eventsInteresting Events, Festivals and cool gatherings!

…and btw, the image left is a group of new friends I met at a Steampunk festival in New Jersey.

Sooooo cool!  🙂

Weekend Away on a Victorian-Era Sailing Ship

You know me, I love anything Victorian/Edwardian – and I love anything boat/water related…  So, this weekend I combined those two passions and spent the entire weekend away on “Pilgrim”, a glorious small tall ship that was built in 1895! Walking along beside Brixham Harbour, it is wonderful to ponder… Read more

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Champagne Reception at Downton Abbey

After a lovely night in Derbyshire, I set out under a veeeery strange sky toward Highclere Castle, home of the famous Downton Abbey. The sun was an eerie red colour through the clouds – and at one point, the whole sky turned an unusual colour – well, unusual for the… Read more

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My Horse-Drawn Journey back to the 1890s

Anyone who knows me knows that I am very much a Victorian/Edwardian girl at heart – complete with a wardrobe to match!  So, when I heard about the opportunity to ride in an authentic and historic 1800s carriage, recreating a nostalgic journey in the actual coach, the ‘Tantivy’, that last… Read more

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Q&A with the author of the “Victoria” mini-series

After travelling from Torquay by rail to Paddington Station (and by the way – there is a new Paddington Bear book that I was excited to read until I discovered, as one newspaper put it, “Paddington Bear will encounter migrants, electronic tagging, and ‘elf ‘n’ safety laws in a brand… Read more

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Best Birthday Ever…

This year, I had the absolute best birthday ever! Starting last Sunday with Goodwood, then on my actual birthday Gillian and her daughter Ellie took me out for brunch – it was soooooo lovely and delicious! …then cruising on one of the last horse-drawn canal boat at Tiverton… followed by… Read more

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Classic Car Racing at Goodwood

Goodwood Revival There are a handful of experiences one has that are so wonderful, there are simply not enough superlatives to describe them – the Goodwood Revival was such an experience! This was one of the best days I have ever had – ever! So, what is the Goodwood Revival?… Read more

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Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court Palace

No sooner did I pick up the keys to my beautiful apartment, I dropped my luggage, repacked, and was off across the country… First stop after an overnight rest-break part-way, was collecting the car I just bought – a black Volvo C70 convertible, with black leather interior and wood trim… Read more

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Sligo Rally

Welcome to the Connacht Motor Club Sligo Rally! I caught up with a friend today and we went to Riverstown Folk Park for what is known as a regroup halt – essentially a short rest-stop during the Sligo Stages Rally. After a wonderful fill of motor fuel fumes, we headed… Read more

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Romanian Day of the National Flag

I awoke this morning to the sound of a PA system being set up and tested downstairs and then when, about an hour or so later, I heard drums I thought I would go and investigate… It turns out today, June 26th, is The Day of the National Flag here… Read more

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bonhams veteran london to brighton car run

Bonhams Veteran London to Brighton Car Run

Bonhams Veteran Car Run is the longest running motoring event in the world!  Photos now, details to come…                                                                   … Read more

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1066 Battle of Hastings

1066 Battle of Hastings – 950th Anniversary

I feel ever so honoured to be here in Hastings for the 950th anniversary of the 1066 Battle of Hastings.  Battle Abbey is magnificent!  I will add information and commentary later – wanted to at least upload the photos now…                    … Read more

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hasting bonfire and procession

Bonfire Night, Hastings Old Town, East Sussex

What a magnificent night!  I have never experienced anything like it.  Will provide full details later, but at least want to get the photos up…             Read more

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