Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Dream on......

As the rain kicks in after a glorious weekend, it does seem to be time to pack away the fitflops and factor fifty. It didn't feel like we had much of a summer, especially as I manged to be away for 'the hottest day of the year'. Unbelievably, the sun actually shone on my birthday this year and as all August babies grow up to know, it is a very changeable month with many a birthday party or picnic or trip to the beach abandoned due to inclement weather, amidst howls of high winds and disgruntled children.

However, this year on my birthday I didn't cry because I didn't want to because the sun shone and we went to Margate. To Dreamlands to be precis, the fabulous, relaunched retro theme park with dodgems and a carousel. And a bar. And it was brilliant.
Here I feel I should declare an interest as it was my great great great grandfather, Lord George Sanger, the Victorian circus entrepreneur, who not only added the 'Lord' to his name and introduced the 3-ring circus but also started the Pleasure Gardens in Margate, which subsequently became Dreamlands.

High on excitement and sticky with candy-floss we walked across the sands in the sunshine to the Turner Contemporary gallery to enjoy the Grayson Perry show before nipping up the cemetery to say Hi to the dead rellies.  A fabulous day out in Margate.

Enjoying the last of the summer sun slightly closer to home this weekend, I went to a vintage fair in Bethnal Green and finally met the fabulous Vix vintagevixon.blogspot.co.uk ........ if you are not familiar with her brilliant blog check it out, always a ray of sunshine on even the dullest day.

Top tip: it's all about the conkers now, fill your draws and save your woolies from the moth!!




12 comments:

  1. From one August baby to another: Happy Happy!

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  2. So glad you are doing fine! More and more happy days ahead!
    Olympia

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  3. Happy belated birthday, darling:) xoxo

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  4. Happy Belated Birthday to you!! Looks and sounds like an excellent way to spend the day.
    So lovely to meet you after all these years, wished we could have chatted for longer. xxx

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  5. Try having your birthday in February as I have to ..... many a celebration dinner has had to be cancelled over the years because of snow !!!!
    Sounds like a great birthday was had by you ....... famous relatives, Deamland { I can remember going when I was tiny } and, the wonderful Grayson Perry. XXXX

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  6. I've been meaning to go to Margate for quite a while. I'm told it has changed a lot from what it was twenty years ago!

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  7. Great that you had a really fun birthday!

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  8. Happy Birthday! So your great great great grandfather invented the three ring circus. Now that is an ancestor to be proud of. Have you inherited any circus-y behavior?

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  9. Happy Birthday! Another August baby here (August 30th). I think Margate is mentioned in Mary Poppins. I think it's where Mary and Burt travel to on the magic merry-go-rounds. (In the book, not the movie.)

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  10. What a lovely trip down memory lane! We often spent the whole of Saturday morning on the big slide in Dreamland for just 10p. Those were the days. :-)
    Happy Birthday!

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  11. Oh, I can't compete, heritage-wise, with a g-g-g-grandfather who was a self-proclaimed lord, created the 3-ring circus, and started a Pleasure Garden, But I did have a g-grandfather who was the Willie Wonka of Oslo. Well, he owned a chocolate factory, anyway.

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  12. You must visit the revamped Dreamland - I've not been yet but my daughter did. Now they have reopened the wooden scenic railway

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