Great Tew Beer Festival, 2009

(This is not a post about beer, by the way.  This is a post about a village.) The sunlight has been disappearing and reappearing all day.  We arrive under a blaze of blue sky and I'm tempted by the ale.  A whole tableful of ales, £3 each.  We go outside and stand in a pool of the sort of warmth that is too rare this summer.  It takes about ten minutes for it to start raining--raining hard.  Time for another pint.  I've reached my ale-maximum, one pint, so I try the Hereford perry.  Smooth,DSC00309_2 sweet, and dangerous.  At a certain point it gets dark and then it gets a little cold, so I go inside to warm up.  I sit with my feet up in a corner of the pub.  Maybe it's the perry, but I can't get this silly grin off my face.  There's a live band playing music.  I've lost track of my tasting sheet but I wasn't doing much with it anyway.  We decide to dance, for a bit, and then Joe, who's a bit of a local celebrity, with his red face and his Oxfordshire accent and his penchant for skirts and heels, reveals the denim mini-skirt and fishnet tights he's been wearing under his trousers, paired with a dirty t-shirt and a pair of slip-0n trainers.  "If I'd known it was gonna be this kind of night," he says, "I'd've put me heels on."

Before bed the Man and I lie down in the wet grass to admire the stars.  The next morning my trousers are still wet and my blazer is stained, and I can't for the life of me remember which ale I tried and what I thought of it, other than that it tasted ale-y and made my mouth warm, but it's okay, because I can go to the shop next door and get a croissant and the papers and spend the day reading outside.  My choice?  The Idler #42, with an article, conveniently enough, on the very village I'm in.