Sunday, 28 September 2014


I seem to have gone to quite a few shows this year, mainly they seem to be only places we go to together. Also, a couple of the venues I had never been to so didn't want to miss them.

This time is Hoghton Towers, a beautiful old house not far from Blackburn, in a superb location overlooking the back of Winter Hill and other hills in the background. We've been there many times but I never get tired of wandering around the courtyard absorbing the atmosphere. This day there was a treat - a medieval gig! I could hear music in the distance so wandered (or puffed my way) up the hill quite fast, to hear lovely music, quite atmospheric.

They were playing Greensleeves, quite a few verses of it and in case you didn't know the reason for the name, apparently sleeves in ladies dresses were added on afterwards and could be interchanged. Sort of mix and match. 

The house is impressive both inside and out and here are a few photos of the buidings.

I didn't go around the house as we had been informed that a Lancaster bomber would be flying over the hall that afternoon, so I didn't want to miss it. To my and everyone's disappointment, we didn't see it.

I stopped the people in this car to take the photo. There is a large plant sticking up if you look carefully. Apparently they were taking it for Sir Bernard, the resident owner. He is often to be found at the gateway greeting visitors to the house and just seems like everyone else.

After a pleasant day, back down the motorways home. And now to unload the car with the chairs, table and stove.

Monday, 8 September 2014


Well, it has been so long since I put fingers to keyboard to write on my Blog, there has been such a lot going on, a busy Summer and non of it on actual holiday either.

I hope you have all had a great Summer, filled with whatever you like doing and are keeping well.

We have had quite a few problems healthwise - went with husband for his 6 monthly eye check up at St Pauls, Liverpool Royal Hospital. After lot of deliberation, the young doctor called in the consultant that he has been seeing since his operation a few years ago. Apparently there was a slight tear in the other eye, which had been advised as a possibility. To cut a story short, we had to go in early the following week, very quick (who moans about the NHS?) and have it lasered. We did just that and it wasn't so bad as he had anticipated. At least it was done by our lovely consultant who knew of husband's sensitivity towards bright lights in his eye. Whew!

Then he had an attack of vertigo, just came on suddenly as it always does, he had to be brought back from work. Another few days off work, that he can ill afford. In between that, his back was so bad he had to have anti inflammatory tablets from doctor which he is taking constantly. Then, blow me, last week he had another vertigo attack and had to have another couple of days off.

Well that's it I hope!

Now on to cheerier notes, we have been to a few car shows, both locally and a bit further afield, Caerwys and Bodelwydden Castle being two of them. I loved Caerwys and have never been before. It was a lovely little show with lots and lots of 'junk' stalls in addition to 'car junk' which of course is husband's speciality not mine. I was particularly interested in the Land Rovers on show, and shall post a few of my favourites. Then there was a car I spotted which was the same as one I had in the 70s and have hardly ever seen any since, probably because they had a tendency to rust so husband says. It made me remember why I loved driving it at the time. The weather was cold and windy but there were a few sunny patches and also at the show was Fuzz, from the car restoration TV programme, and he is just as handsome as on TV.

I was a bit bundled up. I have just realised I have husband's old work hat on, which I found in the car, as it was so cold.

There was a lovely view from the showground. That was earlier in the day, when it was windy and cold.

I would LOVE one of these.

If I remember rightly, this is a Jowett Jupiter? The Javelin was a saloon.

Simca 1301 saloon

One owner, all its life, from the 70s.

I think I will call it a day for now. There are too many photos to put in this post and I'll have to get my head into gear to remember what craft items I have made, who I have given them to and other things like that! Will be back very soon I hope, whilst the mood is on me.