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Avon Valley Railway 1940’s Event

Avon Valley Railway 1940’s Event

Today, poorly or not, we decided to go to Bitton in Bristol. Somewhere we haven’t been for 7 years, but changed our lives forever. This pretty little volunteer run Railway was I got married in 2012! The first members of the public to wed on the line, I immediately fell in love with the place and friendly staff.

Whilst showing me around our possible wedding venue, I happened to glance in the engine shed at a large pile of iron. The Station Master tried to distract my attention back to the steam loco, but I enquired what they were doing up in the shed. It ended up being a Diesel engine used in the D Day landings (WD70031, later named Grumpy on a another war department mission where each loco was named after one of the seven dwarves) and eventually our wedding train.

I couldn’t wait to see the place again and it was a shame that only a couple of volunteers there today were around on our big day. I consoled myself with spam fritters and enjoyed the short train ride up and down the line.

There was a fantastic prop Spitfire, many military vehicles and in the centre of the display… our Grumpy. It’s not a pretty loco, it wasn’t made to be, but it felt like an old friend and I was rather emotional seeing it again.

This was obviously the highlight of my day, other than showing little Betsy. I think she very much enjoyed the Punch and Judy Show featuring Churchill and Hitler.

What a joy also to see our friends Lady She and Jayne Darling too! Lady She gave me an excited squeal when she saw us and gifted Betsy a lovely necklace. I think she was also rather delighted with the Fry’s Chocolate Train too!

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Mermaid Shoot with Neil Kendall Photography

Mermaid Shoot with Neil Kendall Photography

I meant to post these amazing photos ages ago, but due to one thing and the other it has taken until now to show you!

It is no secret that I flipping LOVE mermaids and have wanted to do a shoot for years in this theme. Well, I was booked in with Nez to do a Halloween shoot (I adore his dramatic sets and lighting)…but then BHAM! He has to go and get a giant clam shell and get me all excited didn’t he.

I bought a little white taxidermy stoat from him a while back and decided to hide him in the photos! Using EVA foam, I fashioned an old fashioned diver’s helmet for the little critter and he hasn’t taken it off since. See if you can spot him in the pictures below.

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PRE-WARNING! THE FOLLOWING IMAGES ARE NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN. THEY FEATURE BOOBIES IN PASTIES AND A WHOLE LOTTA SHADE. SO LITTLE KIDDIES…SASHAY AWAY…

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Please note that all images are copyright Neil Kendall Photography. Image of stoat diver (Nez) copyright Kitten von Mew.

Woody’s Winter Dance 1st Feb 2020


This fantastic dance is the night before Stoneleigh Militaria and an incredibly popular event!

Woody at War is the perfect Wartime DJ and singer Kitten Von Mew will also be doing some 1940’s classics for your delectation.