The 24th October began in awful rain and it did not bode well for a day driving around Herefordshire following the "Black and White Trail" mixing MINI driving with photography. Myself, Peanut, RVW, Storm, Seth, Jon, Dealmaker, Stargirl, MiniFriz and Mandy Moo were the attendees for the run and we met at 10.30 at Ledbury railway station. Photos from there show you how miserable the weather was at the start of the day.
Undaunted we carried on and had a brief glimpse of sunshine at our first village stop - Dilwyn. We carried on for a snack in Kington before getting some great photos and lovely sunshine in Eardisland, which is reputedly Hereford's most lovely village. Awesome driving roads and some lovely black and white villages meant that in the end this was a great day out topped off nicely with a late lunch at the Trumpet at er... Trumpet!
The day was also useful for those who chose to enter the Beastie October Photo Competition as the theme was "black and white" - click for the October Competition entries!
RVW organised a "Cheap as Chips" camping weekend via the NewMiniSeverns website, consisting of 3 nights and 4 days staying just outside Paris at http://www.camping-de-la-colline.com. 5 couples signed up for the trip - RVW and Storm, Emu_p and Panther, MiniFriz and Mandy Moo, Scream51 and Pixie and ourselves Beastie and Peanut.
Four vehicles went, us in our Opel GT, MiniFriz in his brand new and very shiny Mitsubishi Warrior, Emu_p in his Pepper White MINI One and RVW in his MINI Cooper Dubman. As a formula for a weekend away it could not be faulted, great value, super location and smashing company. It was very relaxing and everyone did their own thing in their own way. We did Paris on Saturday and Fontainbleau on the Sunday having great fun taking HDR photographs at every opportunity. Meanwhile RVW and Storm did Paris and then Disney on the Sunday, while Emu_p and Panther spent both days visiting Paris. Mini Friz and Mandy Moo amused themselves with two days in Paris and a speeding ticket while Scream 51 and Pixie took a more original approach to the weekend - they got engaged at the top of The Eiffel Tower! Well done both of you, you were clearly feeling the love!
We got a real sense of achievement from managing to pack all our clothes and camping gear for a four day trip into the Opel GT and it has definitely given us the confidence to camp using the Opel again.
Anyway here is our slideshow of the weekend. (Link to here)