So hot on the tails of us here at Beastie Folly ordering a new MINI Paceman SD, MINI announce a slight facelift for the model. It would have been nice to have the facelifted model but life is a fast train and we can’t let the grass grow under our feet. If we waited we would not have a Paceman for our Le Mans trip!
It was inevitable really that after announcing a mid life cycle facelift for…
Good Friday saw a lovely bright sun in the sky, so after a lazy morning and a sausage butty, we headed out for a smallish walk. One of our favourite walks when we don’t want something too strenuous is to head for the pond at Golden Valley in Castle Morton and do a two and a half mile walk which is a loop heading southish to the road, turning right to the hills and right again just in front of the hills and back across the common to the pond. It is a lovely walk, not steep and overflowing with beautiful scenery. Check out the cluster of orange trees in the photo above. Sheep wander freely across the common and it is a joy to walk amongst them. Finally check out the new home that has emerged phoenix like from the ashes of the old farmhouse that was there but burned down. I would love that house!
We had a camera each, The X-M1 and the X-E1, one armed with the 18-55 zoom lens and the other with the gorgeous 35mm 1.4 prime lens. Between us we feel we have captured a little of the beauty and warmth that is the Malvern Hills landscape.Blog A Pic - A Walk In The Malverns Good Friday saw a lovely bright sun in the sky, so after a lazy morning and a sausage butty, we headed out for a smallish walk.
A pal of mine Mark Gidden brought this to my attention by sharing it on Facebook. We had to put it on AutoBeast this was such good fun!
This photo is part of a set of photos telling the story of a visit to the Tate Modern but it diarises good times as I dine with family, people I love.
A pal of mine recently put a comment up on Facebook, “Can’t remember the last time I picked up my camera and used it in anger.” In his case he will address this himself and I am sure will photograph his Easter weekend to death, but the comment…
The weekend just gone was socially a rather brilliant weekend but it was compromised by me having the headache from hell. I woke up Saturday morning excited as we were heading to Cardiff to see our old buddies Aston and Debs and to be fitted with a Morning suit for their up and coming wedding. As well as the excitement though, I also awoke with a banging headache. I get this sometimes if I have…
It looks a tad beefier, it looks a bit more purposeful. In fact it is a whole lot of “a bit more…” Personally I think that’s all you need to know. It just got a bit more better and you can get one to match a beefy army style watch. Nice job MINI.
This event took place on Sunday 13th April at the Morgan Motor Company about 3 miles from my house. It would have been rude then not to go. However, I was slow off the mark in spotting this so when I signed up I went on a reserve list as the 300 available places had already been taken up. In the lead up to the event, I watched as I rose up the list and finally got in the top 300 as people dropped out. In the end I was 194 on the list so a heck of a lot of people dropped out. To be honest this is selfish and disorganised of them. Why sign up if you aren’t going to go? How can you not know that you cannot make it until half an hour before the event? many people did this and if they had dropped out the night before many people could have gone but if they are three hours away, it is no use to them if someone drops out at 8.30 on Sunday morning. People need to be a bit more organised, a bit less selfish and show more consideration to others. Anyway, I have got that off my chest so rant over.
We arrived at 9 in the morning and were parked up very swiftly. A Morgan rep pointed us at where to get tickets for the factory tour which was free and the drives around The hills in a Morgan which were going for a tenner donated to a worthy charity. I was still suffering from a headache I picked up on Friday night so didn’t feel up to tearing around the hills in a three wheeler. Another time for sure. Anyway, it was apparent that Morgan had really got this day well organised. The Tours were a shotened tour but well organised. You turned up at the bandstand at the allotted time and your tour began. Food too was readily available form their restaurant and from a number of vans on site and it was very reasonably priced and the queuing again was minimal. It really was very impressive.
Our shortened tour of about half an hour actually was 50 minutes and we really did see a lot. I have done the tour twice before but it still fascinates me. They have a museum to explore too and a gift shop that had some real bargains on offer. To cap it all the sun shone and it all made for a wonderful morning. For us this was the best Pistonheads Sunday Service that we have ever attended.
By just before twelve we had seen all we wanted to see and photographed all we wanted to, so we headed off to Malvern for lunch in Wetherspoons. This really did finish off a perfect morning, marred for me only by an excruciating headache which finally saw me succumb to bed in the afternoon.
Everytime I go the Morgan factory I come away wanting a Morgan. In truth without a garage and without 30K in my back pocket it is one dream I will have to pass on. Still that place brings out the boy in me and I think it does for most people who go there!Car Events 2014 - The Pistonheads Sunday Service at the Morgan Motor Company This event took place on Sunday 13th April at the Morgan Motor Company about 3 miles from my house.