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From Tea Shoppe to Shrubbery

Submitted by on Thursday, 15 October 2009One Comment

So, one weekend in 1993 we found ourselves on top of the Malvern Hills. We had been brought there by Polska Paul, who was obviously of Polish descent, but came from Malvern and so took us up onto the hills he was familiar with.

We were actually staying in Newent, Gloucestershire for the weekend, at Nicholson House which was the headquarters of the Federation of 18 Plus Groups, and also had accommodation for 16 people. There will be more about Nick House in future posts.

Anyway, whilst we were there this particular weekend we went for a hike up the Malvern Hills, from a quarry at one side, up onto the top of one hill, along the path to the top of the next where we had a rest.

Nookie, Wadd, Helen, Wendy-woo, Fish, The Git, Polska Paul and Andy Animal sat on a rock

From here we walked down towards the town of Malvern itself, because Andy Animal said he knew where there was Ye Olde Tea Shoppe… he lies !
I was never quite sure why he thought he knew where a tea shop was on the outskirts of Malvern which is what, 180 miles away from his house, but he was convinced that when we got down to the road and walked just around the corner we would find a tea shop.

So we walked for about another mile, and did we find a Tea Shop ?

No… we didn’t find a tea shop… but we did find an Indian… unfortunately not a Take-away either… not even an Indian really, more of a native American…

Nookie, Wadd, The Git, Andy Animal, A Native American, Polska Paul and Dave,
all looking for a Tea Shoppe

So still thirsty and in search of refreshment we walked onwards still under the direction of Andy Animal who still swore there was a Tea Shoppe just around the next corner. Why we believed him I’ll never know because we rarely believe anything else he says without corroborative evidence… maybe we were just swayed by the idea that as this was the tourist town of Malvern there would be plenty of tea shops.

So, we walked around the next corner… and the next and the one after that, and a few more, and did we find a tea shop ? ? ? No. We found a shrubbery. (If you know your Monty Python you’ll understand the significance of a shrubbery, ‘Ni!’)

shrubberyNookie, Andy Animal and The Git examining the shrubbery
(okay, so Nookie is dressed as Rupert Bear and Andy Animal does have 2 inch turn ups on his jeans and an exceedingly low gusset, but he always dressed like that)

We never found the fabled Tea Shoppe, and I know we somehow got back to Nicholson House… I seem to remember that we headed back to the hills and while the others hung around eating ice-cream from an ice cream van in a car park,¬†Polska, Dave and I trekked back to our cars ¬†and drove round to pick the others up.

One Comment »

  • Wadd said:

    Who were Polska Paul and Dave? I’ve no recollection of them whatsoever.

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