Living only a few miles from the Goodwood Estate my Facebook timeline has been peppered with photos and updates from Glorious Goodwood this week. The Qatar Goodwood Festival (as it’s officially known this year!) is one of the big events in Lord March’s calendar and revolves around five days of horseracing, fashion and celebrities, but elsewhere on the estate other (more low key) things are going on too and yesterday we spent the day at a very different kind of event, the Goodwood Road & Racing Club families day.
The event revolved around a display of classic cars beautifully laid out on Lord March’s front lawn with a vintage fairground which was entirely free. We pitched next to the Helter Skelter with our chairs and picnic and once he got the hang of it and the confidence to scale the stairs on his own, Theo had hours of fun shooting down the slide on his straw mat and rushing straight back up to the top for another go.
There was also a Punch & Judy show (did I dream it, I could have sworn they had been banned a few years ago?) which the children were enthralled by and the adults seemed to enjoy too
Amongst the cars on display and in the car park were a couple of Morris Travellers and a Morris Convertible, which meant that we actually saw a Morris Traveller for the first time in the flesh… two weeks after we bought one of our own! Fortunately we weren’t put off by what we saw (quite the contrary) and we are all itching to see ‘Maggie’ later this week when she moves to her new home.
I must admit I did spend a big bulk of the time yesterday just sitting back and drinking in the atmosphere, rather than running round with the camera trying to document it all. After so many disappointing days of weather this summer it was wonderful that the sun actually shone and the temperature was just right, summer days like we had are so rare and special.
There are a few other things we hope to do this month and I’m just hoping we manage to be as lucky again with the weather…
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