May started with a peculiar interloper at the Ramsbottom British Legion asking if I'd tried Banana Bread or Brewndoggle beers, and it ended with me walking around in an aimless circular tour of the bar at Birmingham's Head of Steam taking selfies with a cuddly cauliflower..
Such are the contrasting atmospheres which make GBG pub ticking the most rewarding of hobbies.
44 new GBG pub ticks (plus 2 pre-emptives), this is the first time this year that I haven't broken my monthly record. I did 55 in May 2021.
But I'm not too concerned by that, quite relieved actually, because since about mid April, somewhere 'twixt epic Berkshire catch up and Manchester Punk Festival, I decided (in conjunction with bank balance and tummy) that I'd gone in a bit too hard on 2022 ticking, and reining it in a bit seemed wise.
Finishing North Yorkshire, Durham and Hertfordshire have been the main achievements. We've seen significant gains in Lancashire and Greater Manchester, and the Staffordshire 'green dream' is still alive after a couple of long overdue, morale boosting visits.
Here's the match highlights .....
|'Colin, plays it to Dewhurst ... 1-0. It's there! Herts completed. Liquid football from BRAPA F.C.'|
|'Played inside to Daddy BRAPA! He's only gone and grabbed a second. North Yorks down'|
|'Colin ... good lofted through ball, Brecon the Sheep, on his debut ... GOOOALLL, 3-0, Durham beaten'|
|Keane Lewis Otter, through on goal ..... but Lancashire denies him from making it 4!|
|'Everitt, in space .... but Greater Manchester keeps him out yet again'|
|Canine Club, Accrington|
|Robin Hood Inn, Helmshore|
And plenty of others could've easily made the top five, like Red Lion in Cotherstone, Lord Nelson in Appleton Wiske, Cross Keys Hotel in Hednesford, Crown in Elford and Brown Bear, Braughing.
|Crown Inn, Elford|