Sunday, 3 July 2011

7 DAYS WITH MUGGINS by Guest Blogger: Milly the Brownie

Last week my youngest daughter had to look after "Milly the Brownie" (the Brownie pack mascot).  She was very enthusiastic about it:  "I need to look after her and care for her every day for a whole week", she said.
She lasted approximately 4 hours.

For the rest of the time it was just Milly and Muggins (me). So this week I am handing over to guest blogger: Milly the Brownie and her photographic record of 7 days in Bury St Edmunds...... 

Camera-phone photos by Mama Tiara 
Words by Milly the Brownie (don't ask)

Well, here we are on our first stop:  The Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds
It's a garden on the site of the old Abbey (see what they did there?)
It's very popular with tourists and the local teenagers
Nice lawn....

These are the ruins of the old Abbey (well, they certainly look spoiled to me)
That's St Edmundsbury Cathedral in the background just popping up from behind the bushes
The local teenagers like to sit around here -
In fact, there's probably a couple of them on the other side of that wall right now...

Ah, now this is the Angel Hotel.
It's on Angel Hill (hmm, seems to be a pattern forming here)
Previous guests are rumoured to include Angelina Jolie, Pierce Brosnan and Charles Dickens (who mentioned it in the Pickwick Papers)
I don't think they were here all at the same time though
And what the dickens Angelina Jolie was doing round these parts, goodness only knows......she might have been lost or something....
Nice car

Anyway, they hold a large market here in the main town square every Wednesday and Saturday.
The stall-holders all have very nasally voices and sound like cockneys.
They shout things like:

"C'mon gells. Git yer best b'nanas 'ere - only a panned-a-panned!"

Which roughly translated means:

"Lovely ladies.  Do come and buy our exotic fresh bananas.  You can purchase 16 ounces of them for only 100 of the Queen's English pennies. Which is a very reasonable  price indeed!"

Back home
She says she is on a diet, but I can't say Muggins would qualify for a Brownies "healthy eating" badge...

Although her 5-a-day regime does seem to include an awful lot of grapes....

Oh dear, she says I have to stop embarrassing her.
So she has dragged me out again to the new(ish) shopping centre in Bury St Edmunds
Which is nice...
Ooh look!  You can just see Debenhams there in the background - and it looks like Clarks are having a bit of a sale as well
Now we are off to her favourite haunt.  The place where she seems to spend most of her time (and money)

NO, NO!!!! Not there!!
You silly Brownie!

Ah, this is where you can find her most days.  Earplugs in. Skinny latte and a laptop.  
She pretends she is writing a world-famous, blockbuster novel that will be turned into an Oscar winning film, with Colin Firth playing the leading man.
However, I can tell you that behind that screen, she is actually reading the latest copy of Grazia and checking on Twitter
Oh, no....I've gone too far....she's grabbing me by my plaits...Ouch! that hurts..... Brownie battering...that's what this is.... Gahh, she's stuffing me back in her bag and threatening to return me to Brown Owl....Let me out...LET ME OUT!!....I HAVE BROWNIE RIGHTS YOU KNOW.......

Well, thank you Milly the Brownie for that in-depth and educational look at everyday life in Suffolk.  The Bury St Edmunds Tourist Board will get back to you....


  1. Awesome! That was some serious effort on your part but I am sure she's appreciated it. Milly looks like she really enjoyed herself!

  2. Thankyou - and no photoshop was involved in this production! She's back where she belongs now, so I can drink my latte and write my award-winning novel in peace.....flicks through Grazia....