Friday, 5 October 2012

The Rector's Bun's

John & James- two semi finalists in the Bake off!
The Italian restaurant that we took the vicar to produced a so-so kind of meal, but we had quite a Jolly time because as it turned out, the Robert is quite a fan of BBC's The Great British Bake off, so over a glass of Chianti we conspiratorially slagged off the know all Brendan and waxed lyrically over the virtues of John's recent gingerbread Colosseum.
The vicar  confided to us that he was in fact a dab hand at the old baking lark, so immediately I struck a bit of a coup and conscripted him for entries in our 2013 Trelawnyd Flower Show!
The village ladies and I  will be wetting ourselves in anticipation of seeing just how well his Victoria sponge turns out!.....
Here's hoping he can come up with the goods!
The challenge is ON!
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ps I also just want to say a quick thank you to all of the readers of this daily diary. For some obscure reason I am now having around 1000 page view hits daily and up to 400 people log in for updates on my sheep taming, chicken tales and my own, slightly obscure reality stories of village life.
It's a small life to share, but I am grateful for being able to do so, it's my therapy
hey ho x

75 comments:

  1. I'm sure the Vicar's cake will be Heavenly !

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  2. Johns Colesseum was really good but the old barn that James made was brilliant ........ bloody Brendan needs to get out of the '70's hole that he's in !! Shame Cathryn went .... I liked her.
    Sounds as if dinner was a success and that 'Robert' is now your BFF ! XXXX

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    1. cathryn was a sweetie....and a very funny lady.....james is my new favourite with the delightful Danny as close second

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  3. Oooooops .....was so determined to spell Colosseum right that I became like Hyacinth Buckets neighbour and messed it up !!

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  4. I am amazed that you resisted calling this post, 'The Rector's Buns'. Is he a reader?

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    1. changed just for you! and yes he does!

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    2. Thanks. You've made my day.

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  5. I love that boy's knits...

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  6. Does he make Tarts? You could have a Vicar and his Tarts afternoon!

    And if he's reading; Hello Vicar!

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  7. A thousand hits a day, from all over the world, even Darkest Africa, and 400 subscribers, doesn't that say something?

    Write a flaming E Book for goodness sake! Sift through your vast literary output and edit them into four books about village life, Spring in Trelawnyd, Summer in..., Autumn, Winter for example.

    I see children's books as well: 'Nurse John Feeds the Animals', 'Nurse John Goes to Town' (perhaps not that one), 'Nurse John Cleans his Berlingo' (you could get some serious sponsorship from the manufacturers of heavy duty detergents).

    Look, it's only an idea but I reckon you are missing a trick.

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    1. I agree with Hippo. It could be along the lines of 'A Year in Provence', but with more chickens.

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    2. john cleans the berlingo!
      that made me larf!

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  8. Surely the rectum will be especially good at baking bread to save money at holy communion... I think Mr Hippopotamus is on to something there. There could even be a linked TV series a bit like "The Victorian Farm" but called "The Welsh Village"...Cue rustic theme music "And now BBC one returns to Trelawnyd where plans for the annual flower show are in full swing..."....."Hi! I'm Earl Gray and this is my village..."

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    1. perhaps you could "pen" the first series screenplay
      but be kind when you are casting me! I expect some lovely hunk will be playing my role!

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    2. "be kind when you are casting me! I expect some lovely hunk will be playing my role!"

      Agreed. Are you free next Monday?

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    3. EARL - You will be "played" by none other than Matt Cardle...err, or should that be played with... Can't remember.

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  9. Both of those little boys look like winners to me! ;-)

    Yes, John, you are very popular. I can see why! You are the sweetheart of the internet!

    XXX

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  10. I love reading about your antics John, it brightens my day and you never fail to make me laugh...it's good therapy for me also so keep up the good work.
    Jo xx

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  11. I have been reading all the way back-you have the same quality of writing that could spawn a series. A bit like the Larkin's with a twist, or The Englishman who went up a hill and came down a Mountain. People like Characters and daily adventures and your diary/blog is rich with both.

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    1. who will play me on tv I wonder?
      tee hee

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  12. Congratulations on the great success of your blog. It's well-deserved and it's no small life you describe. I was disappointed, however, that there was no photo of the rector's buns.

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  13. Very sneaky to "trick" him into an entry to the Flower Show, John...touche' Congrats on all the traffic....ha, if I were half as witty xx

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  14. John, I am not surprised that your blog gets so many visitors. It is "must" reading for me everyday.

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  15. I'm just sorry I don't have time to read you every day....it's a pleasure when I do get to you.

    I have to disagree with you about Catherine though. I liked her to start with but found her little girliness a bit tiring as she gained confidence! I'm rooting for James and John now. Is it just me, or should Sue do something about her choice of teenage boy trouser style? Other than that, she's gorgeous....

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  16. Sitting here in a small corner in Kansas you are one of the bright spots in my day! I can see a BBC comedy series in the making with each days stories...you are a lovely man!

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  17. you make the most mundane tasks into a story we all want to read, well done......

    Gill in Canada

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  18. I start my mornings with coffee and your blog everyday. I would tell my mother about some of your adventures before she passed away. I would say, Mama I read this fellas blog that lives in Wales and today I thought I would die laughing when...!

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  19. I'm sure his cake will be divine...
    ...I've heard that Mark Zuckerberg will be calling you for tips...

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  20. I read your post everyday, but I haven't left a comment before. I just want you to know that you have such a gift with words, you help start my day off with a good laugh. I'm from a small town in Southern Indiana so I don't always understand what you're talking about but I look forward to the small glimpse into your life. I speak southern Hoosier, which if you don't know is a language all it's own - LOL! Keep sharing your life, even what you think is mundane, it's a bright spot in alot of people's day!

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    1. It is very kind of you to say! I appreciated it

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  21. Many thanks John, its my therapy too.

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  22. John you have a imaginative way with words, when i feel tired from all my daily duty's all i have to do is read your blog to cheer me up.
    You have boundless energy to tackle all that you have to do on a daily basis.

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  23. Dear One, YOU are my daily therapy. I get to my classroom and immediately log on to read your adventures. I sometimes read some of it to my students. So you seem to be the blog 'heard round the world'. thanks for it and you two. Dianne in Texas

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    1. oMG
      I will have to be careful of my occassionally colourful language then!!!

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  24. The Flower Show never ends, it just goes underground for awhile. I hope the Vicar knows what he's gotten himself into!

    Do you know, I saw links and comments about your blog for the longest time, but resisted reading because I already had so many to keep up with. Now, as with hundreds of others, I am a happy addict. In spite of your protests in regards to your true nature, your humanity makes up for many, many of the Blue Meanies out there on the interwebs.

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    1. mememememememe!I love it xxx

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  25. WHen you write that children's book be sure to add Gladys your neighbor to your list and her scones.. She would be a delightful addition to your book..
    Get busy..I love your blog and I would buy the first book. signed of course..
    ta ta for now from Iowa:)

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    1. you WILL be the first!!!!

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  26. your blog is becoming more and more like a 1970s sitcom by the day.....all we need are a few "ooh matrons", "dont mind if i dos" and "is that an apple puree stain on your pantaloons ?" and we are back in the days of Sid james and kenneth Williams ...and i have to say it is all the better for it !....

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    1. and your impression of Charles Hawtrey is legendary!!!

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  27. I'm guessing that the lovely Chris just rolls his eyes.
    Jane x

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    1. they are like two large marbles in a jam jar

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  28. Tis true for me too. I start my day by pouring myself a cuppa, firing up the laptop, and then log in to see what John the dogs and his entourage are up to way over there in Wales. It's also through your blog that I found the delightful Donna, Tom, dear Cro and several others...for which I must thank you.

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    1. that as very sweet of you to say! x

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  29. I've been a follower from the beginning John. I have actually collapsed laughing at some of your posts (lost my breath I did). I remember one post, can't find it now - when you had the dogs in the back of the car, you'd been to the beach, and one of them messed in the car. Well, John, I thought I was going to have a coronary. Long may you keep it up. You cheer us all up - just what we need.

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    1. lorraine
      I remember it well!
      here is the post!
      http://disasterfilm.blogspot.co.uk/2007/02/hell-is.html

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    2. Thanks John. Just read it again, and laughed as much as the first time I read it x

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  30. John, you get the hits because you are amusing, often educational, and downright fantastic! I thank YOU!!!

    Nancy in Iowa

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  31. I'm not surprised at the 1000 daily hits. People love an inside account of village life, I think blogs like that always attract masses of readers. Trouble is, you have to keep living up to their expectations!

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  32. Congratulations! PS Does he have a good scone recipe?

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    1. I am sure he has read your coment! I hope he leaves you a blog message!!

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  33. I think your blog is funny, honest and interesting with just a tad of the OOer missus!! I'm glad you get so many hits, you clearly have a real love for blogging.

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    1. Like I said...it's my therapy xxx

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  34. Add me to your list of faithful readers, if I have time for just one blog read before heading out, it's yours !
    Starts my day with a smile. I find myself chuckling about something you have shared throughout the day, yes...it's therapy for us all :)
    Simply amazing what you accomplish each day !
    Thanks for sharing your world with us.
    ~Jo

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  35. That hits graph is a bit spiky for me. I love the map of the world with all the countries colored in. Mine has blank spots, but I know yours is solid green. Love you.

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  36. Morning coffee wouldn't be the same without a visit to Trelawnyd. Jx

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  37. Your readership should not be that surprising. Your blog is endlessly entertaining, full of daily life on the farm with never a dull moment!

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  38. Your blog has that homespun, funny, real quality of the James Herriot books -- characters and animals included. I'm not surprised to hear you have over 1000 daily hits.

    janet

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  39. Men who can cook....how I wish I had married one of those. Although I will say, the hubs knows where the peanut butter is stored lol.
    I love your blog John...wouldn't miss it.

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  40. I think, 'The Rector's Buns' would be a brilliant sequel to Calender Girls' and John Alderton (if they could make him look 20 years younger) would be perfect playing you.

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  41. well, you're quite a nice chap... totally nuts but we love you x

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  42. Reporting in from New Zealand...you're my go-to guy in the mornings, John. The first thing i do every morning (after I've made a pot of coffee) is read your blog while I'm drinking it. Incidentally, we're just gearing up for our village flower show coming up in November. Rather a small affair compared to yours!

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  43. Thank YOU John for allowing us to view a smidge of your life... even across the pond!
    Ruth in California

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  44. The first thing I do in the morning after arriving at the office is pour my coffee and then sit and read your latest post. I can't tell you how many times I have spoiled my shirt with coffee stains whilst in a fit of laughter.

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  45. I'm thinking George Clooney...

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  46. I read your posts everyday......all the way from Wisconsin USA!!! Brightens my day and warms my heart.

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  47. I love you John (but not in a face-licky way.......rofl)
    Susan xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  48. I read this blog every day and absolutely love it. Pathos, Giggles, animal tales - makes me smile every time and you deserve every one of your views and comments xx

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  49. Haha. Awesome about the Vicar!
    Have a great weekend, John!

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  50. I love reading your blog, John. And I often return to read the comments because a lot of your readers are quite clever as well.

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