|MOTTISFONT ABBEY, ROMSEY
Sunday 29 July 2007
|Central Southern and Wessex Sections joined forces for the visit to this National Trust property.
Despite heavy rain overnight, sixteen motor cars with their hardy owners and passengers arrived. They were richly rewarded with blue skies, and a gentle breeze. The start of summer maybe? As a result, picnic tables and chairs were soon appearing and a pleasant time seemed to be had by all.
There was more than usual interest shown by the public in the Club cars. One visitor had been 'dragged out by the wife for the day', and turned out to be a member from South West section. He was a happy boy!
The main house, origins of which date back to a 12th Century priory, has some interesting features including the Drawing Room with a trompe-l'oeil painted by Rex Whistler. Although the ground remained damp underfoot, members enjoyed walking through the estate. Beautiful lawns and trees, with the bonus of the fast flowing River Test running through the grounds all made for an enjoyable day out. There were some very tasty looking trout in the river too.
It was good to have our two youngest Central Southern members with us too - namely Adam Collins and 'Me Too' Ferrier. (The latter is a new Dalmatian puppy owned by you know who!).
My thanks to the marshals of the day - Darren Collins, Stephen Gray and Tony Leach.
David Gray - Section Committee Member
|Mottisfont Abbey - now a handsome house set in glorious grounds.|
|There was more than usual interest shown by the public in the Club cars.||Photos: Ian Burt|