Scenes From the Fete…

By Alison May 25, 2010 10 Comments 2 Min Read

And so it was that on a gloriously hot day, of which these pictures hardly do it justice, Finley and I set out in hats and sun-block to the school fete: an annual event resplendant with all you would expect from such an occasion. And donkeys. Though we could hardly be said to be beside the sea.
There was also barbeque teeming with self-important Daddies in very serious stripy aprons , hook-a-duck, an assault course, a coconut shy, stocks, a bouncy castle, an ice cream van, face painting, many, many, many home-made cakes, a football competition, a set of Nana’s and Grandads selling plants and shrubs, and in an unexpected turn of events, Finleys Daddy (and my ex-pretend-husband) Mark, his Dad and his brother, with not a wife to pick between them, presumably because they all fell out the same mould. All of which made for a rather perculiar day of splitting myself in half to a) be polite for the sake of harmony and b) do a rather excellent job of pretending I wasn’t with them.
Still my little, big boy babba had a lovely time…
Finley having his face painted...
He had a very melty bat painted on his face in the most lethally, clothes ruining, messy black paint…
Laughed hysterically when his Mummy walked smack bang into a herd of cantering donkeys…
Finley on a donkey...
Took a ride himself, or the first time without hysteria, because he’s sooooo grown up. Sob.
Rubber Ducks
Hooked a duck…
Finley and the burger...
And finally got himself his very own gluten-free burger courtesy of the Barbequing Daddies, which swiftly ended up all over his yellow face. He loved his burger, but not quite as much as he loved the bouncy castle. In fact, all the kids loved the bouncy castle. I have been researching bouncy castles hire perth in anticipation of Finley’s next birthday party – I think I’m more excited than him.
After a rather violent turn on the bouncy castle ended in black face paint melting in a gloopy, oily mass, he declared himself blind and ran around in a circle, like a dog chasing it’s tail. The screaming ab-dabs promptly followed. Until Daddy scooped him up and carried him home, and an ice cream procured along the way added to the mess and joyously fixed the drama.
Ah there is nothing quite like a school fete is there?


  1. Sasha says:

    There is just nothing that says 'English Summer' like a school fete is there?? Great photos – and gosh, Finley DOES suddenly look so grown up and TALL!!! (or was he on a particularly small donkey??).
    And…. I am drooling at the look of that VERY authentic looking gluten free burger in a soft, dreamy looking bun……. the sort of burger I have craved since being unable to eat wheat or gluten too (and the sort that still eludes me, no matter how hard I try – what is it with gluten free buns/breeze blocks???). How considerate and clever of the bbq-ing dads?!!! Where can I get me one of them???!!!! x

    1. Brocante says:

      Nope, not a diddy donkey, all of a sudden he's tall, tis astonishing and scary…
      Now then presuming its a gluten free burger you want and not a bbq-ing Dad, I do believe I can help you because twas me who provided the ingredients and the Dad's who did a fine job of bbqing it while avoiding the ever present horror of cross contamination…
      K, so it was an Asda "Taste the Best" range burger, (which is currently the only one I can find gluten free at the moment) and a brand new type of bun from the lovely people at Glutafin who will send you a sample if you say pretty please.
      The buns are the best we've found so far, and go almost soft when warmed, and aren't quite as flaky and yukky as most, so with a big squirt of Heinz tomato sauce, Finn's a happy chicken.

      1. Sasha says:

        Thank you so much for the info! (Ok, I will admit, I already have a bbq-ing Dad, so was really after the food!). I will be scouring Asda when next there, and shall be looking on t'internet tout suite for Glutafin then! Fab. Yep, burgers are indeed rubbish at being gluten free – even really expensive high meat content organic jobs from the butcher……. I guess I COULD make my own, but hey ho…..
        Tell you what tho, Marks and Spencer happen to do the BEST sausages, in scrummy flavours, that just so happen to be gluten free by sheer good fortune (read the labels just in case they change since I found them tho. They're not sold as gluten free, but ingredients particularly lists it uses a gluten free crumb in the mix!). I can particularly recommend the Beef and Tewksbury mustard variety, which BBQ to perfection and everyone enjoyed. Such a relief when you find something delicious AND gluten free! Good old M&S. xx

  2. Stacy says:

    Finley is an absolute doll!!! His face looked super cool with that bat.
    Our school fairs are in the evenings in the school gymnasium. My son was looking at these pics with me and said he wanted donkeys at his fair. lol
    Looks like you guys had a wonderful time and there is certainly something to be said for seeing a mateless ex, isn't there? lol

    1. Brocante says:

      Donkeys in the gym is a spell for disaster isn't it?? Lovely as they are, they simply aren't the most fragrant of animals…
      And yep finn is a doll but doesn't he just know it?!?x

  3. Carlie says:

    So wonderfully described! I laughed until my childbirth tender sides ached. Lovely Tuesday morning reading.
    My recent post Bopping Along With Baby

  4. Gena says:

    Wow but Finley has grown! he looks like a real big boy as opposed to the little baba we are used to seeing here! glad you had nice weather for the fete,last year it poured down for Lucys and it was held indoors,pandemonium!

  5. Leslie Anne says:

    Oh honey! That last photograph is the sweetest, most adorable one of your baba that I've seen thus far! Complete and utter satisfaction with life! What a joy to behold! And yes, he is growing, isn't he?
    P.S. Please check your email!

  6. Just gotta say – I love his hair!

  7. Ginger says:

    My gracious… I've never noticed how much he looks like you! That last picture is so cute!

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