Occasionally, Miss Wednesday is allowed out. For the safety of the general public, she’s usually quite strictly chaperoned and it is only very occasionally…
Last Sunday, 3rd August, Miss Sara and Miss Wednesday went to Mount Edgecumbe for their Classic Car Show and Summer Fayre. There was also a Miss Ivy Events Vintage and Artisan Fair on, so it seemed an ideal opportunity to visit.
Mount Edgecumbe is the former home of the Earls of Mount Edgcumbe. Set in Grade I Cornish Gardens within 865 acres Country Park on the Rame Peninsula, South East Cornwall, it is now council-owned and a wonderful venue for many a wedding and event. The grounds are stunning and well worth a visit, especially as most of the park is open from 8am to dusk daily, all year round and is free to visit. The house and the Earl’s Garden are open during the summer, usually from the start of April to the end of September, although not every day. There is a charge to visit these areas.
But back to last Sunday…
Miss Sara gave strict instructions to Miss Wednesday to arrive by 11.30 at the latest (knowing Miss Wednesday’s tendency to be tardy) and they set off at about 11.45 am. It proved to be a mistake, as the road from Looe to Mount Edgecumbe is narrow, windy and with more than one bottleneck. All it takes is for one person to be rubbish at reversing and the entire area snarls up. But it was a beautiful day and they had the roof off the Lotus so…
On arrival, they were directed to park in with the classics, which was rather nice, and Lottie was much admired and photographed. Almost as much as Miss Sara, in fact!
Miss Sara was wearing her Sundae Best Dress and Miss Wednesday sported her favourite Diana with sweetheart neckline, in strawberry gingham fabric. Not the matching shoes, though. Oh no. Not for tramping around on grass. Miss L Fire Dollie wedges were perfect. Miss Sara had flat, dotty pumps but Miss Wednesday doesn’t own any flat shoes other than her riding boots, which would have looked slightly out of place.
They wandered around drooling over the cars for a couple of hours, visited the food stands – Miss Sara is fond of a proper hotdog*, none of that Cumberland sausage in a brioche bun ponciness for her, thank you – and the bar (which had run out of cider and only had nasty additive-filled tonic water so nothing for Wednesday) and then headed up towards the house and the vintage fair. There were quite a few stands up there, including the wonderful Trish of Just Seven with her glorious hats and quite a lot of proper vintage clothing. Miss Wednesday spotted The Little Green Van Company, who have a beautiful 1974 Citroen van named Laurent, with a coffee machine, and which was serving coffee, cake and ice cream. It looked fabulous and Miss Wednesday, who won’t eat walking around but makes an exception for ice-cream, bought the ice-creams, which were the biggest disappointment of the day. Coming from such a wonderfully presented stand, you could be forgiven for expecting a decent waffle cone and a serving of good ice-cream. Alas, they turned out to be a very small blog of, frankly, cheap and nasty and mostly ice-crystals, stuff perched precariously on a cheap and nasty cone. You know the sort of papery cone that sticks to the roof of your mouth? Yep, that sort. Ick. She won’t be patronising that particular stand again, which is a shame because it looked wonderful.
Overall, however, it was a very nice and relaxed day. Ran into a few friends, drooled over some beautiful cars – what’s not to like?
Miss Sara’s long-suffering partner travelled there on his rather snazzy Lambretta. It garnered a lot of attention. Miss Sara agreed to pose with it for pictures but she drove the Lotus home. Lambrettas and petticoats only work in pictures.
Back down the hill to the waterside – stunning on a sunny day – and home via the coast road and Downderry.
* In Miss Sara’s opinion, a ‘proper hotdog’ is made from very little meat – ‘mostly lips and arseholes’ – and comes in an equally dubious bun. The ketchup should be applied in a line and the mustard dotted, not zigzagged. She’s quite particular about these things.