Darley Dale, 2009

We attended the rally at Darley Dale last year and we enjoyed the location and the Peak Railway, so we looked forward to coming again this year. We were first to arrive and it made a nice change to welcome Ian and Linda with a cup of tea and biscuits. We two were the only units that attended for the weekend, as Gwen and Fred were unable to attend at last minute.

The site was hosting the vintage transport rally for “MENCAP” and included in the rally fee was entry for the Saturday and Sunday all funds going towards the charity.

Saturday was a hot one and we went round the show and saw some of the exhibition’s which included classic vehicles, trade stands, tractors and steam engines including members Peter and Anne Barker whom had a ‘bygone milking machine and chiller’ on display.

We took a run down to Sainsburys to buy some sun block for our son Jack as we forgot to bring it and we also forgot the camera so sorry no pictures but I believe Ian may have taken some.

There was free entertainment in the beer tent which Ian and Linda went to see, apparently the Singer was very good and a bit of a Rock Chick. We attempted to keep Jack awake to try and catch the entertainment but the times were shown wrong in the programme and it was too late.

Sunday was a bit overcast and we decided to have a ride on the peak rail steam train which we found much more comfortable and cleaner than the current so call modern rolling stock we commute to London on. “One small seat for man, one giant leap backwards in the guise of efficiency”.

That afternoon we went round the show again and got some bargains where traders were flogging stuff cheap before packing up for the weekend. We sat outside of our vans for corned beef sandwiches and tea and it was nice to see Ian and Linda’s dogs a lot calmer than what we are used to. Very well behaved. In the evening Ian and Linda came into our trailer for drink’s and a game of cards. Now that was a good night! Many a good story was told………………………

Ian and Linda left early Monday to head off down south to see some family, we packed up and made our way home soon after – it was nice to pack away our trailer without the rain which normally happens on the day of departure.

It was a good weekend, to see old friends and an enjoyable change of routine.

Joanne and Phil Green (and Baby Jack)

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