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Sunday, 10 May 2009

Great day out!

Yesterday i went on one of my favorite days out - Badminton Horse Trials - i will add its not just horses!!!

Badminton house (above) is a beautiful country house set in amazing grounds in the middle of lovely countryside - the drive down takes you through some stunning little villages - so even though you have to queue there is something nice to look at! And queue you certainly do - especially if, like me, you go onthe Saturday which is cross country day. Apparently there are more people who come to this event than anything else throughout the UK in the year! This time hubby came with me and was amazed at how big it was and how many people there were. There are also dogs, of all shapes and sizes everywhere!!! We didn't take ours as Lilly is a bit too old and Molly is so neurotic!!! The funniest thing i saw was a man with two Pyrannean Mountain Dogs - why he bought them i do not know as he could hardly hang on to them and at one point was whisked off his feet when one of them wanted to go see another dog - i wish i could have taken a pic but i was soo close i didn't think he'd be very impressed!!!

As i said its not only watching the riders go cross country there's lots and lots of shopping!!! Some people come only to shop - i like to do both!!! First we decided to walk the course and watch the competitors tackle the huge jumps -
this is a mahoosive table and chairs. Its brilliant to watch horse and rider tackle it like its nothing at all!!!
I won't bore you with all my pics, but you get the idea! I did see Zara Phillips in the warm up arena on her beautiful horse Toytown - Princess Anne was there watching her.

After walking around for a few hours my stomach told me it was time for lunch so we went over to the trade stands - there are soo many foodie things you are spoilt for choice but i soon went for one of these

I love Pimms and it was sooo nice as i wasn't driving home!!! So this was then followed by these

a bacon bap and a cuppa!!! Its amazing how hungry you get out in the fresh air!!!

So after suitable rest we went and had a look at the shopping
i was very restrained and just bought myself and Em a couple of tops - but i did have to buy this and hubby agreed (we have a couple of these beautiful paintings by the same artitist)

its just stunning.

We also fantasized about having one of these in the garden

So after another cuppa and a crepe,we wandered back to the wagon and headed home. I was shattered so it was a lovely surprise when our son and his girlfriend had decided to make us all dinner - so we had this
a gorgeous pasta dish with peppers and toms and onions - and these with it
toasted mini pizza muffins with feta - this pic from the cook book as we didn't have the courgettes on top as son doesn't like them!!
A perfect end to a lovely day!
Hope you are all having a lovely weekend.



silverpebble said...

Ooh I love country shows etc and this one looks fabulous. Bacon bap - one of the best snacks ever. Glad you had such a lovely day x

dottycookie said...

One of my friends qualified for Badminton one year - and it is one of the sngle best day out memories I have, even though it rained and rained.

I am really very envious!

trasha said...

Looks like a triffic day but I just have to ask - did Zara Phillips forget to wipe off the left over foam after shaving Toytown's legs????

Gina said...

What a fabulous day out. The meal you came home too was pretty impressive too!

Diane said...

That looks like a great day out. I am not a horsey fan, but the pimms, champers and all that food!!!!! Badminton looks like a great place to visit

Kitty said...

What a fabulous day out - no wonder you were kerknackered! The welcome home meal must have been like heaven! x

Joy said...

Ooooh, I reckon I could watch those horses jumping all day!! And how pretty is Toytown!!?! What a fabulous day you had ... I'd kill for that Bacon Bap too ... yuuummm ;o)!!!
Joy :o)

LizzieJane said...

What a fun day you had, and what a wonderful meal!

Kerri said...

That look amazing. As I was reading I thought its great to see what people do and eat around world. Thanks for sharing your photos. Its fantastic.

Annie said...

Great day out indeed

Lucy Locket-Pocket said...

What a brilliant sounding day out - and supper in! Even better as it was made for you! Lucy x

Cindra said...

Just stopping by to say hello and tell you I am looking forward to being a part of the ATWQB.

Great day and love to watch the horses going through their vaults. And the painting is wonderful.

Anita in Florida said...

Seems I'm following Cindra. Your pictures are great Maria...looking forward to the Around the World Quilting Bee. Loads of fun.

Dionne said...

What a wonderful day in the country! I can smell the fresh air!

Michaela said...

What a gorgeous painting. Nearly as gorgeous as that pizza!

Indigo Blue said...

Looks like you had a great day. My sister is horse mad so she would have loved to go there.
Are you Maria that I am sending my quilt block to?