Is it too early for roses?

Collingham, Notts.

6-8th Feb 2009

roses

After all the wintry weather of the past few weeks it was doubtful if we would make this rally, and we only live five miles away. We were expecting a cancellation telephone call at any time, especially on the Thursday prior to the rally. The 'phone call never came and as it happened neither did the expected heavy weekend snow.

Dave Hill had checked the weather forecast (every day) and had contacted the caretaker at Collingham for the latest site conditions and all was well, or as good as it could be. We arrived at lunch time and although the site was covered with snow we were sited with no problems.

The usual Friday get together was held in the pavilion, it is so good to have the use of a heated on site hall at this time of year. Back in the 'van it was a different story. We went to bed and turned off the gas fire, big mistake! The temperature in the night dropped to -5C and we knew it! We 've never been so cold. Needless to say the fire was left on the following night.

Saturday dawned to frozen aquarolls and a very icy site, although it was bright and sunny. We ventured out for a walk around Hartsholme Country Park near Lincoln. In the evening the hall was again the meeting place for a supper of fish & chips followed by one of Keith's famous Birmingham Quizes. (Apparently these questions are not available outside the West Mids.) The quiz was won by the Clive & Gill Bevan Team.

Flag was held on Sunday with all the usual formalities including the announcement of the adult competition winners. This competition was to design a Valentines card for your partner, including a poetic verse (including rude versions). The winners were Betty Patterson for the ladies and Karl Williams for the men. A hot drink and Dave's home made cakes went down a treat.

So the rally turned out to be a great success, a number of ralliers did not show due to the weather conditions but those that did had a great time and we hope to be back next year. Thanks to the marshals, David & Linda Hill and Keith & Diane Phipps.

John Fletcher

Collingham