“Who Won?”

After yesterday’s two posts it seemed fitting to feature a normal lunchtime at home involving 

a salad based meal eaten from a plate placed on our knees in front of our television, watching

Antiques Road Trip which pits two experts in the field travelling together across the UK, each beginning with £200 to spend on items taken to a series of auctions, after each of which accumulative profits or losses are calculated, the winner being the one emerging on the last afternoon with the most money in their kitty.

Today’s “Really” recording featured Stephanie Connell, seen here, and Charlie Ross. Sometimes I sleep through the final stages and wake up to ask Jackie “who won?”

In the rare event that I remain awake for the whole programme we might catch ten minutes or so of the much dumbed down 

Bargain Hunt, in which two pairs, each with a £300 starting sum, have one hour in which to spend their money and take their items to auction. The team that finishes with the most profit or the least loss is the winner and takes home any profit.

Today’s location was Newark Showground, which I often visited when we lived in this historic midlands market town.

Sometimes I even sleep through BBC’s One o’clock News which I like to follow.

Today Ben Brown features the England Women’s rugby squad, who are favourites to win the current world cup.

This evening we dined on Jackie’s succulent sausage casserole, crunchy carrots, creamy mashed potatoes, and tender green beans with which she drank Hoegaarden and I drank more of the Bordeaux.


  1. At first glance I mistook the red object for a pomegranate! It seemed an odd accompaniment for the rest of the supper. LOL. We have a similar show about people spending a set amount of money, refurbishing the items and having to sell them at a flea market. It is very calming though completely irrelevant to my life.

  2. Sounds like a nice relaxing day with some delicious meals! YAY! 🙂
    The shows sound fun and interesting! 🙂
    Growing up, when we’d catch my dad sound asleep in front of the TV (usually a sporting event or game) and we’d change the channel…he’s wake right up and say, “I was just resting my eyes.” 😉 😀
    (((HUGS))) 🙂

  3. Antique Road Trip hasn’t played out here since before covid. Charlie Hanson against Phil Serril was a favourite episode.

    Bargain Hunt is a week nightly tea time program but the episodes are all mixed up. A Tim Wannacott episode is rarely played. Anita Manning and Natasha Raskin Sharp presenters are the most played episodes but Eric Knowles isn’t popular here with us or our neighbours.

    Ooohhh We haven’t had a sausage casserole for a long time.

  4. I often wonder who it is that buys all the antiques. Is there a world of dealers where goods just go round in an endless circle or do some end up in actual homes?

    1. Strangely enough, I was given a birthday present by my sister in law that she bought from the shop of one of the experts on these programmes. My sister, Elizabeth buys from other dealers to stock her own rented cabinet.

  5. Your description of the reality show and its somnolent supervision by you is amusing. Having been a keen watcher of women’s cricket, I am tempted to watch women’s rugby championship.

  6. Your recent focus on food has been interesting. Several times over many years I have wished to be a fly on the wall of the neighbours in our suburb to see what we have all chosen to eat on a particular day. This is often prompted by the interesting smell of food cooking. We all eat, yet we choose different combinations. It is those combinations that I find interesting.

    1. Thanks very much, Anne. I may have said that very early on in my blog I once added our evening meal, and afterwards my niece, Danni, commented that she couldn’t sleep until she knew what her uncle had for dinner. There began a custom which echoed Pepys’s “and so to bed”

  7. I’m glad to hear that I’m not the only one who falls asleep in front of the television. This week I even missed about an hour of Manchester City playing Copenhagen. Unforgivable!

      1. I’m dosed with paracetamol and I feel a little better than I did yesterday. Thank you, Derrick.
        I’m planning a day at home doing nothing.
        But it’s business as usual for your images.

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