Dear stingrays, I hear you are in the area now, attracted by the warm shallow water near the beach for mating and giving birth. Apparently, even if we are only a very short distance from the water’s edge, we should all adopt the ‘Stingray Shuffle’ if we are walking in the water – dragging our feet heavily rather than stepping – because the vibrations will send you on your way. I am more than happy to do that if it means I avoid your sting.
Dear San Diego County Fair, I really enjoyed my visit to you on Tuesday last week. You say you are the largest county fair in the United States and I can believe it. There was so much to see, and do, that we were quite spoiled for choice. We did our best to try and see as much as we could, but it was impossible to see everything. We managed to catch the piglet racing (although just the last race unfortunately), a Monster Truck competition, pigs in fancy dress, the butterfly house, garden displays. a model railroad and the livestock barns with many, many cows, pigs, goats and sheep being shown. There were lots of displays of arts and crafts (knitting, sewing, quilting, paper craft, baking etc) from competitions that had been running and we could see who had won ribbons for their efforts. There was wine and beer tasting and a whole barn full of information about sweets and their history (and a few free samples). There were hundreds of food stalls to tempt all tastes and then there was, of course, the fair ground. We tried the ferris wheel and got wonderful views over to the ocean on one side, and across the fair site on the other. The other rides were a bit too wild and twirly for us, so we passed on them. I want to mention how well organised your parking was, and how quickly you moved people around. We opted for the offsite parking and that was very efficient – free parking in a local college car park where a fleet of buses were waiting to whisk us off to the fair grounds and drop us right by the entrance. It was an excellent day out, thank you.
Dear new houses nearby, I confess to suffering from a bit of mailbox envy. Now that you are almost ready for your first residents, the final touches are being added. One of those final touches is a nice white mailbox at the front of each house – the kind with the red flag on the side. I’d like to have had one of them, which I could have decorated in my own way, but we have one of those commercial metal banks of boxes at the end of the road, and we have a key for our own little door. I know it’s efficient for the post person to drop the mail, but I had always fancied the idea of having my own mail box outside my house.
Dear 4th of July, Well, we had a lovely day, thank you. The weather was, of course, fine so everyone could spend as much of it outdoors as the wanted to. We opted for brunch in a bakery we hadn’t tried before, and then headed for the beach for a walk, and to sit on the rocks and watch the world go by. It was good to see so many people dressed in patriotic colours and some houses were displaying extra flags, patriotic bunting and pleated fans on their porches and balconies. We saw a few cars and motorbikes that were decorated too, and one open topped car had a flag so large that the driver was in danger of being enveloped in it. The day was rounded of with fireworks as far as the eye could see from about 8.30 pm. We had a great vantage point just at the back of our house, which is on one of the many hills in the area. Although one set of fireworks was quite a bit closer than all the rest, it was still interesting to be able to see, and hear, so many at the same time. I think an excellent day was had by all.
Have a good Friday everyone.