One the first day of the Apple Festival at Brogdale - the day 'Molluscs and Me' the paperback got launched, a friend suggested I should have called it 'With Snails and I' - rather witty I thought! Here's me launching it:

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It doesn't look as though it was actually raining at that particular moment but, as it usual on Festival Days, the rest of the time it was.Indoors it was apples as far as the eye could see and a long line of people with strange apples in their hands waiting to get them identified.

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I managed to get away from the stall long enough to get some photos of some fellow stallholders but i was kept pretty busy on Saturday with visitors wanting to know more about snails.

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It was good to see Bessie's caravan there so I was guaranteed my fix of green tea and a slice of some wonderful apple, blackberry and almind cake. She was undercover too so need to get wet while feasting.

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Corinne was there as usual with her Creative Kitchen curries. One thing I value when I've been out all day talking about snails is the chance to take home a delicious curry so I can put my feet up instead of cooking. Putting up and taking down a market stall, getting everything in and out of the car, and standing up all day in between is quite exhausting. After a while in the onslaught of the relentless rain, the stall cover started to leak and drip on me and the books. It sagged as it filled with water and then when the wind got underneath it suddenly emptied itself down the necks of the passers - by. Not very good for customer relations! Perhaps next time it won't rain.

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