Every year I get offered discounted tickets to the Caravan and Motorhome show at the NEC and I never go so this year I thought I would take a look and see what it's all about. I used my travel pass to get there for free on the the train and all I can say is IT'S HUGE! 11 Halls to be precise. I think I got about half way round but when you've seen all the Swift caravan range from one dealer and then another and another it gets a bit monotonous. I did see a couple of vans that could be OK for the future and some other interesting exhibits but I don't think I'll be doing it again.
In the middle of October I needed to go to Northern Ireland as I had some meetings for work. As the meetings were Monday and Tuesday I thought it would be nice to go for the weekend and visit the Giants Causeway. I stayed the first night in Bushmills, just a few hundred yards from the visitor centre. Unfortunately it rained all day so all the photos are taken from under the umbrella except for the last two which were taken next morning from the guest house where I stayed.
The next morning the weather was beautiful so I booked a ticket to the Titanic museum in Belfast. It tells the story of shipbuilding in the city and the building of the Titanic. Belfast has a long history of shipbuilding and Harland and Wolfe built many luxury liners as well as warships. Two of the large gantry cranes are still there, nicknamed Samson and Goliath. The view taken from the window looks down on the two docks where Titanic and her sister ship Olympic were built. It gives an idea of the size of the ships.
I was also able to go aboard Nomadic which was built as a tender for Titanic and other vessels and is the last remaining White Star Line ship.
My meeting on the Monday was at Cafre College, Geenmount Campus which is an agricultural college and has lovely grounds.
I stayed in a really nice guest house not far from Belfast International airport.
On the Monday I took the caravan to Poolsbrook Country Park just outside Chesterfield in Derbyshire. (Famous for the crooked green church spire). I used my new bus pass to take the bus into Chesterfield and have a look around (giving my age away here). It is a nice market town which has a really good flea market on Thursday mornings so I went back again on the Thursday, with the car this time as I intended to go to Hardwick Hall afterwards. I bought a couple of things but can't share them as they are presents!
Visit to Hardwick Hall.
Built by Bess of Hardwick who was the richest woman in England after Queen Elizabeth I. She gained her wealth though her marriages and owned several other houses as well including Chatsworth (not the current building but the previous one). She had her initials built into the brickwork at the front of the house for everyone to see, ES for Elizabeth Shrewsbury.
I also visited Bakewell which is a pretty little town on the side of a river.
It was my birthday in September and I had lots of lovely cards and presents, and some beautiful flowers. Thank you everyone.
Instead of buying cake to take to work I decided to bake some. Now I haven't baked a cake for years so I was not quite sure how they would turn out but I was actually quite pleased, they were yummy!. I did an apple crumble cake, a blueberry lime drizzle and a batch of sultana scones.
I am Jenny (when I was little my dad always called me Jenny Wren) and I enjoy making hand crafted things. Watch this space to see what I am working on.