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D Day 75th Anniversary Commemorations 2019


I’m a little confused about the programming and events surrounding D-Day. I’ve so far heard ‘celebration’ and ‘celebrating’ used several times AND some 1950’s dancers? This isn’t a celebration. I even came across a D Day dance at a military museum, listing it as ’40’s themed fun.’
This is remembrance of one of many horrific events of WW2. Yes, morale was an incredibly important part of the war effort, but we should be focusing on the real D Day events here. Young people losing their lives, some couldn’t swim and merely drowned getting off the ducks/ platforms, most were killed or wounded, scared out of their bloody mind. Men watched friends being blown apart right in front of their eyes on sand that we now sunbathe on. All for protecting our country from a man and his horrendous ideals.
Can we not treat this like some kind of Butlin’s special or regular 1940’s themed events? This is a remembrance and should be treated as such.
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Southam Retro Revival 2019

Southam Retro Revival 2019

Well it’s only a week away and I can’t wait! Southam Retro Revival will be taking over the town with vintage cars, stalls and entertainment. I’ll be on stage at 12.55pm AND hosting a stall of my vintage and vintage inspired stuff. I’ll have clothing, accessories and some homeware, so make room in your cars to bring home a load of goodies!

Tennessee Wig Walk


I thought I would share this video with you. It’s Betsy Rose and I singing Tennessee Wig Walk in the garden yesterday!

I’ve been singing it on the way to nursery school for a few weeks now and she loves it.

https://youtu.be/yesrC2Mn0DE

Stratford Festival of Motoring 2019

Stratford Festival of Motoring 2019

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Stratford Herald 9th May 2019

I haven’t been to the Stratford Festival of Motoring for at least 10 years. Many years ago, you just had to wonder down the little road on Waterside on a Saturday to see a plethora of amazing classic bikes, sports cars and rods. It was THE place to be seen with your customised vehicle and I remember drooling over Harley Davidson low riders and the odd classic car.

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This tradition got banned because of complaints from the home owners. It was a shame, but understandable. Now, unless you like to sit in carparks, this car show is the best way to see some of the amazing vehicles that once could be found parked up in town.

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I saw some really wonderful cars and campers, but would’ve preferred it if all the vintage vehicles had been in their own section. We found a few up Henley Street, a couple more at the market place and then a couple more in another road. I personally don’t want to have to look at suped up Ford Fiestas or the Mercedes posing cars you see every weekend going up Bridge Street. That’s just my view, I know others may prefer the modern or 90’s motors. I would just prefer it if the cars were sectioned into eras or types.

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There was a fantastic American Taxi and some beautiful hot rods at the motor festival, which were jaw dropping. Ive added some super photos by Charlotte Doran Davis, Mark Anton Smith and a few snaps that I got too…

GWSR 1940’s Weekend Steam Railway


Well, you may’ve seen a familiar face on all the GWSR advertising for this weekend!

I am back at the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway on Saturday only, entertaining you as you embark the train at Cheltenham Racecourse Station. The GWSR Wartime Weekend is a wonderful 1940’s themed event spread across various stations. Entertainers, military and civilian reenactors all help to bring the era to life.

You can see me sing some 1940’s classics at 9.30, 10.30, 11.30 and 12.30 as you board the train for your exciting day to the past.

Vintage Photoshoot with CSN Photography at GWSR


In early March I had the pleasure of working with Chris Nicholls of CSN Photography! We visited the beautiful and peaceful GWSR as they prepared for yet another busy season. The weather was questionable, but we made the most of the odd sunny spell between the showers!

So here are my top pick pics for you! In the 1940’s themed images I am wearing an original 40’s swing coat, crepe dress and hat. The shoes are from Johnson’s Originals. In the 50’s/60’s images I am wearing an original novelty print vintage dress and Clark’s Shoes.

I am very much looking forward to shooting with CSN Photography again. As he is used to frequenting at vintage military events, Chris has a keen eye for detail! It’s a shame we couldn’t shoot more of the dress, but it was flipping cold at this point and the weather was really turning!

The Farm Stratford upon Avon


Well today was the grand opening of our new local farm shop.

A posh deli affair with meat and fish counters, tapas, bakery, wines, handmade chocolate, pasta, fresh fruit and vegetables, beautiful flowers, a cafe (with stone baked pizza!), cookery courses and play areas for the kiddies.

This isn’t somewhere to go for your weekly shop, but makes for a superb afternoon out if you don’t want to battle the town traffic. Got a special meal to prepare? Or maybe looking for somewhere new and interesting to meet friends for tea and cake? This new farm shop is perfect and the presentation of goods is impeccable.

Kitten Von Mew and Charlotte Doran Davies, wearing blouses from Heyday Online (hat is original 1940’s)

Betsy adored both play areas! The indoor area had a mini shop counter with toy produce, chalk boards and other bits. The outside features a wooden adventure playground flanked by 2 Wendy house structures. It has a slide and rope bridge to keep children amused, whilst you sip your coffee outside.

I think the farm shop will continue to grow. You can see their goats, Pamela the pig and some Donkeys, as well as a newly planted herb and vegetable garden. Let’s hope for some chickens and more!

I’m looking forward to more visits to The Farm Stratford, purely to taste more of the wonderful gluten free cakes! I had a piece of the passion fruit one and it was amazing! The pizza looked scrumptious too.