Pinterest

Follow Me on Pinterest

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Fairy Tales in Fasque (Part II)

Fasque House
This property dates from 1809 and was the family home of Victorian Prime Minister William Gladstone
(© Copyright Richard Slessor and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence)
...and in '95, was home to Dad's friends, Lord and Lady Gladstone
They were closer to my age than my father's and could not have been more mannerly. 

I honestly don't recall if they lived in this manse OR the 1800 shooting lodge.  It has been 15 years.  But, I digress.  THE SHOOT.  I was instructed on what is proper attire for "the shoot" and had to borrow wellies from a local.  Shooting Dress was NOT my look, especially as I was 15 or 20 pounds heavier!  Yowsa!  But Dad and L. were dashing as ever!!!



I've always been an Anglophile and here I was in my own dream!We met early morning in an "out building."  VERY old and plain with an old refectory table laden with coffee and cookies.  Sir Gladstone (or "Charles") told us the plan for the day.  Tears welled up as I was feeling an outer body thing going on.  Out we went...to a sea of Land Rovers.  We piled in and the caravan of Rovers drove through the estate, in the midst of the most stunning scenery.

We'd stop and pile out while the men (only) got their guns and walked a ways from us.  The "beaters" were out in the forest - the trees, and would "beat" the pheasant out of their safe environment.  And the shooting would begin.  It was up to the beaters to collect the birds.  That phase ended and on we'd go. 

Mid-morning we again stopped but now the autos divulged treats for all.  I was asked if I'd like consomme "with or without?"  Vodka, that is.  At 10 a.m.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I declined.



We returned to the Gladstone ancestral estate, Fasque, for a 4-course luncheon with claret.  Caroline Gladstone prepared the meal.  She was so down to earth, so gentle and kind.

Tea at 3:30 in a much smaller building.  We were seated when the "Head Beater" walked in.  I kid you not, said he:  "Hear ye, hear ye.  1,025 shots fired, 125 birds."  Then The Gang:  "Hip, hip, hooray."  And toasts were made and drinks went down the hatch.

Everyone retired to their respective hotel rooms until we dressed for dinner and went to Fasque for the finest, most elegant, etiquette-enhanced dining experience I've had.  "Sir" Gladstone met us in his kilt holding a board similar to a chess game.  On it were tiny silver place card holders.  He had spent a lot of time placing each guest at just the perfect spot at table. 

Dad and I were next to one another and again...I'm in my dream.  It was set magnificently, course after course, wine after wine set before us.  In the background was a roaring fire with several labradors lazing around.  The perfect movie set or chapter in an Edwardian novel.

As lovely as the trip was, there is no place like home.  Texas and my men were waiting and I couldn't wait for them.

(It was a trip of a lifetime and ya know, it pays to journal.  I retrieved these details from my scribbles from 15 years ago.)

42 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well I am ready for the next chapter of your life. It is quite enchanting. Lucky you to have this bank of memories....special you to have all this and still be "real" and caring and joyfully aware of others. Love you girl!

CC said...

Virginia, I love the way you are making you® blog you® own. Each time I visit you it gets better and better. I love your added signature!!!

How I love this story and how wonderful that it has been immortalized in a journal to be passed down from generation to generation. What a treasure!!!

It's amazing how much Wes looks like you.
I love you my sweet friend!

Kelly said...

I love this story! Finally Va! I could hear it again and again, and can picture you there, and the entire scene...just gorgeous! xo

moondiva said...

Vava...LoVe your wonderful story telling!!! Keep em coming.

Pam said...

Oh I'm in heaven! I am also an Anglophile and drive a Land Rover not just because they are safe..I like to pretend I'm a Brit! I cried the first time I stepped foot in London..felt like I had "come home"...Oh do I love these stories Va!!! xoxo

J(M) said...

I worked at Fasque as a tour guide for three summers - 1995 to 1997 - and had a wonderful time. 1995 was the warmest, longest summer we had in Scotland for 300 years and I remember all the grass round the House went yellow.

Fasque was sold by the Gladstones a couple of years ago, and has now been converted into a wedding/conference venue. There was a small documentary about it on BBC Scotland just last week (May 2011).

Thanks for bringing back more memories ...

Anonymous said...

diazepam overdose diazepam 5mg dose - diazepam withdrawal dogs

Anonymous said...

buy xanax online what's the xanax high like - 4mg xanax and alcohol

Anonymous said...

valium online does generic valium pill look like - buy valium online no prescription canada

Anonymous said...

cheap xanax online xanax drug overdose - xanax withdrawal panic attack

Anonymous said...

generic xanax xanax drug test hair - xanax and alcohol fun

Anonymous said...

xanax anxiety xanax side effects alcohol - yellow generic xanax bars

Anonymous said...

buy diazepam online can you buy diazepam online no prescription - diazepam 2mg valium

Anonymous said...

order ativan online ativan side effects elderly patients - ativan withdrawal support groups

Anonymous said...

ativan for sale ativan .5mg addiction - need to buy ativan

Anonymous said...

buy xanax online how to pass a drug test with xanax - buy xanax online no prescription with mastercard

Anonymous said...

diazepam no prescription buy diazepam online no prescription - diazepam dosage in elderly

Anonymous said...

xanax for sale without prescription good place buy xanax online - xanax time release

Anonymous said...

lorazepam drug lorazepam online purchase - ativan yeast infections

Anonymous said...

xanax for sale without prescription xanax on drug screen - xanax risks side effects

Anonymous said...

purchase ambien ambien side effects nightmares - ambien cr images

Anonymous said...

cheap ambien no prescription ambien cipro drug interactions - buy ambien online usa

Anonymous said...

zolpidem drug buy genuine ambien - ambien cr benzo

Anonymous said...

valium diazepam buy valium online from india - valium routes of administration

Anonymous said...

buy ambien online taking 8 ambien - zolpidem 10 mg erowid

Anonymous said...

soma for sale carisoprodol 350 mg uses - will soma show up on a probation drug test

Anonymous said...

buy valium cheap online buy generic valium online - valium pills injectable

Anonymous said...

Brokersring.com - Learn how to turn $500 into $5,000 in a month!

[url=http://www.brokersring.com/]Make Money Online[/url] - The Secret Reveled with Binary Option

Binary Options is the way to [url=http://www.brokersring.com/]make money[/url] securely online

Anonymous said...

http://www.site.com - [url=http://www.site.com]site[/url] site
site

Anonymous said...

Youг сuгrеnt poѕt offers ѵerified
neсesѕary to uѕ. It’s extremely helpful anԁ you're simply clearly really experienced of this type. You have got popped my personal face to be able to numerous views on this specific matter with intriquing, notable and strong articles.
My page :: Buy Valium Online

Anonymous said...

Your сurгent reрort feаtures ѵerified useful to us.

It’s extremely educationаl and you're certainly extremely well-informed of this type. You have opened up our eyes to be able to different views on this kind of matter together with intriguing, notable and solid articles.
Feel free to surf my weblog ativan

Anonymous said...

Your οwn article has established helρful to uѕ.
Ιt’s quite useful and yοu really are obviously
гeally еxperienсеd in this аrеа.
You рossess opened up ouг sight for уou to differеnt thoughts about thіs specific matteг аlοng with interesting and soliԁ
aгticles.
my website: Xanax

Anonymous said...

Your curгеnt article provides ѵerified necessаry to mе perѕоnаlly.

It’s quіte informаtive anԁ yοu're simply naturally really knowledgeable of this type. You get popped our sight in order to different opinion of this specific subject together with interesting and solid articles.
Also see my web page > buy viagra

Anonymous said...

Your own reρort ргοvіdes verifiеd useful to
me. It’s rеallу hеlpful and уou're simply naturally very well-informed in this field. You have exposed my personal face to various thoughts about this matter together with intriquing, notable and reliable written content.
Here is my page ... buy ativan

Anonymous said...

The wгite-up featureѕ ѵeгified bеneficiаl to mysеlf.
It’ѕ quite informatiѵe and you гeallу
are сеrtаinly extremely knowleԁgeable in this region.
You get opened up our eуe to vагіous
thoughts about this partiсular mаtter
along with іnteresting and strοng wrіtten content.


Also viѕit my ωeb-site: viagra
Here is my page ... buy viagra

Anonymous said...

I entirely disagree... I consider there is a dilemma in
case you want to depend on a pre exercise consume to have motivated to go to the
health club. 99% from the pre exercise beverages are
not tested for the stage, as to what long term damage they trigger.
What takes place when following getting months or
many years of pre workout beverages and after that a single working day make a decision you have had enough of squandering money?

Your mind and physique wont cope, you wont have the willpower or energy
to do a workout on the a bottle of water.
Get genuine Buddy , at times excellent outdated mind over matter
is far better than stimulants playing with your brain.
Ive tried pre routines confident they give a kick for an hour or so or so but rarely lifted considerably
greater than without, rest was crap, crash was crap, not
well worth it. I get much more acheivement from performing a workout on the cup of coffee along with a babana and then a protein drink after.


Have a look at my blog: six pack shortcuts afterburn training

Anonymous said...

In all likelyhood, of course, sure she does. ;)

my website :: dating tips for women over 60

Anonymous said...

I lost bodyweight after i started having Paxil. Unusual?
I suppose I never know any individual else who requires Paxil, so I believed fat
loss was normal. Don't begin having it! It's been impossible for me to obtain off it!
For my wants it performs, but you can find unwanted
effects. I have appear for the summary I'm "good", with much less unwanted effects, on an extremely minimal dose (five mgrms). Most likely must take it permanently.

My website :: muscle building workout diet for men

Anonymous said...

These are fantastic, many of them are stunning.
Enjoyed the publish extremely a lot.

My page: Arrow vinyl yorkshire shed 10' x 14'

Anonymous said...

There are so a lot of rules for this kind of relationship.
I am 55 and i only use Fb to include new buddies, I prefer
to see where they are soon after so numerous years of being disconnected

Feel free to visit my web page :: dating tips for guys

Anonymous said...

thanks, this really works:)

Feel free to surf to my web site ... dental pro 7

Anonymous said...

Mehdi you come up with numerous eye openers and amazing content articles that my eye size has
also increased! (Joke :))

Here is my web site ... mike chang monster mass workout routine