Hello Dear Reader,
Dearly Beloved and I have been together for eighteen years but married two years ago. Here’s where I shared my very thrifty wedding with you. There was no decorating or curtain making today.
We went for a day out at Mount Edgecumbe where the house and gardens were open to the public. It is a very affordable day out. The grounds are free and it’s £2 to park all day. We even managed to pass our parking ticket on before we left so someone else got free parking.
The military vehicle trust were having an open day in the park land and that was totally free to go an see. I don’t normally like displays of vehicles but I really enjoyed the history of what some of these vehicles had seen. The owners really get into the spirit and dress up. They are very welcoming and let people and children climb inside the vehicles and have a good look.
Mount Edgecumbe country park is in Cornwall and directly opposite Plymouth on the river that divided the two counties. This wonderful building is the Royal William Yard if you get the chance call into the bakery for a really affordable lunch and coffee. There are all sorts of posh places in there to eat but that humble bakery really is worth the visit.
Here, I’m standing in Cornwall and the opposite side is Devon. Sorry about the light, but the clouds didn’t clear all day and there wasn’t much light.
The garden are just delightful. The park is jointly owned by Plymouth City Council and Cornwall County Council and the house and grounds are a credit to them.
The hedges turn parts of the garden into ‘rooms’ these are great places for children (and Froogs) to play and are full of hiding places. Families come to the grounds, estate and gardens for a day out and bring their dogs, plenty to play with and picnics. If you ever go to Cornwall, then it’s really worth a visit. Other than paying to park, you can have a day out for free.
Me, just playing!
I loved the flowers.
I loved the sense of theatre about today. Here’s a bunch of chaps, who’ve set up camp and are dressed and acting as Germans. They were happily opposite a bunch, dressed up and set up in camp as if they were Americans. It’s a funny hobby but the chaps all seemed to be having a great time. They have original tents, camp beds and equipment including field wood stoves and the smell was really original too.
Their vehicles and below ‘Camp America’. All around were buckets next to displays raising money for Combat Stress and Help for Heroes. With so many visitors, over the last few days, I’m sure they’ve raised plenty of money.
These ladies were so entertaining. We sat outside the ‘tea tent’ with mugs of coffee and listened to them. As I approached, and before I could see them, I was convinced that the music was recorded as it was so good. It was just lovely to take a while over a coffee and listen to the songs of the 40’s
We had a good look around the stalls selling craft items and vintage clothes. I tried to convince Dearly Beloved to try on a Harris Tweed jacket, but he was having none of it!
Normally, the entrance fee to the house is £7 but it was only £3 today so we went in. It’s relatively small but it was great to see inside. We used to travel on the passenger ferry from Plymouth to Cremyll and take the children for a picnic in the grounds when they were young and we lived in Plymouth. We could never afford to look around the house then. It’s open to the public as a wedding venue and I’m sure it’s a lovely place to get married.
Yes, that is a Spitfire behind me!
Days out do not have to be posh, they don’t need a fancy meal in a restaurant and they can be a coffee whilst listening to songs from the 1940’s and walk around a beautiful park with a bit of recent history thrown in.
We came home to some ‘ding cuisine’ of a meal I’d prepared last night.
Oh, and guess what? We’re going out tomorrow as well!
Come back and I will share another thrifty day out with you.
Love Froogs xxxxx