Tuesday, 10 June 2014
Birthday at The Duke
For my birthday at the end of May, I roadtripped down to Cornwall for a long weekend, staying in a 1940s showman's wagon. It was the best! I had such a lovely time and didn't want to come home - I wanted to have Soldier sent down and stay there forever.
Sitting in his own wildflower meadow, The Duke is a majestic beauty from a bygone era; an era of travelling carnivals, side shows and circus spectacles. One of my favourite books as a child was Mr Galliano's Circus by Enid Blyton. I must've read it about a hundred times and dreamt of running off to join the circus, living in a caravan and masquerading as a daring acrobat/horseback rider by night. So staying in Duke was like a dream come true! He has been beautifully restored and the interior is just divine, with dark wood furniture, fresh flowers, a cosy wood burner and lots of vintage treasures scattered throughout. The view over the meadow is so peaceful and we shared it with two inquisitive robins and several wild bunnies who I loved to watch hop about.
I met Duke's owner - Kit - through Twitter and Instagram and it was so lovely to finally meet her and her beautiful dogs, Brook and Peggy, who I wanted to steal. I was lucky enough to take the dogs out for a walk one morning with Kit and generally had a splendid time.
Remember the cake I raved about at easter? Hannes' mum made me another to take with us. Ohmygosh. We ate the entire thing, obviously.
Ohhh, take me back.
As well as The Duke, there are three other wagons at Spring Park, all of them unique and beautifully restored.
Check back soon for parts two, three and four of my mini holiday! I don't know how we crammed so much into three days!
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