Okay, back from holiday now, but certainly not quite back to "normal", I'll continue updating as and when I can, it just seems that all my blogging time is vanishing into a baby shaped hole at the moment! Anyway, let's go back to the start of last week, on Monday (to celebrate Nanjan's birthday) we arranged a visit to Denbies to do the wine tasting and land train tour -
- having had our interest piqued when we went to check out James May's Lego house...We arrived just in time to miss one of the tours starting times (on the hour, every hour until closing time, despite what it says on their website), so opted to go and have a drink and a snack in the (rather nice) canteen -
- after which we had a little look around the gift shop (more signs of the Lego invasion in evidence) -
- and then waited in reception until it was time for our land-train ride around the vineyard -
- that bit of the tour cost us £4.50 each (which was reasonable considering the length of the ride was just under an hour)...
Anyway, when everyone finally managed to climb aboard (a surprising number of fellow riders were present, considering this was an overcast Monday afternoon in term-time) -
- we headed off up into the Surrey Hills (for a rather bumpy ride) dragged along by a Land Rover while listening to some reasonably interesting commentary on the history of the site (and wine making in general) -
- pausing at the top of the hill (briefly) to admire the site from above (actually a staggeringly impressive sight with Box Hill in the background) -
- and then halted again for a slightly longer amount of time for a short talk by the driver -
- about the previous and current owners of the land and how the landscape ended up with grapes all over it (won't spoil the story)...
On the way back down (the land-train does a loop at the big house), we stopped to admire the Lego House (still no roof on it, some technical problems apparently, meaning they are getting rather behind schedule)-
- and learned that when they are all done, James May is going to come and do his filming (trying to actually live there for a few days) and then the whole thing is going to be shipped to the Legoland theme park..So the window of opportunity to return to get a shot of it in a completed form is pretty slim! Oh well, I'll do my best, but no promises...here is one more shot, just to put the house in context in the valley -
- and then we were whisked back down the hill ready to join the wine tasting tour starting shortly!
More later on... ;)
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