Showing posts with label classic cars. Show all posts
Showing posts with label classic cars. Show all posts

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Drive It Day

23rd April was Drive It Day, an event organised by The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs which exists to uphold the freedom to use historic vehicles on the road.

A club we belong to, was organising a gathering at a hotel where they have weekly meets and then a processional drive to Selsey in West Sussex, to meet up with another car club. Of course, we wanted to take Meirionwen along to such an event.

We collected her the previous evening so she was here ready and then headed off to the hotel, where we caught up with the other members who we haven't seen since last September. Oops! I barely had a chance to look around as I was first cornered by an elderly gent who was raving about my outfit and how women of today actually BUY ripped jeans and what a disgrace it was! Then I was caught up chatting to another man who wanted to know all about Meirionwen and then another man who was interested in trading in his classic car for a Gilbern GT. People see Meirionwen, they covet her and then they want a GT too!

Next thing I know, a man is approaching me to ask if we were going on the processional drive and looking around, we realised most everyone had already gone and it was just us, a white 1958 Cadillac, a lovely white 1938 (I believe) Ford Popular and a red 1973 Alfa Romeo Spider left that were heading that way.

So we got a move on and the Ford led the way. Well we hoped he was leading the way, as the Cadillac was following him too and the Spider was following us! I had visions of him going home with a trail of cars in his wake! Turned out he was going there, but took us all on a detour.

Here's the Cadillac and the Alfa Romeo and then us, once we were there.
The Alfa overtook and slipped in in front of us on the way.

Our intrepid leader, the Ford. Stunning isn't it!
The Land Rover was an on the way interloper!

I must say though, it was fun going along in a little line of classic cars! It was a bit hairy when we got to Selsey though, as the Ford got through the small gap in the queue of traffic no problem, but then the huge Cadillac had to do it too.

It was actually pretty cold there, being on the coast, but thankfully I had my jacket. Here are some more pictures!

Me and a Thunderbird

What might have been ... an MG Magnette. This is what we were in the market for when looking for a classic car.

What was.
I saw Meirionwen and the rest is history!

Onto the outfit!
A very nice lady pointed me out to her daughter and described my outfit as classic vintage glamour, adding that I looked lovely.
I again got asked if I went to the Goodwood Revival, because of, you know, how I dress and I again explained that I dress like this all the time.

What I wore:

Green vintage chiffon hair scarf - gift from Curtise,
Diamante hairclip attached to scarf - gift
Faux pearl earrings - retail
Prescription sunglasses
Black swing jacket - gift from Andy
Vintage Aurora Borealis brooch - charity shop
Dress - Lindy Bop
Belt - Hell Bunny
Petticoat - eBay
Shoes - charity Shop
Flamingo handbag - gift
Gloves - retail

This is Annie! We saw her and her custodian at the garage getting petrol at the same time as us and pretty much followed her all the way to the hotel. I believe she's a Ford.

Monday, 1 May 2017

Vintage Bentleys

Near to us is a vintage Bentley garage. We often stop to ogle them through the window.
Andy was tipped off by our Morgan owning neighbour, that they were having an open day and afterwards, the cars were going on in procession to Goodwood Motor Circuit.

We didn't get to the garage open morning, but we did mange to get ourselves and Meirionwen to Goodwood to see the Bentleys.

Most of these are racing Bentleys!
Can you just picture them careering around a race track?

Gorgeous Jaguar too.

And my goodness, what a glorious day it was! Look! No cardigan! I'd say it was bordering on being quite hot.
I wore a me made dress, my patent heels, Hell Bunny belt, vintage gloves and hair scarf and my daisy cardigan.

The cars were plentiful and so beautiful!

This though, was my favourite. So, so regal!

We pottered about, looked at the cars, chatted to people who were admiring Meirionwen, watched the cars (not the Bentleys) going around the circuit for a bit, then went for a walk before having our picnic.

Thursday, 2 March 2017


Just playing around in a dusty barn.

Hat: charity shop
Cardigan - charity shop
Jacket - made by me
Collar - Lindy Bop
Skirt - Lindy Bop
Petticoats - eBay
Boots - retail

I didn't remove my hat in the cardi photos because I would have had shocking hat hair.
If I'm lucky it looks very 1920's, but usually hat hair makes me look like Crystal Tipps.

And yes, yes that is a somewhat disturbing, deflated black rubber blow up body emerging from the bonnet of the yellow car. I don't know what's going on and I'm not investigating either.
Some things are best left.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Folly Come Lately

It's been a little while since I have looked in here, long enough so that the blogger dashboard has changed.
Tis Confusion!

So, what's been going on in Folly Bird land?

Well I finally watched Home Fires. Twice. Once when I was recovering from the flu and then again when Andy expressed an interest. I really enjoyed it.
My favourite characters were Alison ...

.. and Marek. Andy guessed he would be my favourite male character based on his accent and his boots! I asked him why he thought I wasn't taken with any of the RAF types, he assured me they weren't my thing! It seems I am nothing if not predictable!

In other telly news, I completely went off Poldark, though Caroline's red riding outfit, oh my! Andy called me in from the kitchen just to see it! Now THAT is how you go horse riding! I have long wanted to go horse riding and would love to turn up at a riding centre dressed like this! Can you imagine this glorious riding outfit alongside the jeans, practical footwear and terribly boring jackets I so often see on the horse riders we slow for on the lanes around this way?

I also enjoyed The Victorian Slum, chicken plucking aside, and finally saw all of Ripper Street. To say I was left traumatised would be an understatement. I am still sad. The previous series they took Fred Best away and now, now they take Drake away????? What is going on with the world!

Just a couple of note of late, last years cinema release of Krampus. I stress cinema release as there were others at the same time, which apparently are rubbish and went straight to DVD. This was the Toni Collette version. Funny, horrifying, cosy, it managed all three magnificently.

Also I stumbled across a Christmas film called Wishin' & Hopin' At Christmas. It stars Molly Ringwald and Chevy Chase narrates. It is set in the early sixties and has a real feel of the film adaptation of Jean Shepherd's book In God We Trust, A Christmas Story, which I love. I loved Wishin' & Hopin' so much that I looked for it on DVD but have had absolutely no luck.

There have been pies: one cherry, one apple and for Halloween, pumpkin. Yum.
Also cherry crumble and mini cherry pies.

And things have been on the move. My glass cabinet which resided in the bedroom has been moved into the living room, so I can see all my beautiful glass on a day to day basis and not just at bedtime.

I have collected coloured glass since I was in my teens and purchased every single tea set I saw for no more than £4. Annoyingly I haven't seen a coloured glass tea set for years. In fact I rarely see coloured glass at all and when I do, it's usually completely over priced.

Some soft focus pictures of things after the move.

The dish the cup is sat in is carnival glass and was my nan's.

This beauty of a carnival glass bowl was a charity shop find, isn't it a beauty!
Although it is actually more vibrant in real life.

More like this ...

The green glass is Arcoroc, the blue is by another French company, name beginning with V I believe ... the sweet cut glass smoked set, has no makers name.

This 1950's sundae dish set was found in an antique shop for about £7.

 I shall have to photograph things properly.

Unfortunately the lovely carnival glass bowl Mim was sending me arrived broken. Not simply cracked or chipped, it was absolutely shattered into tiny pieces, which made me sad. Sad enough that Andy whisked the box away and hid it from me as I was getting wibbly about the whole thing. But, lovely Mim also sent me a beautiful silk Laura Ashley scarf which I have worn every time I have gone out.

I tried to read all of Stephen King's IT during October. I failed miserably, partly due to flu and then migraines and then various other things. I think it'll take me the rest of the year to get through the thing, have you seen how big that book is? Actually, it's December now ... I don't fancy my chances. I tried to read some in the car the other day when we were visiting Meirionwen and Andy came up to ask me something, approaching from behind the car and scared the living daylights out of me and I haven't even got to the scary stuff yet!

Not only am I lapping up repeats of Friends, I have also recently got back in touch with someone I haven't seen for twenty years. It was nerve-wracking meeting up again, as it had been so long but once I met her off the train, the years melted away and we picked up where we left off. It's nice to have her back in my life again after so long. We still have much in common, including in an ever changing world, the same views which is wonderfully refreshing, as I often find myself floundering along in life, feeling I just plopped down from some alien place with people barking, "You believe what? What do you mean you don't like such and such??? You're letting the side down Melanie! How dare you!"
We're going to go to the zoo together this month, so that'll be fun.

And speaking of the telly version of Friends, I am only now noticing the 90's fashions. I have seen countless repeats but am only just seeing the very distinct styles of the era. I suppose Friends and Clueless best sum up the nineties.

Crochet has been the name of the game in this area of my life.
My granny squares, well some of them.

Random Sightings
Traction Engine just pootling along the dual carriageway near here.

Of Blogging
My health has taken a right old battering these past couple of years, so as I don't ever know how things are going to be for me on the health front and as I don't want to abandon my blog, I will be approaching things a little differently than before.

Thursday, 22 September 2016


A car show where you're positively encouraged to dress for your car?
Oh yes please, me, me, me!


Sunglasses, Shirt and Trousers - Retail
Sleeveless Cardigan - Vintage Hand Knit
Boots - Vintage

Me Made Hat
Vintage Clip On Earrings - Charity Shop
Vintage Crystal Necklace - Gift
Leopard Print Dress - Lindy Bop
Cincher Belt - Hell Bunny
Organdy Petticoat - eBay
Gloves - Retail
Kitten Heeled Shoes - Retail
Vintage Handbag with Glove Clip - Charity Shop & Etsy

Black Swing Jacket - Gift
Vintage Brooch - Charity Shop

Taken once home. Note, different shoes.


I was a little nervous to be honest. I kept asking Andy if I was overdressed for a Sunday morning in Surrey. He said I just looked like I hadn't gone home from the previous night! I suggested I take a champagne glass with me.

Anyway, we set off, following a red Jaguar for most of the way and upon arrival, the compliments for Meirionwen began before we had even parked. The event was at a rural life museum, so we had to drive all the way round, through countless classic cars, to get to our shady little parking spot.

Andy wasn't best pleased to be under a tree, but I didn't want to park with the MGB's. Meirionwen is NOT an MGB, she is a Gilbern GT, so we parked next to a little assortment of cars including a Wolseley and an Austin A35. The Wolseley just so happened to be owned by a gentlemen who also belongs to the classic car club we joined recently and only two weeks back, we sat in his Morris 8! I was wondering why he looked so familiar!

One man came up to me after looking around Meirionwen and leaned forward in a secretive manner. "Prettiest car in the whole show," he said quietly, before going on his way.

Prettiest ❤

We get this a lot. She may not have won mayors choice, a Lanchester won that title, but if there were a Prettiest Car category, I'm sure she would win hands down.

I went for a wander and was asked if I was after winning the Best Dressed Prize by one of the marshals. Now wouldn't that be nice, I said.

I LOVED this Model A Ford.

Willys Knight.

I found it increasingly difficult to walk in kitten heels on sandy ground and grass, but I managed pretty well all in. Some people said I should have worn trainers. Really? Trainers? I don't even own trainers. And even if I did, trainers and this outfit?


Saw this fabulous 1930's Jubilee Caravan. It was so cosy inside, but when I went back with my camera, someone was sat inside, so I couldn't exactly poke my camera in when they were having lunch!
It even had leaded windows in an art deco sunburst design!

Met some nice people in the Vauxhall Cresta Club area, including this lot ...

who were joking that Andy was going to buy me this Vauxhall for my birthday, seeing as I was so taken by it!

More lovely cars.

Vauxhall Cresta

Ford Mustang

I think a 1950 Dodge Coronet, but I'm not 100% sure.

Ford Thunderbird.

Daimler Dart

Mercedes Fintail

Jaguar Mark II

A Hurricane and a Spitfire went over, part of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. I overheard someone telling someone else about it, then in the painful walk back to Meirionwen, I promptly forgot about it and besides, I'd lost the heel cap from one of my shoes, so couldn't walk properly anyway. I was sat in Meirionwen, chatting to someone and then heard a loud rumble and managed to poke my head out just in time to see the two planes buzzing the event! I will never tire of seeing such things!

It was then I remembered I had spare shoes in the boot! Yay! Nowhere near as glam as my snub nosed kitten heels, but the shoeless can't be choosers and at least I could walk.
I knew I was never going to make it back where these beauties were when I spotted them, so took a snap on my phone. Good job I did.

Ford Edsel and a Chrysler

Um .. police car. That's all I have to offer!

Nice RAF type with his spiffy car.

And no, no we did not win best dressed, a couple in ARP and nurse uniforms won. Andy started his running commentary as we headed back to Meirionwen. "And Melanie takes down the nurse ..." I'm not competitive whatsoever, but to be fair, I did think popping on a uniform was an easy option, but that's just my opinion.

"It's a microlight!" says Melanie, once home, pointing enthusiastically.
That, or a pterodactyl.

Squinty McSquinterton at your service ma'am!