Living With Our Rapido 963f Le Randonneur Motor Home.

Monday, 7 August 2017

The 2017 Supercar Event At Beaulieu.

On Friday evening we were lounging around watching TV, looking forward to another uneventful weekend. As is usual I was browsing my iPad at the same time as watching TV - a very bad habit I know - and I saw that our friends Mark and Llinos had safely installed their exhibit stand at the Beaulieu show ground, the location of the 2017 Beaulieu Supercar Weekend..

They own a very interesting company known as Fun Furniture Collection and were exhibiting their stunning single bed themed on a vintage Rolls Royce, and I had wished them a great weekend at the show via Facebook wishing we could be there.

(Click the name above to visit their website where you will enter a world of furniture, designed and manufactured by them here in the UK, specialising in beds and toy boxes themed on well known motor vehicles and tractors, designed and handmade to order as well as other projects).

We had considered visiting them for the weekend earlier in the week, but as usual, being peak holiday season, with short notice too, reasonably priced hotel accommodation was not widely available, and there were no nearby campsites with vacancies either. So we had to forget the idea. That is until Friday evening at 7.30pm.

To cut a long story short Llinos texted me to say "you can be here with us if you want to" - in reply to my earlier message. What? Yes - Llinos and Mark offered us the opportunity to camp at the Beaulieu show ground as their guests (labourers :-) for the weekend. A few minutes thought, and the camper had a little food, a change of clothes and a tank of diesel filled and we were off on our adventure, driving South for 240 miles overnight.

Whilst there we enjoyed a spectacular weekend viewing hundreds of exotic supercars at close proximity as well as having a relaxing time visiting Beaulieu Palace House and Abbey, Victorian Gardens and of course the National Motor Museum. Click below to view their website and see what's on offer - well worth a visit....

Beaulieu - Home to the National Motor Museum.

Here are some images from our weekend. Thanks again Mark and Llinos - see you again soon.

The spectacular Rolls Royce themed bed - built to celebrate the Rolls Royce Enthusiast's Club 2017 Diamond Jubilee.

In the entrance foyer of the National Motor Museum. This display depicts motoring through the ages up until the present day.

In the spectacular Victorian Garden.

There are also the interesting ruins of Beaulieu Abbey within the grounds.

This is inside "The Secret War" exhibition. Beaulieu was the then secret location of the wartime finishing school for SOE trainees who went on to become undercover agents to cause mayhem behind enemy lines.
Palace House - Home of Lord Montagu of Beaulieu.

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Keeping Busy In The UK.

2017 has so far been a busy year for our travels with one trip following on from another since the beginning of January, but we have now reached a welcome resting point to enjoy what is turning out to be a warm and fine British Summer at home.

After arriving home from Italy we had just a week to sort ourselves out for another visit to our own beautiful Capital City to visit our daughter and her fiancé again. Our plan was to spend a week with them in their lovely Wimbledon apartment, doing our own thing during the weekdays, and spending time out with them at the weekend.

We never drive down to London these days, finding it much easier to take the Glasgow to Euston Virgin Train from Wigan North Western Station, and then the tube once there. The location of stations at both ends means there is very little distance to travel from home and to our daughter's home once there. Also, as I prefer these days - if booked far enough in advance 1st Class travel can be used on Virgin Trains which provides inclusive refreshments, including alcoholic beverages. On the way home from Euston we also make use of the comfortable Virgin Trains 1st Class lounge while waiting there. The cost of this journey using the 1st Class service - just £27 each way pp, well worth it!

On the day after our arrival we had arranged to visit a friend (distant relative) who had invited us for coffee and then a look around her home town of Godalming. Thanks Barbara - for your hospitality and a fabulous day out.

Whilst in London we took the opportunity to have another look around the City, taking the tube to Leicester Square and doing the usual tourist sights before enjoying another one of the benefits of being a loyal Virgin customer - this time using their complementary Virgin Money Lounge on Haymarket where free tea, coffee and biscuits are available together with free wi-fi to use either your own tablet or laptop or to borrow one of theirs.

At the weekend we all visited the very interesting London Transport Museum at Covent Garden on Saturday.

On Sunday we then all drove out to visit Leeds Castle in Kent - another very interesting day out.

Our visit this time coincided with the first day of the Wimbledon tennis tournament, so on Monday morning we made a day of it by walking out of the apartment to Wimbledon Village, first for lunch and then on to the All England Lawn Tennis And Croquet Club to queue for tickets into the grounds. We were able to see the exciting opening match between Aljas Bedene and Ivo Karlovic and their epic 5 set match which Bedene eventually won on Court Number 3. I have never been a fan of watching tennis on TV, but to be there in person the atmosphere was electric.

All too soon our time in London was over and we travelled home without delay, as we were very much looking forward to an appointment the next day to meet up with two people who we met as a result of narrowboat blogging - Doug and James of Narrowboat Chance. After following their blog since the outset, we first met them in person a couple of years back now on an Ocean Cruise with P&O Cruises. They were in our home city of Manchester and we had arranged to meet for drinks before a late lunch in the city. The day turned out to be one of the highlights of our year to date - enjoying Prosecco first in their beautiful apartment before enjoying a few gin and tonics walking along the regenerated canal on our way down to Albert's Shed Castlefield to eat.

We made a day of Manchester - shopping after free coffee in Manchester's Virgin Money Lounge on King Street.
The cosmopolitan regenerated canals of Manchester.

During our walk through the City to Castlefield.
A truly fabulous day was enjoyed by all of us - thanks guys.

We now look forward to The Edinburgh Festival Fringe next, where we are booked to see (or be part of) what we think will be the hilarious "The Wedding Reception" - an interactive play which includes a 3 course meal. This is performed by the same theatre group when we were part of the "Faulty Towers" interactive meal during a previous visit to London which was very entertaining.

See you then......