Saturday, 5 June 2010

A great British day out

It's a glorious day and people are flooding through the gates. A cavalcade of MG motor cars sashays down the driveway, risking their undercarriages on the speed bumps. They line up in beautiful British formation, the sun glinting on the gleaming paintwork and chrome.

The hens babble and old people chuckle at their antics. A middle-aged woman as large as Devon is terrified by the bantams who are not too keen on her either. The Indian Runner ducks quack and the sounds from the cafe are of people enjoying a day out in the English countryside on a beautiful day in early summer.

There is a fluttering of dove wings on the stone roof of the old sawmill. They are momentarily startled by a man in shorts who walks by. He has not just knobbly knees but knobbly legs as well. Two girls in outfits too skimpy for their ample frames ask for two adult tickets.

A few minutes earlier, I had arrived to open up and found a queue of visitors, with his Lordship behind the counter,  a bemused expression on his face.

'Ah, there you are,' he says, flustered. 'I'll let you take over.'

I am into my stride today, not at all nervous when yet another car rolls up. I am confident, too, with the till and it no longer fills me with dread.

At the end of the day, 160 visitors and I can go home and put my feet up.

I'll keep you posted.

Love Maddie x


  1. There's nothing over here to which I can compare a place such as you describe - no stately houses, and the only gardens open for viewing are large purpose-built places for tourists...places like Butchart Gardens in Victoria. I'm trying to imagine all that activity, all those people, animals and cars - like a fair, I imagine.

  2. Sounds gorgeous and what a beautiful picture! I love the poultry narration and their silly antics. Please send cool weather to Texas, we should reach over 100 farenheight this week!

  3. I really do picture it all just as you tell it. What a slice!


  4. Amazing...the words formed visuals in my head effortlessly.

  5. Up and down the country we gather to display our MGs on well-manicured lawns in front of stately homes set in beautiful surroundings. An escape to an earlier, simpler time? Click Here


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