Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Motorsport fun

One of our sons works
on the Bentley Motorsport team and last week he arranged for us to go to Silverstone to see them race.
We were treated very well and invited into the garage where the cars were being prepared to race. We were allowed on the Pit Lane
And onto the grid just before the race began. It was like another world, a world of money and prestige which to be honest felt uncomfortable for me. However the chance to see our son at work was amazing, he was busy during the race, headphones on, listening to the drivers and possibly to speak to them too.
It was a very smart and well presented team and fascinating to see in action. 
Finally the team had this little moped that the staff buzz about the site on, I'm thinking of asking for my bike to be painted up like this!

Saturday, 30 May 2015

Hanging around

Two of my tree children decided this week they would jump off a cliff overlooking a quarry in North Wales attached only to a thin bit of wire to celebrate my daughter turning 30!
It's the longest zip wire in the northern hemisphere apparently and reaches speeds of 100mph on the way down.
We didn't join them but went to watch, it was very cold but worth it!
They hurtled past us at a cracking high speed looking like Superman and wonder woman. All very good till they got to the end when they made a very ungainly landing onto a platform and we're hanging there till they were unhooked!

Monday, 4 May 2015

Sydling St Nicholas

As it is a bank holiday today people were streaming into the Isle of Purbeck where we live....it's not an island but that's how it's known! So it made sense to us to go the other way, into mid Dorset. We took a leisurely drive to Sydling St Nicholas through the country lanes and back roads.
My husband's ancestors were Vicars here and are buried in the church....well the crypt to be exact.
We found this gravestone in the churchyard, it's a millstone and marks the spot where the last ever Miller in Sydling was buried, rather apt really.
The church is pretty and quiet and while we were inside looking around the church bells struck three, a muted lovely sound.
A little walk from the church and up the hill, we surprised a deer, although he wasn't really that bothered by us and remained quite nearby as we passed him.
The scenery was stunning and we only passed a couple of dog walkers and three young girls riding their ponies along the bridle path. When we got back to the car we saw an elderly couple sat on a bench, they looked quite elderly and he sported a huge bushy white beard that came down onto his chest and a lot of white hair. They looked like they had been transported from another century!
On the way home we hit heavy traffic near Dorchester, glad we missed it the rest of the time.

Friday, 10 April 2015

Cheery times

What is it about the first burst of spring that makes your heart sing and everything just seems so much better?
As I look around our garden the Blackthorn is blossoming, bees foraging around in the frothy white flowers. Brimstone butterfly's, Peacock, Tortoiseshell and a Comma butterfly sunning themselves on the stones round the pond, a little blue butterfly fluttering round the Laurel hedge. the Hawthorn buds big and fat, Spindle already open as is the Elder and the Hornbeam. Primroses in little clumps....not the garden centre copies but proper wild ones that smell wonderful and are more graceful and dainty than their garden centre cousins, Bluebells just starting to open under the hedges and Celandine too.
I have dug a couple of tons of gravel out to create two new flower beds around the garden table, I ache, have rough hands and got well and truly sunburnt but very happy to have achieved so much, the seedlings are coming on well that I shall put in the new beds. Sweet Peas, Cosmos, Bishops Flower, Marigolds, Hollyhocks, Larkspur, Sunflowers, Sweet Rocket, Snapdragons, Love In A Mist and others I have forgotten.....and forgotten to label!
The birds are busy too, nesting and feeding. Annoyingly the Jackdaws have decided to nest in our chimney and are chucking twigs down, enough to keep us in kindling all next winter! The chimney needs a cowl on it but that means scaffolding and gets expensive....in these days of Health and Safety no-one will go up a ladder!
The sunshine and warmth brings out people too, friends dropping in, both ours and our adult children's friends.
Well this might all sound a bit drippy and romantic but this week has been so lovely, long may it continue.