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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Calendar Girls

Meirionwen is quite the looker isn't she!

2nd July was the Gilbern National Day so off we went with Meirionwen, our 1963 Gilbern GT to Weston Super Mare, where the south west group were putting on the event.

The journey there was a three and a half hour drive on the b-roads of the south of England, which was all rather pleasant; I just love the south of England. Brian, the man we purchased Meirionwen from, said his Saturday journey on the motorways had taken him just as long.

I must admit though, I did get rather stressed as we reached Weston Super Mare, as we got a little lost. Suddenly we saw another Gilbern, so set to following that as they were obviously going the same place as us, but then another car started pointing frantically at us and we feared something was amiss. Leaving the other Gilbern, we pulled in at a retail park, where we checked her over. Nothing. We could find nothing wrong, so maybe the other driver just liked Meirionwen.

Eventually we found the Royal Hotel and my it was lovely! Right on the seafront in a sunken garden in the hotel grounds and we got a lovely reception as we drove in. People flocked to see Meirionwen once we had parked up.

We also got a goodie bag containing amongst other things, a lump of Cheddar cheese (being that we were in Somerset and all). This amused me no end! Last year it was shortbread biscuits in the shape of Gilbern GT's and, because we were in Wales, a Welsh slate coaster.

Andy had decided he wanted to photograph all the GT's in attendance, so while I chatted to other owners (and got photographed by a man from the hotel), he set off ...

He hadn't quite got to grips with my camera at this point!

This is quite an important car apparently, reached 125mph on some road test or some such thing! It belongs to Brian who I mentioned earlier. It arrived on a trailer and was purchased from Holland recently.

The lovely hotel.
I adore the sweeping sun room, if that's what it was. It's so 1930's.

Brian's wife Carol snapped this picture of us together.

My it was hot, but such beautiful weather and it kicked off Andy's holiday wonderfully. We didn't get a chance to go on the beach as we arrived late, had lunch in 'Poons next door, then after chatting to other custodians, it was soon enough time to go and we had to leave the hotel grounds.

And as for the title of this post?
Well look who made it to the 2018 calendar!
It's me and Meirionwen!

It is odd to know that we're going to be hanging on people's walls for the month of may, hehe. May is also Andy's birth month, so that's an added bonus.
I kept getting recognised as I wandered round, "You're in the calendar!" people were saying! Famous!

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

National Treasures: Mottisfont Abbey & Hot Cross Bunnies

Wonky, Wonky!

Mottisfont Lane, Romsey SO51 0LP

After seeing the roses at Mottisfont, we went in the house, which seemed far cooler upon walking in, but after a little while of being inside, the heat there got to me too, and my (much denied by me) asthma was making me a tiny bit wheezy.

This was the first room we went in. A full shot wasn't practical considering how many people were in there at the time.
So, you'll have to make do with the smaller details.


Want this too.

Also want this.

It's not that I don't like it, but I don't really want the harpsichord, which you were allowed to play if you just checked with a volunteer first. The bunnies would chew the legs.

I'd rather like this too.

Moving on ...
I have always had an aversion to four poster beds with the covered top. My mind says murderers will be hiding atop the bed, waiting for dark to fall.

Detail of the original abbey


Next room ...

Dining room floor detail ...

Next room ...
Also want ...

Want this too ...

Entrance to, and actual maids quarters ...

I'd rather like this Hoover.

Deco detailing on a hat ...

Yes please.

I'll take the lot!

This was so clever and yes, I wanted this too.

So much want on such a small surface!


This'll be handy to put all my goodies in.

Lovely staircases ...

I loved the maids quarters and thought that was my favourite bit, until this!
I then proceeded to hold everyone up and a queue formed behind me...

Look how deep the bath is!

4711 perfume! I actually have some of that!

Original Tudor beams

It was really lovely inside, we got to see rooms we didn't last time and I just love the Edwardian era and all its trappings.

Next up, we went for a wander about the grounds and ended up walking along the river, which was so beautiful. The man who we passed who was trying to photograph either a damselfly or a dragonfly on his phone, was still there when we returned on the other side of the river! Exact same spot and you could see his desperation by this point!
I had no such problems.

Do you know how hard it was trying to get a picture on the bridge with no one else on it?

By the time we got back to the house, we both agreed that we had had enough, and after a quick turn about the gift shop, headed back to the car and after a short stop off ...

Bunny Lane Is In My Ears and In My Eyes!

... headed back home to the bunnies, who we had left with a fan on, next to their pen, but they were not happy with the weather and were not dealing well with the heat in our living room, which reached 82 Fahrenheit at one point in the evening.

We gave them an ice block wrapped in a towel which they promptly moved away from.
I then pointed the fan right at them until it ruffled their fur and lo, they did move away and they did make us feel guilty for trying to make them cooler.

It very much smacked of, "But we were happy there! Why did you put that cold thing on us? I don't care if we're hot, you had no right to do that! You left us alllll day and then you came home and you did that! We're going to go over there now, when we were happy where we were and we will smoodge together until we're even hotter and it'll ALL BE YOUR FAULT!"

Bunnies. What can you do?