Friday, 17 June 2011

Village Festival, Classic Cars and Pop up Caravans!

Last weekend was my little Village's annual Village Festival.  I worked out that I haven't been to to this, despite having lived there for a very very long time, for about 10 years!!! (when I was a girl guide and was in the parade through the village!)  But this year, after I finished my degree last year and actually remembered it was on, I decided to pop along.  I also wanted to make sure I went as every year the Basingstoke Classic Car Club (try saying that quickly!) display all their finest and most beautiful vintage cars - who knows they might come in handy for future Betty Blue's photo shoots!

So armed with my camera my parents and I walked down, which turned out to be silly as the sun decided to come out for once and by the time I got there I was all hot and bothered and my shoes rubbed :s......but we shouldn't complain about the sunshine as it doesn't happen often.  So being all hot and bothered my first port of call was the Pimms tent!  I was slightly outraged to have to pay £3 for my Pimms as it was in a manly plastic beer mug AND only half full, but I guess things have gone up in price.  My anger soon faded though when I caught sight of the Garlic Farm stall.  I visited the Garlic Farm on the Isle of Wight last summer when I was on my "Glamping Staycation" at Vintage Vacations, and picked up the most delicious smoked garlic whilst there.  So I trotted off and bought some more smoked garlic mmmmm - I say I bought it but in reality I made my Dad buy it for me :) teehee.  Will have to look out the cook book I bought from them on the Isle of Wight to see what to make with it.

Me standing next to a pretty car Pimms in hand!

A lot of the other stalls were a bit rubbish, the usual tombolas and raffles for the local schools and various charity stalls.  I was tempted to go over to the Help the Heroes; an outfit I am working on is inspired by WWII so it would be nice to give something back for the inspiration to a modern War Heroes Charity.  But since the outfit is still in the making I didn't in the end.  So I headed to the pretty cars!  Here are a selection of my favourites.

View of all the cars some not quite so "Vintage" as others

Gorgeous sporty looking car
1930's Car - I like to think it would be in an episode of Poirot or Miss Marple
And my absolute favourite because it looks like a Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car and was beautifully restored

Not the best pic with a lamp post in the way!
Oh how I long for one of the above beautiful classic cars!  But oh well maybe one day!  I also came across some pop up caravans.  Yes you read that POP UP CARAVAN!!!  I saw a programme about these ages ago and apparently they were very popular in the 50's as they hook on to your car and transform into a little caravan really quickly and easily and can be stored at home relatively easily too; alot smaller than traditional caravans.  They were also a cheaper option to staying in hotels or holiday camps as you could use them over and over again...........although I have my doubts that they would survive a British torrential downpour.

The outside of one - you can see the tiny bed and cooker :)
They sort of fold in the middle and go flat when you store them - God knows how they stay up!
Inside of a slightly different one complete with the much needed picnic hamper
(you can also just see the corner of a ceramic sink!!  bottom left)
I want a beautiful classic car one day, but I want a pop up caravan even more!!!!!  It strikes me this would be really useful for when I go to Goodwood!  I love camping in a tent but since I am going to be manning my stall for four days in a row a little relaxation in a mini caravan would suit me much better (I have M.E so sleep is a huge issue for me)...........anyone have one I could borrow or know where I could hire a pop up caravan!?!?!?

Anyway enough of my ramblings.  I shall leave you with the exciting news that my production slot at the factory has been booked and confirmed and I can tell you that the 1st Betty Blue's Loungerie items will be being made in Wales in the second week of July sqeeeee

Betty xxx


  1. Wow thats not very far away at all!! Roll on July!!! xx

  2. I know!! EEp it's slightly scary though that time is going so quickly!