Saturday, 6 October 2012


I for one am not sure where the last 4 months have gone.  My brain is in Early September and yet we are now racing on towards Christmas.  My eldest son tells me there are ONLY 80 sleeps till Christmas and so we are well into the Autumn Wedding Season!  Facebook and Twitter are now ticking over nicely and it is time to concentrate on the blogs.

What a Summer it has been.  We feel privileged to have been part of so many beautiful weddings both traditional and quirky.  As ever, we are so grateful to the Wedding couples and their photographers for allowing us to use their images to show off our cars on their special days and, more latterly, some of our chauffeurs. (Notably, Chauffeurs' Triggol, Senior and Junior).  There was a time when I might see a chauffeur pictured opening a door for the bride in an official shoot, but now, they feature much more prominently at the request of the bride and groom.

This has to be a favourite of Chauffeur Triggol Junior, pictured here with Stephanie and James Berstock.  Perhaps I should get him to hold an umbrella for me, but there again, after all these years, it might feel a bit strange!  Ruth Garner took both of the above fabulous pictures and I met her at a Wedding Tweet Up back in September and was able to thank her personally.

As the wife of Chauffeur Triggol Junior, I can honestly say that they enjoy doing these weddings so much and view the work as pleasure more than a job which makes it easy to be professional, attentive and happy in disposition.  Large or small, traditional or alternative, formal or laid back we do feel blessed that we are chosen to take part in these incredibly special occasions.

Both Chauffeurs Roger and Andrew had such a wonderful time at Vicky and Simon Bamber's wedding, below, too.  Again, such fun loving people!  I must find out who the photographer was and post this in the next blog!

Finally, I must share this photo taken by Interlace photography.  It reminds even me, that these cars are very capable, even in the snow!  Our dark blue Austin 20, affectionately known as 'Og' is a very popular 6 seater.

When I look back over the four months I notice that September had the most bookings this year with a record 9 cars out on one Saturday alone! The weather seems to be so much better in September these days, so perhaps this is a reflection of this.  The Ivory cars remain hot favourites and we have seen a rise in bookings for the more traditional burgundy and blue cars for next year and this certainly reflects the 'Vintage' trend which is appearing for 2013.

Here's to Autumn and Christmas!  Happy wedding plans!

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Tis the season of Wedding Fayres!

January sees the start of the wedding Fayres marathon and we have lots of lovely venues to visit and look forward to meeting lots of you too.
We kick off with the Double Tree Hilton, Yatton on 8th January and have listed the other Fayres below whilst trying to get Andrew to find time to continue on Rollie so ha can be ready for the summer. Poor man - new baby in the house, lots of farming to be done, demanding wife and weekends full of wedding Fayres!

8th January - Double Tree Hilton Yatton
15th January - Bristol Marriott, Broadmead
22nd January - Berwick Lodge, Cribbs Causeway area
29th January - Batch Farm, Lympsham
5th February - Walton Park Hotel, Clevedon
12th February - M Shed, Bristol
19th February - Clevedon Hall, Clevedon & Old Down Manor, Tockington
26th February - Bristol City Football Ground Dolman Stand.

Come and say hello if you can. Meanwhile, we must decide on the colour of Rollie. Now, we know that ivory is popular, but it's just not original and so we are in a quandary. I vote for black with a lovely light ivory interior. Very smart!
The wings have been finished (to be honest I would call them wheel arches-I thought wings went on planes, but what do I know!) so painting is near. All the nickel is still to be done. Come on boys, crack on with it!

Meanwhile, filming for Downton Abbey and Upstairs Downstairs continues sending Andrew off at ungodly hours in the morning. Life is never dull!

Congratulations to all newly engaged couples out there.


Monday, 10 October 2011

Rollie starts his make over!

Our Vintage 1930 Rolls Royce arrived last year and has finally hit the workshop to begin restoration.
All the upholstery is out, the wings are off and being reshaped to their former glory and if I didnt know better, I would say that 'Rollie', as he has affectionately become known, is beginning to smile.

He doesn't look bad here, but he needs a new coat of paint, new upholstery and a fine tuning of the engine before he is ready to be let out for special occassions such as weddings.  The boys, Andrew and Roger, will do alot of the work themselves, leaving me to have some well deserved quiet nights at home.  Of course I shall think of them out in the cold shed as the evenings draw in, but somehow, it's better than the pub!

We are going to keep him, 'Rollie', as original as possible.  Watch this space for more updates - he should be finished by next summer.  He's already been booked for a wedding, so I hope he's ready!  Can't wait!

I'll keep you posted.