A plant centre; a holiday village; a special football match; the zoo;
the circus; a museum; crazy golf and so much more...it all seems far too
much to pack into a Saturday afternoon!
Yet, that is what I did, yesterday...and boy, did I love every minute?!!
I even bumped into some old friends....
Nestled, in a little valley or 'combe', in the area of Torquay called Babbacombe,
is a delightful 'jewel' of a place, otherwise known as
'The Babbacombe Model Village'
Opened to the public in 1963, it has delighted and amused all who
have had the chance to visit.
have had the chance to visit.
It's quirky, it's full of fun and it's an inspiration.
As you stroll around, you wish that you could become
miniature and jump into the wonderful scenes, forgetting
all the stresses and strains of everyday life...
it is an escape and such a joyful one at that!
Phillpots Garden Centre (Get it?)
This is a microcosm that delights!
I laughed and smiled all the way around...and then I laughed and smiled
all the way around, again! You definitely need to walk around a few times
in order to appreciate the very hard work that has gone into this project.
Anne D Brakes Coach holidays!
You cannot fail to notice the 'play on words' (or 'puns' as I should say)
...someone has a sense of humour!
Here's Wombley Stadium and if you look closely, you find that
you are watching last season's F.A. Cup Final!
Come on The Arsenal!!;-)
Looking more closely... you'll notice a streaker on the pitch!
And uh-oh...and what's going on here?
And then, as if by magic, you are transported to the zoo!
Moving on to some ancient ruins...
Clancy Abbey...ho ho ho..very funny!
The circus is in town; the big top has arrived
and there's some serious clowning around to be done!
Moving swiftly on...to the museum and some eagerly awaited
Egyptian artifacts have arrived...
Look closely and you'll see that a mummy is causing a bit of a stir!
That done, you can go shopping...
If you get fed up with the shops, you can partake in some crazy golf...
And you can catch the train to anywhere...well you know how I love a train ride!
This beautiful scene, below, is based on Dartington Hall.
And look...my new house is being built! How exciting!
A. Jerry Builder...the best, obviously! ;-)
A Jerry Builder...reply: N Crease, N Price...LOL!
I'll be moving in soon then...having chosen the best removal firm in town...
I hope that they look after my piano...ummm...errr!
It looks like a friendly place in which to reside!
I love a little bit of thatch! (As long as it's not mine!)
Here's Mockington Village....based on the famous Cockington Village.
...complete with the pretty church....and just our luck... there's a wedding taking place!
Meanwhile, just down the road, things are not all rosy
and joyous...but it's more like calamity has occurred!!
(What did I say about thatch?!!!)
There's a crowd already gathering at the Regal
waiting for the doors to open.
May the force be with you... and all that!
And who says that we don't look after our elderly folk...
what a lovely place to socialise!
What a wonderful visit!
And it's not just the models that impress but the careful planting of so many
dwarf shrubs and conifers...not forgetting the care of the many
areas of lawn!
This really is an amazing place!
I was lucky enough to be given this trip as a birthday present along with
visit to another of my favourite places!!
(More on that later)
Thank you so much Nich and Lizzie...this really made my day!!