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Kingston Maurward

Down in Weymouth at the weekend and went to Kingston Maurward gardens and animal farm.

There is also the local agricultural and horticulture college which as its home.

A most beautiful place and we had a lovely afternoon. Being Spring the Gardens are just waking up from their Winter slumber and we defo will go back in the Summer. Here are the pics

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The Convivial Rabbit

A micro pub in Dorchester we visited yesterday. Was quite empty when we arrived but started to fill up after we had settled down.

Had a half of Blighty (yes you read that correctly) but to compensate took home a 2 pint carton of Potholer. Also picked up a copy of the local CAMRA magazine

Nice atmosphere and the half of Blighty went down a treat.

Recommended for a visit. The Rabbit is in a alley near the Plaza cinema in Dorchester.

The Potholer was very nice but would not keep in the carton for more that 2/3 hours so had to be consumed that evening.

Another I did not know that was this weekend

Browsing Railway Modeller and the exhibition calendar , found that Bridport MRC were holding their annual one exhibtion today.

So in my little car I went to Bridport, not a bad run from Weymouth despite the traffic though it did take me at least 20 minutes to park such is the popularity of Bridport on a Saturday with its market.

Bridport exhibition is a small affair the main attraction being Beaminster, a recent feature in this months RM


Another layout which caught my eye was Springfield from members of Weymouth MRC, a GWR branch in O. Sadly no 3mm 😞


After the exhibition had a wander round the market at Bridport with its many antiques stalls and book shops. It has a lovely church


And a cat with attitude so I’m told


And an old Tannery now converted into flats


Most enjoyable.

Didn’t know Launceston had a castle! 

Well it has and some lovely views too! 

Once upon a walk

The good Mrs Driscoll, our Boxer Grace and I did the coastal path walk from Bowleaze Cove to Osmington Mills and back a distant of 7 miles undulating walk with a nice lunch at the Smugglers Inn and 2 pints of Badgers finest in the bargain.

You may of read in the news recently about the cracks that appeared in the cliff near Bowleaze , well here they are


There are some lovely views too along the path


And woodland too

Can we have a Peacock xing please!

A very pleasent 5 hours 😀

GBRF gala (No thanks to the weather)

Went to the GBRF diesel gala on the Bluebell today. Very nice selection of locos plus the Bluebells own 09 doing brakevan/observation coach trips.

The weather to be frank was appalling but plenty of people about despite the April showers.

Here are the photos

   
 73 & 66 at East Grinstead 

   
 
09 running round at Horstead Keynes on the observation coach and then at Sheffield Park with said coach

   
  To show the 09 was rather busy then the brakevan special  
 And so returned to Horstead Keynes on the 4TC set which is in a rather peculiar teak imitation livery. I did take a photo with the camera so will post along with Colas 47 that was also brought in.

Here is the 73/9 which took me to Horstead totally different sound to the bog standard 73 as it has been refurbished.  

Later on I went back to Sheffield Park but there was time for this in the buffet.

  
One pint of Dark Stars Hophead.

So back to Sheffield Park behind 2x class 20 & the 73 although on its arrival at Horstead before I boarded this train was brought in by the 66 & 73 combination from earlier.

 
By this time I was rather cold and wet so took the train to Sheffield Park and then back to East Grinstead. At Horstead saw the 66 again  

And as I could, got out at Kingscote for a scout round whilst waiting for the down train to arrive.

   
    
    
    
 Finally we arrived back at East Grinstead and it was time to bid farewell to GBRF but not before I took photos of the 20s

   
    
 
An enjoyable day but I was still glad for the warmth of the Electrostar going home!

Thank you GBRF and of course the Bluebell for hosting the gala 👍😀

Mid Hants steam

On the way home from the Bay popped into Ropley – not much happening drove to Medstead and Four Marks and as luck would have it the Countryman dinner pulled by Cheltenham which by the sound of it was short of steam as had to have a blow up outside before coming in on its way to Ropley

  
   
    
  On the Alton train was the Mickey Mouse tank which had to wait for the Black 5 to arrive from Alton
   
   
Mind you had the opportunity to take some up close photos before the Mickey Mouse left

   
    
   
And so it departed for Alton.

   
 
And so Medstead returned to its peace and quiet.

Bournemouth

Went to Bournemouth today with the lovely Mrs D, my how the station has changed.

The signal box is now in splendid isolation

   
 
And when did they build that flyover?

   
 
Still unlike some it still has its overall roof

   
   
Any body know why this door has been left high and dry though clearly not used anymore

  
Progress?

Portland Bill

Went to Portland Bill today with the good Mrs Driscoll. Very barren – spot the tree! Had lunch in the Lobster Pot, very nice bacon baguette and Cream tea.

   
    
    
    
 

Ashford (Kent)

We visited Ashford for the first time yesterday.

I had the chance to wander round the town which had a proud railway heritage been home to the South Eastern & Chatham railway works a and now a major hub for the Channel Tunnel as Ashford International.

The market square

  
Ashford Parish church and square

   
    
   
One surprise find was a World War 1 tank – I believe that Ashford railway works was used to build some.

     
    
    
 
Ashford presents a mix of new and old together and I would be happy to visit again.

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