Monday, 13 July 2015

A weekend off (more or less)

After getting my quilt sent for the deadline this week, I had a bit of time off over the weekend.  On Saturday, we went to the transport extravaganza at Glamis Castle.

Lots of Series 1 Land Rovers.

First ice cream of the day.

Both our dads had Austin Cambridge cars, but in different colours.  It used to feel like a really big car, but they're nothing like as wide or long as most modern cars.

Classic minis.

A BSA bike very similar to the one I had, except mine was a Streamlight, with the dyno hub and lights.  Glyn bought me a 1970s BSA bike a few weeks ago.  If I'd known I was going to end up married to a cycle restoration enthusiast, I'd have kept the one I had originally.

Glyn used to have a Triumph almost identical to this bike.

Glyn was looking forward to the auto jumble/car boot.  There seemed to be a lot more antiques and collectables stalls than the last time we went to this event, more so than auto jumble. Our find of the day was a small pewter dish commemorating the centenary of the Stockton and Darlington Railway.  I would like to find out more about the centenary commemoratives.

This miniature Stockton town hall in crested china was another of the centenary commemoratives.

On Sunday, various private gardens in Coupar Angus were open as part of a garden trail.  When we spotted Glyn's previous house on the list, we had to go and have a look!  The barge boards he made for the cottage are similar to the ones he did for the garage here.

The house sign he made was still there.


The new owners had done a lot with the garden.  I liked their kitchen garden very much, with really well built raised beds.  Tip - use roofing joists rather than (now) expensive 'railway sleeper' timbers.  Also got a tip on where to get free compost from the council.

The contrasts between the blue and yellow flowers was lovely.

The patio was a real sun trap.

Round the back, Glyn's rockery, built from excavated stones, was still there.

It was a really lovely garden.  We visited two others on the same road.

It was a warm day, so we stopped off for a cuppa in the town centre, at the venue used for the yarn club.

It is round the corner from one of the oldest buildings in Coupar Angus.


This garden had a fantastic panoramic view across the town to the hills.

The hedge hid an ornate knotwork garden.


The final garden we visited was at a Victorian house and had many really interesting old trees, which must have been there since the house was built.


The view from behind the stables and outbuildings.

The site was huge, with a disused kitchen garden and an orchard.

I don't think I would want a place this big.  It would be a full time job just maintaining the garden, and it really needed a lot of thinning out - too many trees now.  Cutting the lawns would be a full day's work with a ride on mower.  The smaller gardens we saw earlier were more interesting for me.

We have made some progress on the summerhouse.  Glyn has been working on painting the bits of trim that are a bit to high for me!


The UPVC corner trims will be going on once the painting is finished.

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