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EARNLEY BUTTERFLIES AND GARDENS
Sunday 27 July 2008

Twenty motor cars gathered on what must have been the hottest Sunday of the year so far to picnic at Earnley Gardens. Despite heavy traffic on the Witterings road (heading for the beach), a good turn out of Club cars was achieved. We had been allocated a special area to park, with freedom of the Gardens and all attractions.

Members marvelled at the butterflies and beauty of the tropical birds. Those who had enough patience could even watch the butterflies emerge from the pupa, and dry their wings. The majority went for the 'ones made earlier' option! In the animal rescue centre, a real rescue took place when one of the large tortoises accidentally fell onto its back, causing a prompt call to the keeper by our very own Kate and Simon. Following the drama, members strolled through the themed gardens, with authentic tropical heat, specially arranged just for the day! Later we took welcome refreshments in the form of our complimentary cream teas, and very nice they were too.

The Museum of the 20th Century was of great interest as many a "I remember those" was heard to echo in the hall. With such glorious picnic weather, we all took advantage of catching up with old friends under the shade of a parasol. A few technical questions and answers were resolved over a glass of wine and most stayed right into the evening. A big thank you is in order to 'Butterfly Bill' and his wife who cut the grass and got up extra early that day to bake the scones.

Darren Collins - Section Spares/Technical Officer


Butterfly   Parrot   Flower   Flower2
Butterflies, birds and flowers - just some of the many attractions of Earnley Gardens.
Picnicking   Cars
Picnicking in glorious weather.
Older cars   Older motor cars
Impressive display of older motor cars.
Photos: Ian Burt