So today was the day, and, needless to say, we arose bright and early and with great anticipation. And then we had to sit there for a while, because the place is only about a 5-minute drive away, and we didn't want to turn up 3 hours early and look like idiots. Still, it was a useful time to practice behaving like normal people.
So we get there, and there's no sign of Nick, so we wander around looking at plants and the bouncy castle and stuff. And then we spot Nick talking to local politician-and-pointy-man Jim Shannon:
Then we spend Quite Some Time wandering about trying not to get caught on tv looking gormless (because they're filming this and it's going to be on tv sometime - I will, of course, let you know when I find out when). We managed to sneak into the speeches, and then everyone trooped outside for the grand opening:
|Getting ready for the ribbon-cutting|
|Nick Off The Apprentice doing his pre-ribbon-cutting speech|
|Me with Nick; going well, not gibbering|
|Getting a little over-excited, and earning a disapproving grimace... TOTAL WIN!!!|
Nick was wearing a green suit with a bright green tie and bright green socks, which I rather liked.
After all that excitement, we went off to buy petunias and bean salad, all of which was very nice. We did not go to the restaurant, because the entire Ards Penninsula were in there and we're not Big Ones For Crowds, but we agreed that we will go back over Easter when it's quieter, and we're looking forward to it because this is the view:
If you would also like to go, you can get directions and see how nice it is here, but don't go on the day that Mama Smile and I go because we're not Big Ones For Crowds. Also, I don't think the horse is always there, so don't go just for that.
PS Also, I ought to point out here and now that The Apprentice is back this Wednesday, and there seem to be idiots aplenty - find out more here. WhyNotSmile is, once again, hoping to provide weekly coverage, so I must take myself off and start swotting up on the candidates... See you all on Wednesday!