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Wartime in the Cotswolds 2017


I am overjoyed to announce that I will be singing at this fantastic 1940’s railway event this year!

Having not been to this particular event before, I am excited to see all the sites and sounds myself. Wartime in the Cotswolds starts at Cheltenham Racecourse station…and luckily for you, that is where I will be starting my singing sets!

9.30, 10.30 and 11.30 at Cheltenham Racecourse.

1.30 and 2.30 at Gotherington.

For more information on this event click here!


Photo from the GWSR website.

Crich Tramway WWII Weekend 2017


Although I’ve had a migraine since last Tuesday, we were hell bent on getting a nice family outing in this Easter weekend!

Luckily Crich is only around 90 minutes from us, so doable with a 21 month old. It was Betsy’s first time at the open air museum and she LOVED the ride on the tram!

I think most people were shocked at the fact we actually had a ‘real live person’ inside our vintage pram as we trundled across the cobbled streets. It was lovely to see familiar faces from past events, but the weather was a little chilly and we found it hard to stand still for too long (even in my coat!).

So here are a few photos from this year. I should’ve taken more, but was had to keep my eye on Queen B at the same time!

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Jayne Darling, 1940’s singer

Myself with Jo Francis. Was lovely to catch up with this truly lovely lady!

‘The stand off’…

Black Country Museum WW2 Weekend


I am soooooo sorry that this post (and others coming) is crazily delayed. To put it bluntly, I not only have my computer in a rather nippy brick shed, but little Betsy likes to come in here and throw my crafting things around. It takes me a good hour to edit photos before even attempting a post, and that is if Richard is here to look after her!

So I thought I would go through my camera card to see what delights we had in 2016 and this was one of them. I have been to the Black Country Museum several times, but never to one of their wartime events. The open air museum is a huge expanse and is also linked to the waterways. Some of you may recognise parts from Peaky Blinders, which used it as a set!

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Workshop

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Mock fire in the main street. It did make me chuckle howt hey had to aim the water at the brick wall, but it was a nicely done reenactment

You can take a really great tour on the barges through the limestone tunnels that were important networks for the iron industry in the 19th and 20th century. It is an extra fee, but seriously worth it and a nice sit down after all the walking.

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Inside the limestone tunnels

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Richard and Betsy

Kitten and Betsy on the Barge

Kitten and Betsy on the Barge

Barge Trip on Dudley Canal

Barge Trip on Dudley Canal

It was lovely seeing the place themed to wartime and the amount of people dressed up in civilian and military! There was a little Land Army set up in a garden, plenty of fabulous vintage vehicles, the old fun fair (extra charges again), a mock house fire in the main street, Churchill making appearances and some vintage stalls. We found the best clothing was in the brick buildings as you enter the museum! The school house had a very interesting exhibit of original clothing and brooches that I was swooning over for a rather long time…

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Women’s clothing exhibit

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The Children’s Clothing Display

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Brooches and Pins Display

Live music was scheduled throughout the day, but unfortunately we were too busy walking around to see any of it. BE WARNED! There is an awful lot of walking, so if you have young children, prams, high heels, this can get rather tiring. The ground is uneven or stony in many areas. Things are very spaced out, so be prepared. Also, one thing to point out is that by the coal mine, there is a lot of coal gravel. Betsy enjoyed picking these up and her shoes (and Richard’s white trousers) got covered in coal dust. Not a major thing, but just a heads-up to parents.

We had a wonderful day and I think Betsy enjoyed the strange sights and sounds too. There is a little park area that she could toddle about in and she didn’t cry once in the darkness of the canal tours. There are plenty of places to eat and we chose the restaurant after the barge ride. It serves hot and cold food and we ate a little early to avoid the huge lunchtime crowds! So here are a few photos of our lovely day. Maybe you could go this year!

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Williams Motors motorcycle helmet

Williams Motors motorcycle helmet

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Land Army

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Wearing a 1930’s dress coat, 1940’s crepe dress, original hat and handbag.

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This wonderful chap interviewed me at Severn Valley Railway 10 years ago!

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Having a natter

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Churchill needs longer trousers…

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Daily Mail Article


Click here to read the article.

Ah yes, another corker of an article released today about our lifestyle; full of misquotes and fabrications to make us look weird. Always take this type of thing with a pinch of salt and a smirk! 

Apparently we eat like they did in the Blitz (you know…powdered egg, rationed bacon, spam, pizza, tiramisu, korma…)

Betsy’s Bing and Peppa Pig toys are from an ‘erstwhile age.’

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Oh and of course Betsy loves the wartime classics (?!), like this fairies book from 1950 for instance (blatantly on the front cover)…

The grammar is impeccable…if you aren’t fussed about punctuation and sentences making sense…

This wonderful image below was used in the article and not credited. It was taken by the talented Candee Photography!

As you can see from part of this email, I previously contacted the company about misquotes and other info. Some of it was taken onboard… I mean, they corrected my name.

Finally, thank you to Koray Erol the photographer. He did a great job on the day!

Stocking Hair Roll


Well I’m absolutely pooped as you can probably tell from these photos!

I thought i would show you a great way to use your laddered stocking or tights as I laddered my What Katie Did ones when stepping out of a racing car this weekend!

Goodwood Revival 2016


Well it is here again! One of the greatest vintage events in the country, let alone the cars, motorbikes and aircraft! 

I will be posing around the public areas in my fabulous RAF corset outfit, but also doing a few songs in the vintage radio set located in one of the VIP marquees! 

As you will know, months of preparation and hard toil goes in to creating and theming this epic meet, so a huge pat on the back must go to Sue and her GAG team for all their creative genius. I for one cannot wait to see what lies in store this year. Remember to come over and ask for a photo if you spot me, that’s what I’m there for! I will be at Goodwood Revival for the 3 days and I hope to see you all there!


Battles for Victory Photos 2016


Apologies for posting these so late, it has been rather hectic and trying to get onto the computer when you have a baby running around is impossible!

Well this fantastic show was held in a park. A beautiful setting with a large main stage, vintage vehicles, trade stalls, reenactors and some super eateries. I was also lucky enough to be invited aboard the P22 gunner boat, moored at Ramsgate Harbour. It had just come back from France after being used in the new Brad Pitt war film!

It was wonderful meeting up with some familiar faces and meeting new ones alike. This really is a show that will go from strength to strength as it gets bigger. It is just a shame that there were hardly any posters around, or advertisement for the evening Blitz Ball as Im sure there were some people who missed this that would have loved to come!

Annie Riley singing some First World War tunes

Annie Riley singing some First World War tunes

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On board the P22

On board the P22

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Kitten and the lovely crew!

Kitten and the lovely crew!

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Emma and Magdalena being demure and sophisticated for the camera...

Emma and Magdalena being demure and sophisticated for the camera…

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Our hotel...Noisy but full of character!

Our hotel…Noisy but full of character!

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Le'arna Castle, beautifully dressed in period costume for the First World War stage production

Le’arna Castle, beautifully dressed in period costume for the First World War stage production

Betsy Rose stealing the show yet again...

Betsy Rose stealing the show yet again…

The ever gorgeous Mr and Mrs Brown!

The ever gorgeous Mr and Mrs Brown!

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Swingtime Sweethearts belting it out at the evening do

Swingtime Sweethearts belting it out at the evening do

The ever amazing and cheeky Viv the Spiv

The ever amazing and cheeky Viv the Spiv