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    • AnneMarie

      September 3, 2015 at 1:56 pm

      The stiff upper lip got a tad soggy but we fought through 🙂


  2. deacongill

    September 3, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    Good for you – got out there and had fun regardless – now that’s the true Dunkirk spirit. Such lively writing – very much enjoyed it!

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  3. JustAChristian

    September 3, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    At least you had a bank holiday, lol. We didn’t have one up here in Scotland. Plus can’t you guys (gals) do this sort of thing just about any Monday (or any other day)? That’s got to be the plus of being medically retired. If you don’t work a job and your sister isn’t working at present then you all can ‘bank holiday’ to your heart’s content while the rest of us are at work. I would think that to go on a day when everyone else is working would be a sure fire way to avoid the hoards of holiday makers. 🌞


    • AnneMarie

      September 3, 2015 at 10:07 pm

      Yes, the August Bank Holiday is at the beginning of the month your side of the border, I believe.

      The original reason for making plans for the specific day were two fold. Big Sis’s BFF had commitments meaning she could not join us another day. Also we were intending to join other family members who are usually at work/school at other times. While there may be a degree of flexibility in my timetable there was not for others.

      The weather sadly scuppered plans for some, but we decided to go anyway as we all had been looking forward to the fun.

      Being medically retired often means my plans are governed by the schedule and availability of others, rather than the openness or restrictions of mine.


    • AnneMarie

      September 3, 2015 at 10:09 pm

      Considering this was ‘high season’ it was not heaving with people, not as many as would be expected at holiday time. Yes, it was busier around lunch time and early afternoon, but not suffocatingly so.

      I guess the rain made many stay at home.



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