Tuesday, 9 May 2017

My Little Jaunt to Oxfordshire Yesterday

It was Chairman Mao who is credited with the saying that The Most Important Step in The Great March is the First One as he began the Revolution in what is now The Peoples Republic of China.

We took our first step today in our great journey to All Morgans' Day on 1st July 2018 as Terry Seymour and I met at Blenheim Palace to discuss our Plans for that event and to gather essential information prior to preparing our event advertising.

I decided that I would travel up the night before to ease the strain on this aging being. I decided to use the Holt Hotel near Steeple Aston, Oxfordshire as it is very reasonable and very comfortable.

 The Holt Hotel

Having stayed here two years ago when planning the 2016 event I was familiar with the area so no running around the lanes this time. It was straight in and cover the Morgan ready for an early night.

A first check of the room indicates that despite my Lowest Cost, Single Booking I had been upgraded to a much larger double room.

 Everything I needed for a quiet night of watching TV.

 The Hotel Gardens are nice and neat.

 A Nice terrace for those warmer evenings

 A Comfortable Lounge

 Highwayman Art in the Bar.

 Sir Winston Churchill in the Library.

 A Miniature Room in a Glass Case stands in the Corner.

The Lounge from the Opposite Direction.
 In the Morning the Mog is packed and we are ready for the short drive to Blenheim Palace.

 Driving through Woodstock Town towards the Palace.

 A Lovely Array of Wisteria on these house frontages.

 Rounding the corner and there is Terry waiting for my arrival. Having driven up from Lymington this morning he had a very early start.

 Two Roadster 100's ready to go into the Palace Grounds.

 One Scary looking Keystone over this Gateway.

 The Lake Bridge is a little out of focus taken through the Perspex side window while on the move.

 This view of the Palace is also blurred for the same reason

 As we were early for our meeting we took a short stroll around the Parking Areas and were immediately befriended by this pair of Pheasants who had probably been fed before by other visitors.

 Harold ll in full stride

 Terry organising his car before we head for the CafĂ©.

 There is always room for another Mog Picture

 It was not long before we began to create an attraction.

 The Palace Background photo.

After our meeting we strolled around the shop looking for inspiration for a new Blenheim Logo or associating article.
I tried to capture the Dukes Family Emblem from a Glass Door which is not that clear.

 This version was hanging from the ceiling.

 This best example was found on this Framed Embroidered Cushion

The next idea was to study the Busts of Sir Winston Churchill who was born and raised at Blenheim Palace. 

 This one is quite realistic

 An even better example.

 The Three in a Row.

 The best taken at a better angle.

Just when we are about to leave for home, more visitors arrive.

 Sir Winston and wife Clemie with Clement Attlee 

 Being Greeted by the Lady from the Information Desk

 Conversation ensued.

 The Winston & Clement Close Ups


 One last Logo found on the East Court Gates

 Heading for home along the Exit Road I spot the Miniature Train heading from the Pleasure Gardens

 The Mirror Shot as the train is at its closest.

 Terry is taking the lead. 

 There are no Barriers to The Roadster 100's at Blenheim Palace.

Over the Speed Hump, Turn Left and off we go.


Tuesday, 25 April 2017

The 23rd April is St. Georges Day as well as Drive It Day


This year St Georges Day falls on a Sunday when only a few shops are open and the opportunities for Fund Raising would probably be more limited, we thought.

So this year I asked for a Two Day Collecting Licence and both Terry and I agreed to use both days in our quest to raise money in support of Combat Stress, the Veterans Mental Health Charity.

Not many people knew about the charity and its needs are such that most of the other Military Charities also support Combat Stress with donations.

 Terry began early with table stowed on Frog Mog's Luggage Rack

Frog Mog is aboard and Terry was ready to set off.

 Our Location Set and the Cars Decorated. Where would our First Donation come from?

We arrived nice and early this year only to find that our usual pitch had bee taken by the local Flower Nursery, who is normally further back, a Fruit Seller and a Vaping liquid seller.

However, we wanted to be just outside the Waitrose Store to maximise our opportunities and so we squeezed ourselves in, much to the consternation of the others. 

Terry was a master with the Helium blowing up and stringing the Combat Stress Balloons 

We were ready. We just needed some customers. 

 The Green Goddess Draped in her Flags

 A Beautiful Array of Plants. That Butchers Sign just had to go.

 It was a case of Fast Selling Raspberries, Blueberries next and the Strawberries took all day to sell.

 Quite a few donors would like to own a Morgan or have owned one in the past.

 Could this be a Car Sales Negotiation I see before me?

 The Car Park was filling fast. We just needed some Passers By.

 Then One Escapee was spotted, up, up, and away.

We received support from Register members Rosemary & Chris who travelled from Mid Surrey to help with the collections.

Unfortunately our cramped position prevent our plan to have Three Roadster 100 in line for the first time here.

I was allowed to be in this photo as well.

It was the end of Day One when Nola opened the Buckets to cash up our Donations.

We had achieved a magnificent £245.37p.


Terry and I were there nice and early, expecting the local Classic Car Club to leaving for their Drive It Day Run. Only 3 turned up so decided to go off to Thruxton Racecourse instead.

 Today we had the whole are to ourselves. An early visitor also would like to own a Morgan.

 The day proved interesting in that more of the fewer shoppers came to chat and make donations, many of which were Folding Money.

And another Escapee.

 Terry busied with the Balloons again with somextra Helium donated by the local Toy Shop.

 One very happy participant sporting Balloon & Wristband

 Posing for the photograph. 

 We then had a visit from young Sam, a keen photographer who works in the Waitrose store.

 Sam sent us some of his very sharp photos. The Balloon Girl

Frog Mog on Duty.

The day was over at around 3pm today as most people had finished their shopping.
It was time to pack up and put the Flags away again until next year.

Nola found these useful additions to the collection as she counted today's donation.

Day 2 collected the princely sum of £240.88 bringing the weekends total to a magnificent £486.25. which will be banked directly into the Combat Stress Account at The Nat west Bank.

These Direct Banking ones are the best donations.

The Justgiving and EBay Sales donations, we also use, all command some hefty charges reducing donations to around only 75% of that achieved.

I will conclude by offering a massive THANK YOU to the Very Kind and Generous Shopper who use the Locks Heath Shopping Village.