The next big thing

‘I went to see a fortune teller. She said that she could see a number of foreign looking people and that I would be taking a trip into the unknown. So I did’.

This Thursday, 28 November, 7.30pm at Upton Library, I will be reading excerpts from letters I wrote home from my sabbatical year in France. If you want to know what it’s like to be a middle-aged woman who has run away from home, please come along.

There is a £2 entry fee towards the funds of Friends For Upton Library.

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A select number of intrepid contestants braved the elements tonight to participate in the F4UL biannual quiz. There were sufficient numbers to comprise three competitive teams who, despite Upton Eyes photographic evidence, were not asleep and were a great deal more enthusiastic than these pictures might suggest on first glance.


These two, having been abandoned by fellow team members in pursuit of biscuits and photo opportunities, are left to puzzle out the anagram section. Actually, we did quite well on this round coming joint first. We also did well on the tie break, also coming joint first and even better on a question relating to the weight of the world’s largest pumpkin which secured the chocolates for Table One.

DSCF4958I hate to be controversial but these monthly events arranged by the Friends for Upton Library could be better attended given that it’s an inexpensive evening out arranged by volunteers. I just hope there’s more of you next month when, on 28 November, yours truly will be reading from letters written home from a lost year in France.

In the meantime, grateful thanks to Jean & Peter for putting tonight’s quiz together and presenting it so efficiently.


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All the fun of…


There was rather a lot of country type stuff going on over at Upton Country Park at the weekend. Animals of one breed or another featured prominently during this spell of fine weather. Click on the photos and see if you can spot anyone you know.




On the right is a well-trained gun dog who’s spotted someone or something of interest in the audience.

Below, are another three specimens preparing for that popular game, rope-spinning dogs. Get ready – they’ll be up in the air any minute.








In this interesting Dorset game parents make their offspring chase terriers along two pieces of rope. The winner gets that orange cone for a prize DSCF4895







While the older ones are occupied elsewhere, some folk try to make off with baby cars that they’ve camouflaged with spare a piece of turf. Looks like she’s already managed to fit the matching scooter in her bag. But she doesn’t know that lot behind have got her number.



This chap’s so bored he’s propped himself against a horse and is considering a nap. Or has he spotted a more interesting breed?

Oh yes – that could be it. Looks as if that woman was apprehended: the baby car’s been dumped




A small but hopeful group rested awhile under the impression that Punch & Judy might appear after the bloke doing the audition for the new Doctor Who stopped practising his script


This was my favourite. What do you think’s going on here?

DSCF4888Yes, you’re right. It’s that old favourite –

‘Let’s abuse a ferret’.



You know how it goes:

First of all you walk around and swing them about in the air for a bit. Then you shake them around, rub them up the wrong way, roll them in the grass and finally force them down tubes. The first one to escape into the crowd and nip an ankle is the winner





Had enough animals? Time to pay that fella in the blue shirt a fiver to tie your kids to the human catapult while you scurry off to the beer tent. Something for everyone at the country fair.DSCF4885

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Carnival – the true story

DSCF4746Almost the hottest day in the history of Dorset – just perfect for the Upton & Lytchett Minster Carnival. What could possibly go wrong? It certainly started well but there was a bit of a hiccup at the crossroads. See if you can spot yourself below. And – excellent effort by all those involved!










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Carnival time


The weather is perfect for our carnival this Saturday (13th).

The procession will start at 1pm in Factory Road, proceed down Dorchester Road and terminate between 2 – 2.30pm at the rugby club.

See you there!

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How does your garden grow?

alchemy medaffodils 00310 July?






That’s the day after tomorrow


Better get watering! The Upton in Bloom spies are coming.

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Early warning!

roundaboutAnnie Hobell has written to Upton Eyes with news that the Bakers Arms roundabout will be completely closed between 7pm on 4 October and 6am on 7 October. There’s no escape!

Annie politely suggests this will have a ‘big impact’ – a euphemism for ‘carnage’.

Could be worse – at least we don’t live in Wareham.

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