Stevie Carroll (stevie_carroll) wrote,
Stevie Carroll
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Portsmouth and Shelsley the Weekend Before Last

I had a visit from the parents the weekend before last. On the Saturday we headed over to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard (the second time in just over a week for me), and I spotted this bunch moored near HMS Warrior:
Portsmouth 270713 (1) Portsmouth 270713 (2)

We looked round the Warrior (properly this time) and I found out what the rope that had so fascinated my historical collaborator was actually for (an emergency rammer, apparently) as well as catching most of a talk on handguns and bladed weapons that had been used on the ship. We also spent a long time in the Mary Rose Museum, although I still haven't seen everything. I'm also regretting not keeping my Tudor blanket chest when I moved away from Suffolk (I swapped it for something in what seemed like a good deal at the time). Maybe I'll go back to Long Melford and see if the shop I got it from still has any at reasonable prices.

Then, on Sunday, we went to Shelsley Walsh for Day Two of the Classic Weekend. As always there were some splendid cars parked around the place, as well as on display:
Shelsley Walsh 280713 (1) Shelsley Walsh 280713 (3)


I tried on a couple of 1940s dresses at the vintage clothing stall, but sadly they had been made for people without shoulders (I should have put my foot down about dressing as a Land Girl for the wedding I'm invited to at the end of the month). I also had a very nice chat with the folk from the Sporting Bears charity:
Shelsley Walsh 280713 (5)


Over the lunchbreak we also admired the classic cars on display, saw some of the best turned-out go up the hill, and waved to Stirling Moss as he was driven up the hill:
Shelsley Walsh 280713 (6) Shelsley Walsh 280713 (14)

Shelsley Walsh 280713 (25) Shelsley Walsh 280713 (27)

Shelsley Walsh 280713 (33) Shelsley Walsh 280713 (28)


After the lunchbreak, I tried to get some photos from my usual spot just above Bottom S, but was mostly twarted by people wandering in front of me:
Shelsley Walsh 280713 (35) Shelsley Walsh 280713 (41)

Shelsley Walsh 280713 (45) Shelsley Walsh 280713 (55)


So, I moved down to just above Kennel, and got a few good pictures there:
Shelsley Walsh 280713 (67) Shelsley Walsh 280713 (68)

Shelsley Walsh 280713 (69) Shelsley Walsh 280713 (72)


At which point there was a sudden heavy down pour and we headed for home.

I have a general plan to catch up on photo-posts and book reviews by the end of the weekend. We shall see...

[ETA:] Today is the anniversary of Alice Huyler Ramsey's drive across the USA in 1909 (making her the first woman to drive coast to coast over there).
Tags: motor sport, out and about, photos, real life, truth stranger than fiction
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