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Our hearts and minds bend towards supporting independent businesses wherever possible, even on long car journeys. Our bladders however have no idea about sticking to independent trading. All was well initially, yesterday, and we made it to Teals Farm, a fabulous independent stop on a busy road, the A303. Bladders, heads and hearts all  satisfied with the destination.


Our breakfast needy stomachs were not so satisfied, we arrived just 4 minutes after breakfasts stopped being served. So we had to be happy with take out, and looking at the farm shop goodies. I picked out the eponymous teal coloured items for the pictures above. We were only, actually, prompted to spend money on blood oranges, which were delicious and colourful, better for us than the delicious and colourful chocolate that we managed to swerve.

The trouble is that one stop inevitably leads to another and when the coffee had worked its magic on our bladders there was no independent company on the A303 horizon. Starbucks could, however, confirm to the slight colour theme of this blog.

Bladders happy, if not our moral compass we set off for the shortish journey home. Two huge cups of tea in hand. All well and good you might think but fate had other ideas. Two badly behaved dogs had escaped onto the A38 causing traffic to stop for a very long time. Tea like coffee has only one place to go eventually, causing another big chain business stop, once we were eventually on the move again.

The moral of this blog is that we might like to think we choose to use independent companies whenever possible but it is our bladders that call the shots and they have no qualms about using big business.  What is a body to do?

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HMS Portland

HMS Portland sailed past some bobbers yesterday, the crew and the bobbers waved excitedly because for some reason it seems rude not to acknowledge one another in relatively close proximity. It was a very chilly swim, but it was probably quite cold standing on deck and waving, so both sides may have welcomed the extra exercise.

Our winter eyebrow growth was removed yesterday all wandering upper facial hair either removed or gathered tidily into graceful arches which can be risen or lowered as situations require. Who could have guessed that ten minutes after this pastoral scene the eyebrows were raised because  of the weather.

We were on the A303 near Stonehenge and  there was the usual traffic queue, so we took a usual detour via Shrewton to avoid the standstill. Just as we approached the Stonehenge car park black clouds descended and snow was dumped on us.

Not what we expected at all. Newly coiffed eyebrows were raised. Getting that cold twice in one day is not acceptable in April. Traffic jam avoided we carried on our journey. Returning to sunshine remarkably quickly.

Sunshine on a Saturday, just what is needed!

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We were not up early enough to see this wonderful misty sunrise, but not too long later. Hugo, Lola and this weeks man of the week Ralph all had a good scamper on the beach while a couple of bobbers set forth for a low tide swim

The other bobbers present kept their clothes on and their body temperatures toasty.

I’m also collecting Bobbers in action for some future paintings.

All this sunshine set us up nicely for the drive to Wimbledon. A drive that was somewhat enlivened by Ice Cream from Otter Valley Farm.


Our bladders are the deciding factor on stopping on journeys. In truth Otter Nurseries is a little close to home but no one should ever drive past such gorgeous ice cream regardless of bladder status.

Better bladder timed, for us, is Teals Farm Shop

©Teals Farm
©Teals Farm


How wonderful to be able to travel a long distance and only use independent organisations. The A303 is improving .