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A Day At Downton Abbey

October 18, 2011 - 11:11 am No Comments

Sunday, 16th October – what a beautiful day… to spend at Highclere Castle (or Downton Abbey as we at Gecko call it) for their Heroes At Highclere event – raising funds for armed forces charities.

Help for Heroes

Help for Heroes

The Heroes event was a great way to raise funds for some fabulous charities, including: Help For Heroes, Royal British Legion, ABF, Horses For Heroes and the Florence Nightingale Foundation. There was masses to see and do, including watching the Kings Troop & Royal Artillery, the Royal Army Physical Training Corps and Heroes Help Horses

We also saw the fantastic War Horse, which is amazingly realistic – people watching obviously felt genuine emotion for the horse!

War Horse

War Horse

Various fabulous actors in vintage dress…

Vintage Dress

Vintage Dress

…and we were able to meet The Earl of Grantham, Isobel Crawley, Mr Carson, Mrs Patmore, Daisy Robinson and Tom Branson

Downton Abbey's Mr Carson

Downton Abbey's Mr Carson

A great day in great surroundings – and we have more to tell…

Autumnal Fun

October 15, 2011 - 1:58 pm 1,036 Comments
On The Ridgeway

On The Ridgeway

Yesterday it was such a glorious afternoon that I knocked off work early and went walking on the Ridgeway with two of ‘The Board.’
We all enjoyed a two hour walk in the autumnal, afternoon sunshine. Our walk finished as the sun went down and there began to be a chill in the hour. ‘The Board’. Got home ate dinner and had wonderful dreams of running and chasing

This morning the whole board came out in the fabulous morning sunshine – not a cloud in the sky. We met lots of their friends and everyone ran round.

Autumn is at its best today.

Autumn Continues

October 11, 2011 - 7:02 pm 1,023 Comments
Autumn Leaves In Berkshire

Autumn Leaves In Berkshire

The sun has been shining, the wind has been blowing – but it feels quite mild today. We thought of this poem as we watched the sun disappear behind the russet leaved trees today…

A touch of cold in the Autumn night—
I walked abroad,
And saw the ruddy moon lean over a hedge
Like a red-faced farmer.
I did not stop to speak, but nodded,
And round about were the wistful stars
With white faces like town children.
T.E Hulme

The Season Of Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness

October 10, 2011 - 12:56 pm 1,006 Comments

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For Summer has o’er-brimm’d their clammy cells.

It certainly is as Keats described here in Berkshire today – we will certainly be wrapping up warm to venture out later on with ‘the Chairman and Board’.
We were reminded of this great campaign from White Stuff. We may not go as far as wearing a
tea-cosy on our head yet – but will bear it in mind as the dark, winter nights draw in further!

White Stuff, A/W 2011 - Wear a tea cosy!

White Stuff, A/W 2011 - Wear a tea cosy!