Monday, 17 July 2017

Balm for the Soul

Nothing recharges those batteries faster than a weekend away, which is what Mr PS and I did the weekend before last. We left home early Saturday morning and returned Sunday evening. We felt so relaxed, it felt like we'd been away for a week. New surroundings, fresh air, and sunshine is balm for the soul.

On the Sunday we went to an annual classic car show called the Rally of the Giants. It was a new experience for me. You have to use the word rally loosely in this context - no racing of cars took place. Instead owners brought their classic cars and parked up in designated spots according to the age of their vehicle. Members of the public could walk around, take pictures, and generally fantasize about the car they'd like to own - a silver corvette for me and a 1972 Lincoln continental for Mr PS. There were far too many beauties for me to include in this post, but here's a few.





The day before the Rally we visited Waddesdon Manor, a National Trust property near Oxford. This is by far the grandest National Trust property I've visited. The architecture and gardens were stunning and beautifully kept. The inside of the manor was, as Mr PS put it, so over-the-top in its grandeur it bordered on obscene and arrogant. It was a statement of wealth. Given its French ancestry, we could easily see what prompted the French Revolution. 




Mr PS loves his tea, and we were pleasantly surprised when it was served in this cast iron teapot at the Manor. When we returned home, I did some research. Renowned for distributing heat evenly to create a more flavourful cup of tea, it's Japanese in origin and called a Tetsubin. A quick search on Amazon and I was able to order one for home. Mr PS is happy!

All pictures © Eleanor Garratt 2017


What recharges your batteries and/or soothes your soul? 

6 comments:

  1. You really got out and lived.
    Are you sure you didn't want the little pink car?

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    1. Ha. I was tempted, but I just don't like pink.

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  2. That's wonderful you got out. We did, too. Went to Raleigh Supercon and had a BLAST!

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    1. Oh, wow. Raleigh Supercon looked amazing!

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  3. Hi Ellie - looks wonderful and Blenheim is a place I may visit in a few weeks ... Waddesdon Manor may be over the top - but amazing to look around ... and what benefits - your tea pot - or tetsubin ... wonderful. Mr PS will have enjoyed his cars, let alone the tea ... and you've both enjoyed the gardens and time away - sounds a delightful weekend together - cheers Hilary

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    1. Thank you, Hilary. I hope you do get the chance to visit Blenheim Palace. We're hoping to go back soon and see all of it's splendour.

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