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August 13 Talley, Pembroke Dock, Thoresby Hall August 13, 2021

A damp start to our Walking Well Walk in Talley, made the climb, up to the top of the ridge above the village, a bit slippy! The gasps at the top either meant you were out of breath or were delighted with the wonderful views- I was both!!

After a short rest , chat and drink we started off back to the bottom again through the pine forests enjoying the views of beautiful Talley Abbey from above.

The church hall, next to the Abbey ruins, was open for drinks and cakes which we all enjoyed very much indeed…especially the cakes which were all handmade and delicious. Thank you Biddy for the lovely walk.

Travelling further afield for a day out we went to Thoresby Hall Nottinghamshire for a car rally! It’s amazing what you can fit into a day when you get up early! The service stations were busy and after being very cautious in recent months about avoiding crowds it felt very strange to be amongst lots of people…not many wearing masks either!

The forecast had been rainy and chilly but the sun shone all afternoon and we had a grand time enjoying seeing all the cars and the Hall. It was a quintessentially British afternoon with classic cars, a stately home and a cricket match- all quite lovely.

I bought this!

Back home the garden is blooming!!! Blooming difficult to keep under control!! The hot weather followed by the wet weather has meant the perfect conditions for weed, bramble and grass growth! The courgettes are growing into marrows, the Mini Munch cucumbers are now Maxi Munch ones and the runner beans have done a runner to the very top of the canes and I can’t reach them! Apart from that all’s well!

The canna lilies are looking good!

After all the gardening it was definitely time for another day out! Not so far this time just a drive to Pembroke Dock to visit the Heritage Centre and see the history of the Sunderland Flying Boat. The centre is full of fascinating models and displays.

There are some wonderful boat models and one is of the car ferry the Cleddau King which I went on as a child.

One of the other displays shows the Millennium Falcon!!

From Wikipedia:

In spring 1979, Marcon Fabrications, a heavy engineering firm that served the UK’s petrochemical and oil industries,[7] was hired to build a movable full-scale external model capable of “moving as if it were about to take off.”[7] Built in secrecy under the project code name Magic Roundabout,[7][8] the company leased the 1930s Western SunderlandFlying Boathangar in Pembroke DockWest Wales.[8][9] The model, which took three months to construct, weighed over 25 long tons (25 t), measured 65 feet (20 m) in diameter and 20 feet (6.1 m) high, and used compressed air hover pads for up to 1.5 inches (38 mm) of hover-height movement around the set.[8][10][11] It was then disassembled and shipped to Elstree Studios, Hertfordshire, for filming.[7] Today, the Pembroke Dock museum has an exhibit about the project.[7][8]

It’s amazing what gets built in Wales!

Across the road from the Centre a shop has a display of Star Wars Lego in their window.

Leaving the Centre we went for a walk down to the harbour and enjoyed a lovely stroll along the beach. The ferry to Ireland was getting prepared for departure- wish we were on it!

The garden was still waiting for work to be done but a chance just to sit and enjoy it came along when the sun popped out for a while!

At last we have butterflies in the garden! Not as many as usual but early days yet…hopefully!

We also have some ‘lost’ baby birds! This baby robin wouldn’t leave my potting shed until a mouse ran out behind it!

Not quite ready yet but getting redder by the day and juicier even Snow White would be impressed with these apples!

Thank you for reading. Have a great August wherever you are!

May the force be with you!


8 Responses to “August 13 Talley, Pembroke Dock, Thoresby Hall”

  1. Hello Marianne,
    I’m exhausted just reading this! Don’t know how you fit it all in, but well done, a great review, and I love your purchase!
    Best wishes

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    • lletty Says:

      Thank you for reading Julian. It has been rather a roller coaster couple of weeks nut it’s so good to be able to get around again. My grandparents used to travel the country with their bioscope show and they had a showman’s engine just like the model I bought!
      Hope you are liking the rain…at least we don’t have to water the plants! Hope the rest of August goes well for you both. Best wishes.

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      • Thanks Marianne… now you’ll have to explain what a bioscope is/was! How fascinating. I used to have a meths driven Mamod steam model when I was young, which is about as far as my engineering/machinery interest ever developed!
        Best wishes

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      • lletty Says:

        Oh Julian…if I started telling you about bioscope shows I’d never stop! From Wiki: A Bioscope show was a music hall and fairground attraction consisting of a travelling cinema. The heyday of the Bioscope was from the late 1890s until World War I. Bioscope shows were fronted by the largest fairground organs, and these formed the entire public face of the show.” The Mamod steam models were brilliant …wonder where they all are now! Best wishes


  2. Marie Evans Says:

    What a wonderful variety and array of photographs once more. Loved the view of Talley so high up. Thanks Marianne

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  3. Your opening landscape shots are awesome, Marianne! And what a nice day out at Thoresby Hall. I miss seeing cricket matches, especially the ones on the village green in Bearsted, Kent, where my grandparents used to live. They managed the working men’s club just opposite, and my grandmother made the lunch-time sandwiches for the teams. I see you have been busy in the garden. The flowers are looking gorgeous!

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    • lletty Says:

      Thank you for reading Sue. I’m pleased the cricket match rekindled some lovely memories for you. No one can understand the magic of cricket lunches and teas unless they’ve experienced them themselves. A cricket match on a village green conjures up all the senses with the sound of leather on willow, the sight of all the players in their whites and the taste of all those delicious sandwiches and cakes! These days they are bringing in so many new forms of cricket I’m lost! I’ll just stick to the test matches!

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