‘How do you like your eggs in the morning?
I like mine with a kiss.’
That’s what the jazz band were playing at the Horse and Jockey on Chorlton Green yesterday. The heat may have left us for a while the blue sky days are back and, in spite of the early morning rain, Chorlton was up and about to enjoy one of the first markets of the season on the green.
The market was busy. Lots of stalls, nice food, stuff you don’t need but want, a BBQ, cold beer and wine. And lots of a Chorlton people enjoying their Saturday afternoon in this pleasant suburb.
And it wasn’t just the people. The Chorlton doggies were out in force, making their way along Beech Road to the Green to take part in the dog show that was happening later that afternoon. Most of them were well behaved, as you would expect of dogs in Chorlton, but one or two were a little overexcited at seeing so many other strange dogs. They had set up a dog agility course to help decide which dog was best in show. Some of the early arrivals were having a run through the course. To be honest, it didn’t look good for their chances. Oh well, it’s the taking part, not the winning.
I did think that Betty & Butch, Chorlton’s dog lifestyle store, might be here but they weren’t. They have been in the past and their store is just a couple of hundred metres from here on the other side of Beech Park. After the loss of Duke, their dog, maybe they didn’t feel up to it. I called in on my way past. The good news is that they have decided to adopt another dog from the Manchester Dog’s Home. She’s called Molly. She will never replace Duke of course but I’m sure she will go a long way to easing the pain. When she’s settled into her new home, doubtless she will become part of the staff at Betty & Butch and I’ll go in to see her.