Thursday, 12 May 2011

Fun ting

I've been a member of the rather splendid New Sheridan Club for quite some time. They always organise the most marvellous parties - one in the summer, and one close to Christmas; with various other outings and occasions in between. But one thing I'd never managed to attend until now was the Annual Oxford Punt, where members descend upon this historic town, dressed in their best boating blazers and frocks, hire punts and journey up and down the Cherwell river drinking champagne; stopping in the middle for a picnic. Of the Maf, only Jeni and I could attend the whole day, and Bethan joined us in the middle for picnic fun and the return leg. Here are some photos of the day...

 We were manfully and skillfully punted by Captain Smallwood

 Rachel and C-B were our punting partners. Our puntners.

 Artemis and Edward hired a rowing boat and caused carnage



 Jeni got attacked by strange flying creatures


 Rachel did a bit of blinking while Bethan posed

 I took charge of the bubbly

 We fed Frazzles to the ducks. I got bitten by an eager and evil pale duck.

After all the punting excitement, we went home via Bethan's grandparents' house in a nearby village. We got fed delicious Welsh cakes and tea, and we had a super exciting time riding up and down on the Stannah stair-lift. Seriously the most fun I've had all year so far...!

I rode it up to the top...

And little J rode it back to the bottom, where a Revlon lipstick awaited her on the bannister!


For this watery, stairlifty adventure, Bethan was in a lovely dress you can't see, and a classic tan mac she stole from her Mamgu many years ago, Jeni wore a delightful Horrockses frock; and I'm in an utterly amazing 30s housedress which was a most unexpected and unbelievably lovely present from my dear friend Miss Matilda of Able Grable fame. Do help me repay her kindness by visiting her site and treating yourself to something nice! :)

In other news I am doing my first 5km race this Sunday. My parents will be there to cheer me on and take amusing photos of me crossing the finish line. I am quite excited, really! Even though I came face to face with a TERRIFYING STAG on my training run today... ok it was more of a smallish Roe buck, but I've never pegged it so fast in the opposite direction... those antlers look dangerous!

Until next time...

Fleur xx
DiaryofaVintageGirl.com

21 comments:

  1. Ohh! Pretty pics, and your dress is so cute! :) looks like you had fun!

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  2. That dress looks perfect on you.
    I could do with some stair-lift fun :)

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  3. Wow! You came face to face with a Roebuck, that's amazing, please take your camera next time. Oh and try and talk the NSC into coming to Cambridge one year to do the punting :-)

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  4. It looks like a wonderful day! I love the row-boat/punt battle! :)

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  5. Fleur! I am in love with your stunning yellow frock! So beautiful! Miss Jeni's red frock is smashing, too.

    What a great day! I laughed out loud at the pics of you both on the stair lift. :)

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  6. Love those dresses, you both look amazing.

    I'm glad I'm not the only one who secretly has urges to ride on a stairlift when I see one! It looks fun! ;)

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  7. LOOKS LIKE THE BEST DAY EVER!!!!


    LIKE A FILM!

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  8. i agree~ this does look like the best day EVER! and everyone looks so beautiful and glamorous!totally jealous!

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  9. I love punting, its great fun but i've never done it all dressed up in such a stylish way. Definitely a plan for next time i'm up there!

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  10. Damn, those stairs look STEEP! No wonder you needed the help of a lift! I'd quite like a travellator to my room down this long hallway...

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  11. you lot are a riot! A vintage riot!

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  12. Love the colour of your nail varnish. x

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  13. I love how silly you guys are. It's a breath of fresh air within the oh so serious blogland :)

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  14. Looks like a great day, with lots of fun ;)
    And good luck on Sunday!

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  19. Wow! You and your friends are all so fashionable! Lovely pics.

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  20. Your dresses are fantastic! Everyone looks so beautiful. One thing I have to ask is-Did Naomi dye her hair blond? I thought it looked great as a brunette. I used to dye my hair auburn, until I had an allergic reaction to the dye. Now I have dark brown hair that is going white very very gradually, and I am not going to ever dye it again. I think she looks great as a blond and as a brunette.

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