Had a good morning out with my friend, Country Girl, we headed over to Saxmundham, a little town that I've not been to much in recent years. Was amazed at how much the high street has changed & the excellent mix of shops there now.
Most importantly coffee was the first stop of the morning;
(oh yes Ernest came too)
We then had a good wander round the town & shops. For once the charity shops turned up nothing for me :( However I made up for it in the haberdashery shop, where one or two pretty buttons came home with me ;
As it was still sunny in the afternoon & I needed to buy birthday pressies for my FIL, I headed into my little town. The call of the charity shops was great & I managed several pretty little things - 2 pieces of flowery fabric - perfect for bunting, a pretty pillowcase & an Enid Blyton book which was one of my childhood favourites - total spend £1.50!
Friday night was spent watching the start of Somewhere Over the Rainbow - looking forward to see who wins and of course singing along each week. All this was accompanied by some birthday chocolates & some of MrVV's homebrew cider *hic*
Saturday morning dawned bright & sunny. MrVV had a brass engagement this morning - the opening for the season of the museum in town;
(these letters were made by my grandfather who worked in this factory in its heyday).
The museum was keen to show off its latest engine - this used to work in the town 40+ years ago taking things from one factory across town to the other & also to the railway mainline. It was brought back here about 6 years ago and needed major repairs - now almost £100,000, it looks like this;
This steam roller was made in the Garrett factory & is a familar sight around town & at steam fairs all over the place;
Ernest wanted to sit on both of these but as it was very busy it was not possible. Instead he posed in the workmans van which was also restored by the museum;
Ernest has gone on a special mission this afternoon, he accompanying little son to his grade 2 violin exam. Little son is a tad nervous & Ernest is hoping that his presence will help him overcome his nerves.
As Mum left at home I need my own Ernest - will be glad when the call comes through to say it is all over & they are on their way home.
A quick turnaround is required as little son is off out tonight to play his baritone with the training brass band he plays with - MrVV is taking him & is picking up T (son of Country Girl) on the way.
Another busy day tomorrow - more birthday celebrations - this times its my FIL's 75th birthday & we're off out as a family for lunch :)
xxxx Vicki xxxx