A steam rally visit

July 23, 2016

Do you guys know what a steam rally is?
You probably do, but up until a few years ago, I didn’t.

It’s a gathering of all sorts of historic steam-powered machines from the Industrial Revolution to modern times.

There are machines that whir, and bump, and jiggle,

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and sizzle, and hiss, and steam,

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and splash, and spit, and pour…

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…in interesting ways. 😀

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There are small machines…

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and ginormous ones, who take turns demonstrating their power in a central show ring.

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It’s also a car show with all sorts of beautiful, vintage machines on offer.

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I found beautiful examples of my most loved Landies…

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…and minis.

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And the exciting thing for a vintage lover like me, there’s a jumble sale with wagons and wagons of junk and vintage car parts!!!!!

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Where I can make new friends. This is Penny, she was the cutest little pup.

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And find so much great stuff!

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Would you like to see what I came home with?

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Look at this! Ink bottles, an autograph book from 1954, a carpenter’s pencil, (because some days you just want to draw with a carpenter’s pencil), a crystal screw-in door knob, a small hammer and wooden mallet, and a piece of wood from a broken planer. Also, (not shown), a vintage Austin mini badge like the one I had on my stolen 1959 mini! It’s going on my new mini Robert and I are building. The badge cost me £1 and would probably fetch £50 on Ebay. Now that’s a deal.

I’m so addicted to the ink bottles but will probably have to stop collecting them soon because my collection is bordering on ridiculous. 😀

Pre-supper drinks in our friend's garden plus a silly video
Found while walking: A Roman villa in the Oxfordshire countryside, plus video

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4 Comments

  • Reply Debra She Who Seeks July 24, 2016 at 5:34 am

    Fascinating exhibition and sale! My dad always carried a carpenter’s pencil which made sense because he was a carpenter.

  • Reply Tammie July 24, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    you sure did see and come home with the wonderful things!
    fun for me to see as well!
    Makes me want to go to a flea market.
    I hope you are enjoying your summer Veronica, it looks like you are.
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  • Reply daryledelstein July 27, 2016 at 3:21 am

    oh i would love to visit one of these … .all those clever creations and lots of ‘junk’ too … my kinda place!
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  • Reply Julie@frogpondfarm July 27, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    You always find such great things! Love the images .. I’ve never heard of a steam rally before!

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