Tuesday, 17 June 2014

"Weekend Away"

Hello Blog friends, followers and anyone who just happens to pop in.  Thank you for your visit I love that you take time to call in to see what I have been up to.  Please leave a comment that way I can link back to you to see what you do.
Busy, busy, weekend was had by our little family.  John Jnr, Audrey, Thomas, Robert, John and  myself took off on Saturday for the 2 hour drive to Elgin (North East Scotland).  We had a beautiful run up, through spectacular countryside, all the rain has done something!!!!!!  After our overnight stay in Elgin we were up bright and early, breakfast then on the road again.  Not far this time, along to Dufftown where there was a Special 1940s Weekend on the Keith to Dufftown Heritage Railway.   A fantastic day was had by all, no sunshine but at least the rain stayed off.  Lots of planning done by the volunteers, these people had worked so hard.
Here are a few photos of the event:-




Unfortunately they don`t have a "steam" engine

Tea Time

More Tea time

 
My boys having a rest in Keith Town (don`t know where Audrey was)
Audrey certainly was not looking in any shops ....... none were open, it was Sunday.  We really struggled to get something to eat.  Ended up going into Tesco in Keith (no cafe in that one) buying things to eat and drink.  Then they wonder why visitor numbers are down in general!!!!  There were lots of people milling about looking for the same sort of thing.  The Royal Hotel was too busy with a "booking" to serve Lunches..............I could hardly believe my ears.  They had a big sign outside saying "food served all day" but NOT that day that`s for sure.  This was a big weekend, if I had a small "eatery" business I would certainly have been open.  The little Railway only had limited facilities.  Again I am sure there must have been Burger/sandwich vans that could have been drafted in for the day.  That was the only down side of the whole weekend.  We did have loads of supplies, they were in the cars back at the other end of the line in Dufftown........planning eh!!!
This morning I am off to do a Craft Class along at the Tearoom.  I have been busy doing bits for that since we got back on Sunday evening ...... Oh! think I need a holiday.......!!!!!

That`s it for today folks
Thank you for popping by I really appreciate it
Till next time
Hugs
Patricia xx

36 comments:

  1. Morning Patricia,

    LOL! sounds like you had a fabulous weekend, you're right in what a missed opportunity for someone, they could have made a bomb with a little tea stall or burger van unless there is some rule from the local council they are not allowed!!! Glad you had a good weekend anyway, the photos are fab.and enjoy your craft class.

    Love & Hugs

    Jacquie J xxx
    http://jewelscardcraft.blogspot.co.uk/

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  2. HI Patricia, glad you had a great weekend - except for the 'missing' food and don't you always find that in these circumstances you just get so hungry!! But you are right, you'd think with a big weekend everything would be open...fab photos! Hugs Carole Z X

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  3. Morning Patricia, What a fabulous weekend you all had, it sounds terrific apart from the lack of food. What a shame no-one had thought to do a 'pop up' eaterie, they would have made a fortune.
    Great piccies, Patricia, I love the 40's weekend at my hubby's preserved Railway (where he volunteers) in Cheddleton, everyone in great spirits, dressing up, and lots and lots to look at, but it would be a real 'let down' if the steam engines 'failed' and they had to use DMU's.
    So glad you all enjoyed yourselves.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

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  4. It sounds like you had a fabulous time, despite you hunt for food! Thank you for sharing your brilliant photos.
    I hope you enjoy your craft class today.
    hugs Sue xx

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  5. Looks like a brilliant weekend except for the lack of food! Thanks for sharing your lovely photos of the day. Enjoy your craft class this morning.
    Rebecca.

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  6. Sounds like a grand day, except for food. xxxx

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  7. Love the photos, a steam engine would have been great...looks like you enjoyed the day...xx aNNie ♥

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  8. Lovely pictures Patricia...as you might know we are 1940's re-inactors
    its such great fun dressing up...out next one is in around 3 weeks will post some pics on my blog afterwards...

    Anne

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  9. Fab photos - and glad the weather stayed dry for you xx it never ceases to amaze me when you visit a tourist attraction and you cannot find anywhere to sit and have a coffee/sandwich - it is almost as though they want you to visit but not stay - but glad you managed to find a way around it - hope you craft day goes well and not heard much about the rebels recently so hopefully they are not being tooooo rebellious xx GailT xx

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  10. Fab photos - thanks for sharing and glad the weather stayed dry for you xx hope the craft class goes well and the rebels have now stopped rebelling xx GailT xx

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  11. But you've only got back from holiday?! LOL.
    It looks like you had a fab weekend, shame about the food situations. They are so missing a trick over there....if you'd come the other side of Elgin I could have given you a whole list of places you could have eaten at on a Sunday.
    Good luck organising your class, I look forwards to seeing what you design.

    Happy crafting hugs Erika. x

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  12. Your weekend trip sounded wonderful. There really was a lot to see. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  13. shame about the eateries Patricia but it looks like you had fun anyway - hope you have a good class today xx

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  14. The ups and downs of a 1940's weekend eh?! We don't always do hospitality well in this country which never fails to amaze me. Hope the craft class went well again. Jenny x

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  15. Hello Patricia, it never fails to amaze me the lack of thought for tourists in Scotland, we are very poor at the hospitality business, Certainly a failed opportunity there.
    Great photoes, love the old motor bike and the photo of your boys is just lovely, pleased you had a good time, hugs Kate x

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  16. Sure looks like you all had a wonderful weekend! Lovely shots from a fabulous outing. It's so lovely to step back into time, isn't it? Glad you liked it! Hugs, Ira xox
    Ira’s Crea Corner

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  17. Hi Patricia, TFS your wkend with us. Sounds like so much fun, even if you didn't have sunshine & some lunch available easily. Bet the boys loved riding that wonderful old train, and I can just imagine that you enjoyed some spectacular scenery. Agree with you on the eateries not being open for a big visitor wkend. Poor planning..it's everywhere! Hugs & rest up. (Handsome gentlemen in your family too).

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  18. Hi Patricia,
    fab photos of a wonderful outing.
    Can't believe there was hardly any places to eat on such an occasion.
    Such a pity there was no Steam Engine too.
    I bet the boys would love our Dymchurch little steam engines and
    all what goes on there they even have a Thomas day and a Fat Controller too.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

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  19. Greetings Patricia, love all the pictures, glad you were able to find a place to buy some supplies even though most places to eat were closed.

    Hugs Diane

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  20. hi Patricia, fabulous photo`s ..fancy having no where open serving food..bad planning, nothing worse than being hungry after a wonderful time...
    pam

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  21. Brilliant photo's, it looks like you had a fabulous time.
    Lorraine x

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  22. Hi Patricia
    What smashing photos and what handsome boys you have!
    I sense a new venture . . . . . .Patricia's Baps! I'm sure they'll go down a storm in Keith lol!
    Must catch up soon.
    Ang x

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  23. Hi I am the organizer of the event and the Desert Rat in your pictures, I am glad you enjoyed the event, we had a great weekend and raised £614 for help for heroes, sorry to hear about the catering, Keith station is too small to have a restaurant but we did have the following;
    30 seat 'buffer stop' restaurant dining car.
    40 seat 'spirit of speyside' dining coach
    Wartime NAFFI wagon, (see your photo's) selling tea, coffee, spam rolls and bully beef butties, Not bad for a railway run entirely by volunteers !!!!! Nigel.

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  24. I see what you mean about Nigel thinking you didn't think they had enough food out let's, where as you were meaning Keith itself, the town could have been on the ball and had a few coffee shops open even. They did do well raising the amount they did. Hazel x

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