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Naturism => General Naturism Discussion => Topic started by: nuduke on August 07, 2015, 09:17:01 PM

Title: AHG
Post by: nuduke on August 07, 2015, 09:17:01 PM
Anyone definitely heading for Abbey House Gardens on 16th? 

I'm of a mind to just up and go there (and hang the divorce risk!) if there's good SN company in prospect.  If we move house to where we want, I shall be an extra hour's drive away and it may not be available next year! 

Weather forecast however is not good!

John
Title: Re: AHG
Post by: nudeytony on August 07, 2015, 10:00:42 PM
Not me, I'll be in Denmark that weekend.

Tony
Title: Re: AHG
Post by: milfmog on August 08, 2015, 11:21:12 AM
Anyone definitely heading for Abbey House Gardens on 16th? 

I'm of a mind to just up and go there (and hang the divorce risk!) if there's good SN company in prospect.  If we move house to where we want, I shall be an extra hour's drive away and it may not be available next year! 

Weather forecast however is not good!

John
I am hoping to get there John (no real guarantee yet but there is nothing else in the diary at present).

The weather is a bit of a guess at present, even the professionals have no more than a vague idea. I shall be watching the XCWeather forecast (http://www.xcweather.co.uk/forecast/malmesbury) but short of a snow storm weather will not stop me.

Hope to see you there; anyone else?

Have fun,


Ian.
Title: Re: AHG
Post by: nib on August 08, 2015, 06:46:56 PM
I'll be heading to Holkham beach that day. Haven't had a single AHG visit this year, gone wrong somewhere!

nib
Title: Re: AHG
Post by: JOhnGw on August 08, 2015, 08:40:11 PM
I'll be boating and so won't be able to get there.
Title: Re: AHG
Post by: 45655uk on August 08, 2015, 08:56:20 PM
I am hoping to be there, and to bring along someone who has never been there before, and is not a member of this group.

For one reason or another, this will be my first visit this year.

Keith
Title: Re: AHG
Post by: nuduke on August 10, 2015, 12:45:48 AM
Ok! Nearly 3 of us. Is that a quorum?  Gee up, Ian!
Disappointed JOhn, Tony & Nib can't make it.  Ricc? Johnbare? Davie?

I told the Mrs this afternoon that if the weather was reasonable next Sunday and there were other SNs going I would be going too and she acquiesced!  She is perhaps recognising that my naturist proclivity, anathema though it is to her, isn't going to go away spontaneously!  She wasn't delighted about it and declined the offer to come too and have a few hours mooching about historic Malmesbury while I was at the house.  However I don't think she'll try to stop me (remains to be seen, though!).  I hope I won't get a hail of emotional appeals on Saturday evening.

Stop press! E'en as I write this missive I paused to do some diary convergence with her and she suggested an alternative matter to be dealt with on 16th - dang, foiled! I reminded her of my previous earmark for that day (AHG) and she suggested an alternative date for the chore.  Woo hoo!  Progress indeed - this is nearly her permission to be a naturist! (Not quite...but nearly :) )

I do hope the weather doesn't prove to be a barrier.

John
Title: Re: AHG
Post by: eyesup on August 10, 2015, 06:21:38 PM
I remember hearing about some issues with the continuation of the CO days at AHG from discussions on the old site.

Have all of those been resolved?

Duane
Title: Re: AHG
Post by: JOhnGw on August 10, 2015, 06:52:34 PM
Not yet.
To the best of my knowledge the property is still on the market but as there is currently no buyer the C-O days have continued for this year.
Title: Re: AHG
Post by: nuduke on August 10, 2015, 08:11:50 PM
The weather forecast is pretty poor.  50% precipitation all afternoon.
Quote from: BBC Weather
Friday heralds a return to more unsettled weather for all with a mix of showers and sunny spells. Into the weekend we will see these showers gradually push away to the east with improving conditions spreading in from the west.
So that's unusual and a change from wetness being in the west a lot. 
2 advantages to going in spite 1) Less people 2) A nice walk in the rain ...oh! And 3) no sunburn!

I think the wife will be seriously considering having me committed if I set off in pouring rain but ...well, maybe last chance to visit CO.

What do others think?

John

Title: Re: AHG
Post by: JOhnGw on August 10, 2015, 09:53:37 PM
Go for it unless it would lead to divorce.
Title: Re: AHG
Post by: eyesup on August 11, 2015, 05:06:16 PM
Quote from: John
I think the wife will be seriously considering having me committed if I set off in pouring rain . . .

I remember running around naked and playing in the rain when I was a little kid. No one worried about that.

Now when we do things we did in our youth we are looked on with concern or outright suspicion. Too bad we aren't allowed a few remembrances for a small amount of pleasure.

Duane
Title: Re: AHG
Post by: tanman on August 11, 2015, 06:23:49 PM
Sorry, can't make it, John ... I'll be sail-boating naked that day (Free Range?)

Quote from: John
I reminded her of my previous earmark for that day (AHG) and she suggested an alternative date for the chore.

At first, I thought she was referring to your attendance at AHG as being "the chore" for her.  What a relief to realize I interpreted incorrectly!  The slope of the "Naturism Acceptance INCREMENTALISM Graph" seems to be getting steeper, and slipperier ... excellent!

Have fun, naked in the rain at AHG!
Larry (tanman in Texas)
Title: Re: AHG
Post by: jbeegoode on August 11, 2015, 07:48:17 PM
Quote from: John
I think the wife will be seriously considering having me committed if I set off in pouring rain . . .

I remember running around naked and playing in the rain when I was a little kid. No one worried about that.

Now when we do things we did in our youth we are looked on with concern or outright suspicion. Too bad we aren't allowed a few remembrances for a small amount of pleasure.

Duane

It is monsoon season. Check my website. I did TWO post about playing in the rain. I've never enjoyed it more! Whadda kids know!
Better still, I'm making a "Play in the Rain" thread right now. Nuduke, you shall be the first from across the pond to add to it when you get soaked a AHG, okay?
Jbee
Title: Re: AHG
Post by: nuduke on August 11, 2015, 11:43:54 PM
Today was thin cloud, warm, damp after night rain and humid with sun evident but behind clouds.
We had a coffee on the patio and I sat in a small puddle on a garden chair so I stood up and wandered whilst I drank my libation. She was dressed normally but I had got up late and was in a dressing gown; time - around noon
"This is perfect naturism weather" I remarked.  "You can be perfectly warm naked but no danger of sunburn or overheating."
"Oh dear, not more naturism talk" she sighed "I don't want to know."
"If the weather's like this on Sunday I'm definitely off to Malmesbury, there are a couple or three of the SN's going so it'll be nice to meet up."
"Oh do stop remarking on the fact that you want to go. Just go if you must. I just hope nobody asks me where you are."
Was the response. "And I really don't want to hear anything about it when you get back."
She's expecting me to go! And from those remarks I'll feel dead guilty about it all the way there!  But if I go and return, not having been cannibalised by the evil naturists or brainwashed by the crazed SNs, that may help. Or maybe it will make her regret being permissive if I've enjoyed myself. Her fear will be of future addiction.  I'm still torn. It's no easier for me with her being more incrementally accommodating.

John
Title: Re: AHG
Post by: milfmog on August 12, 2015, 12:47:04 AM
The weather forecast is pretty poor.  50% precipitation all afternoon.
Quote from: BBC Weather
Friday heralds a return to more unsettled weather for all with a mix of showers and sunny spells. Into the weekend we will see these showers gradually push away to the east with improving conditions spreading in from the west.

The XCweather forecast (http://www.xcweather.co.uk/forecast/malmesbury) is rather more optimistic. It shows cloud with sunny intervals all afternoon with a predicted rainfall of 0.1mm in a three hour window between 16:00 and 19:00 (ie when the gardens shut!) Nothing there to stop me going.

Even if it snowed, hailed and we had downpours of meatballs, it would be worth going, we could stay in the Belvedere and chat, heck, that's all we'd do anyway...
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I think the wife will be seriously considering having me committed if I set off in pouring rain but ...well, maybe last chance to visit CO.

She may be wondering that about you anyway John :)

I know Carole thinks I should have earned enough points from the local loony bin to have a lifetime permit by now, and the naturism may be the least of her concerns. I have always aspired to being eccentric, sadly I'm not rich enough, so I will have to settle for being weird.

Have fun (and hope to see you on Sunday),


Ian.
Title: Re: AHG
Post by: nuduke on August 12, 2015, 01:03:57 AM
If your definitely going, Ian, so am I! What's your ETA?
BBC forecast is for rain later (16.00) but drier earlier.  MSN forecast has worsened to 70% rain in the afternoon! XCweather most optimistic.  I'll adopt PMA for a change and hope for warm & cloudy but bright for a decent time.

John
Title: Re: AHG
Post by: jbeegoode on August 12, 2015, 03:27:14 AM
GUILT! Bring her back flowers, thank her, adding that it was wonderful, nothing more. Take a shower, and cozy up, if you have been forgiven. Remember, you have already won. 

OR, bring her back a spa!

I donno what to do...I'm just a guy... :D
Jbee
Title: Re: AHG
Post by: JOhnGw on August 12, 2015, 08:03:22 AM
For general information - Malmesbury weather from the official Met. Office forecast:

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/gcnt2rwje#?fcTime=1439683200
Title: Re: AHG
Post by: eyesup on August 12, 2015, 06:06:42 PM
Quote from: John
I think the wife will be seriously considering having me committed . . .

Well, if worse comes to worse, John, we shall miss your erudite responses.  :D

Duane
Title: Re: AHG
Post by: milfmog on August 12, 2015, 06:47:34 PM
I thought I'd replied to this earlier but it seems that is just a figment of my imagination.

If your definitely going, Ian, so am I! What's your ETA?

I expect to arrive around 11:30 and will stay close to the Belvedere / tea bar between 11:30 and 12:30 so if anyone is looking for me (or wants to avoid me) you now have some information that may help :D

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BBC forecast is for rain later (16.00) but drier earlier.  MSN forecast has worsened to 70% rain in the afternoon! XCweather most optimistic.  I'll adopt PMA for a change and hope for warm & cloudy but bright for a decent time.

Larry will be proud of you John. I generally find the forecasts on XC rather more accurate than anything the BBC publish. I'll PM you my mobile number so you can ping me if we miss each other.

Have fun,


Ian.

PS If anyone else is going and wants my mobile number let me know. I have no problem sharing it with friends but don't really want to put it on an open forum.
Title: Re: AHG
Post by: nuduke on August 12, 2015, 09:34:39 PM
OK - That's nearly coincident! I'm looking to be there 12-12.30.
PM'd you my phone no. if we need to find eachother.  I can't remeber what keith looks like although I met him there on one visit a few years ago.
Hope the tea's plentiful.  We may need it to keep warm.
However BBC and Met office have softened their outlook and we are within the 5 day range now so confidence increasing of low precipitation percentage chance and not so warm, but, hey, we can exercise to keep warm!!

John
Title: Re: AHG
Post by: 45655uk on August 13, 2015, 12:59:23 PM
I'm still intending to be there, and still intending to bring a friend for his first visit. All being well, I shall arrive for the 11 00 opening time, so will keep a look out for other arrivals

Keith
Title: Re: AHG
Post by: balead on August 13, 2015, 08:20:39 PM
I don't trust any forecasts, although I look at many. For instance, today one site was forecasting that the temperature in my area would be 26C and another 25C . The actual high was 19C! The BBC got that one near enough right (20C).

I find it most frustrating trying to find out how much sun there will be, which is my main concern. It is often wildly wrong just like those temperatures. The times I've looked forward to a sunny day only for it not to materialise.

I won't be going, not least because it won't be warm enough for me (if the forecasts are right!).

I hope the weather is kind and those that do go enjoy themselves.

Title: Re: AHG
Post by: milfmog on August 14, 2015, 11:17:23 AM
I won't be going, not least because it won't be warm enough for me (if the forecasts are right!).

That's a shame Dave, I was hoping to meet you again.

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I hope the weather is kind and those that do go enjoy themselves.

Thanks for that thought; if you could avoid any inadvertent rain dances for the next few days, I'm sure we would all appreciate it.

Have fun,


Ian.
Title: Re: AHG
Post by: jbeegoode on August 14, 2015, 06:49:01 PM
When and if it drizzles, do you use umbrellas, or bare with it?

We're going to the mountain forest and streams next week and the monsoon has been staying active and off schedule again this year. We'll use umbrellas, ponchos, maybe an extra rain jacket or coat, extra tents and tarps, keep flexible and maybe take some dry wood, expecting some kind of rain at times. We're just not familiar enough with rain, but this will be several days.
Jbee
Title: Re: AHG
Post by: nuduke on August 14, 2015, 11:24:29 PM
Weather has once again eased a bit vis a vis rain but I'm suspecting that we'll be shivering a bit even if we stay dry!
But this is the essence of britishness - you can't have everything all at one time and you put up with it!!

Also disappointed we won't see you, Dave! 

Hope we coincide, Keith.

jbee, I can think of few things sillier than being naked in the rain under an umbrella!  We shall have the benefit of trees to shelter under and gazebos!

Can anyone remember how much dosh you need to put in the machines to park?

John
Title: Re: AHG
Post by: 45655uk on August 15, 2015, 12:46:16 PM
John -

Parking in the long stay car park at the bottom of the steps is free on Sundays, but make sure you stay in the marked spaces. An over-zealous attendant objected on one occasion when a few people tried to extend the available space!

Keith
Title: Re: AHG
Post by: milfmog on August 17, 2015, 12:37:50 PM
Well, I got to AHG at around 11:30 as planned (having stopped on the way down for a 45 minute naked walk to collect a geocache for my Jasmer grid (other cachers will understand..))

Almost as soon as I had got rid of the unneeded clothing I was tapped on the shoulder by Keith who introduced the AHG first timer he had brought down. While we were chatting, John arrived and joined us. I guess we chatted for around 20 minutes before Keith and Hugh wandered off to explore while John and I sat down for coffee and lunch before we wandered the gardens.

We all met up again later in the day and had tea and cake (well, some of us could not resist cake) and good conversation. Eventually, time forced us to head for home. The weather may not have been spectacular, but it was very pleasant, warm, dry and cool enough to wander the gardens without overheating.

At present the house and gardens are off the market, however, they are struggling to make ends meet at present, so I guess it is only a matter of time before the place is sold. Barbara did advise that Ian* is now showing signs of improvement following his stroke earlier this year, he is regaining the power of speech, but still does not have movement down one side.

Once again, Barbara noted that the gardens were far busier on a clothes optional day than she would have expected on a "normal" Sunday. I did take a few pictures, if I get a chance and any of them are any good, I'll add them to this thread in the next day or so.

Have fun,


Ian.

* Barbara and Ian Pollard are the original naked gardeners, owners of Abbey House Gardens.
Title: Re: AHG
Post by: tanman on August 17, 2015, 03:55:56 PM
Thanks for AHG Report, Ian ... makes me nostalgic ...

Maybe they should act on Barbara's observation and have Naked Day every Sunday?!

You had a good day, naked!
Larry (tanman in Texas)
Title: Re: AHG
Post by: 45655uk on August 17, 2015, 04:19:38 PM
Good to meet Ian and John again, and I can echo what he says about the weather and the good conversation. Hugh is with me as I type this, and seems to have enjoyed his first visit.

Keith
Title: Re: AHG
Post by: milfmog on August 17, 2015, 06:21:16 PM
Keith,

Since you made no mention of it, I take it that your car was happy to take you home again without any dashboard histrionics to concern you?

Have fun,


Ian.
Title: Re: AHG
Post by: Peter S on August 17, 2015, 09:17:56 PM
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Naked Day every Sunday?

I miss the weekday CO days - with our various weekend commitments it's easier for me to get a weekday clear for such jollities.

Peter
Title: Re: AHG
Post by: 45655uk on August 18, 2015, 02:00:03 PM
Keith,

Since you made no mention of it, I take it that your car was happy to take you home again without any dashboard histrionics to concern you?

Have fun,


Ian.

Ian -

It was indeed, but thank you for asking. I sought guidance from the dealer yesterday afternoon, and am taking it to them this afternoon to be plugged into their diagnostics system to see if anything shows up. Probably 'just one of those things'!

Keith
Title: Re: AHG
Post by: Davie on August 18, 2015, 02:31:45 PM
I was there on Sunday too and it was a great day out. Several club members turned up from Spectrum too. The weather was better and I thought the gardens looked better than on our previous visit earlier in the year. The cake was good too.

Davie  8)
Title: Re: AHG
Post by: milfmog on August 18, 2015, 08:11:49 PM
Davie,

Sorry I missed you, it would have been good to encounter you in meatspace, rather than this virtual world we usually meet in.

Never mind, there's always next time.

have fun,


Ian.

PS You are right about the cake; I was very tempted to have a second slice of carrot cake...
Title: Re: AHG
Post by: milfmog on August 18, 2015, 08:26:19 PM
I promised a few pics from the gardens so...

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As usual, any picture can be clicked for a larger image. There's nothing very spectacular here as I was too busy chatting to think about taking pictures properly.

Have fun,


Ian.
Title: Re: AHG
Post by: eyesup on August 19, 2015, 07:56:55 PM
I remember pictures like these from posts on the 'Olde Site'  :'(  Beautiful and peaceful.

It always had the appearance of seclusion and privacy. How large is the property?
It seems like you could wander around without bumping into anyone.

Duane
Title: Re: AHG
Post by: Davie on August 20, 2015, 02:01:16 PM
It's about five acres. On a busy day solitude is not really on offer but many can and do walk around alone. You can see more of the gardens  here (http://www.abbeyhousegardens.co.uk/)

Davie  8)
Title: Re: AHG
Post by: milfmog on August 20, 2015, 05:49:24 PM
Duane,

Those pictures were taken relatively late in the day and I was being fairly careful to keep others out of the photos in order to avoid breaching naturist etiquette. As Davie said, it is fairly busy (in a very relaxed way) on CO days when the weather is even half way decent.

Have fun,


Ian.
Title: Re: AHG
Post by: nuduke on August 21, 2015, 12:56:41 AM
Hello all,
Gosh I've been so busy!  Here we are at Thursday (nearly Friday!) and I haven't had a moment to do FRN updating this week.

I had a great time in Ian's excellent company and the teatime conversation with Keith & Hugh was stimulating and I remarked on the huge breadth of topics that it covered upon most of which Ian was demurely erudite - amazingly eclectic mind, Ian has. 

It is so rare for me to get an extended time where I can just 'BE' whilst naked and so, in the car journey back I found the soul refreshed and the body wanting more naked time!

Even Ian remarked that AHG was special in that it was just so relaxed. Not a CO club and not having to be on the lookout for danger if in the countryside, very comfortable, with which sentiments I agreed entirely.  So 3 cheers for AHG! 

I didn't know Ian Pollard had had a stroke.  How terrible.  I did notice that Barbara had abandoned her florid purple, shortish hairstyle, preferring longer grey hair and she was dressed as she toured the grounds.  On the other 2 occasions I have visited she and Ian were naked apart from a gardening tool belt and gloves!

Davie!  SOOOO DISAPPOINTED that you were there and to have missed you, you should have flagged your intention to be there on the forum in advance.  With 4 forum members round the table that would have been a real quorum of the forum!

Just an update on the spousal aspects:  On the evening before I was visibly getting my stuff ready and the wife asked what I was doing.  On telling her she said she thought I had abandoned that and began to dole out some moral blackmail as something important had come up regarding our house sale that day that was important and I was leaving her to deal with it.
However, I was properly assertive and calmly firm saying that since there was an arrangement to meet up that I have committed to, I would not let my friends down and that I had agreed with her a few days previously that I could and would go.  She did the line about considering her feelings and I did one about considering my feelings but she accepted my resolve.  I went on a bit about the people there not being baby eaters or crocodile molesters (or vice versa!) and she just said "I don't want to know about it and I certainly don't want you to tell me about it when you get back"'.   However, when I did get back she asked me how I'd got on and I gave her a pretty full account (I really enjoyed the crocodile molesting and the roast baby sandwiches were delicious!).  She even looked at my pictures on my phone and she now knows what Ian looks like as I took a nice portrait of his head & shoulders only.  As I skipped over the 1st photo with a nude person in it she said "Why did you skip that one?"  "Because it had a nude person in it. dear, which out of respect I averted from your gaze."  But she did want to see those and looked at the lot (about 30-40, most with no one in but a couple with Ian from the rear and a couple with other naked people in the distance) and commented calmly although throwing in some disapproval at the end.   

So good response there.

I would have posted some pics but I had a terrible accident.  I have just changed mobile provider and I was changng sims into a new phone and I reset the old phone, and...you guessed it ....forgot to download the AHG photos first! So, irritatingly, my carefully comprehensive selection is gone, including a very nice portrait of the AHG tortoise!

John


 
Title: Re: AHG
Post by: nuduke on August 21, 2015, 01:01:48 AM
By the way, Larry, I noted that Ian had acquired a very even deep tan from his Minorca holiday.  Not I think as yet knocking you off the most-tanned pedestal !  ...But a contender!  ;)
John
Title: Re: AHG
Post by: milfmog on August 22, 2015, 02:22:37 PM
By the way, Larry, I noted that Ian had acquired a very even deep tan from his Minorca holiday.  Not I think as yet knocking you off the most-tanned pedestal !  ...But a contender!  ;)

A bit of artistic licence there John. My tan is even at present and I have managed to retain much of the colour I developed in May, however, compared to Larry or Dave, I look like I have been dipped in white paint and then rolled in flour.

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Ian was demurely erudite - amazingly eclectic mind, Ian has. 

At this point I should share a comment made by a former boss; "we all tend to underestimate our own knowledge and overestimate that of others". Careful not to prove him right John; all I usually provide is a quiet nod, an occasional "uh huh" and a question from a genuinely baffled listener.  ::)

Have fun,


Ian.
Title: Re: AHG
Post by: Davie on August 22, 2015, 02:56:39 PM
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Davie!  SOOOO DISAPPOINTED that you were there and to have missed you, you should have flagged your intention to be there on the forum in advance.  With 4 forum members round the table that would have been a real quorum of the forum!

Sorry but I didn't actually know we were going until about 9.00 am Sunday morning. I saw that the weather looked reasonable I suggested we go, and we did!

Davie  8)

Title: Re: AHG
Post by: nuduke on August 23, 2015, 10:27:22 AM
Quote from: milfmog
compared to Larry or Dave, I look like I have been dipped in white paint and then rolled in flour.

If you're that pale, I must be transparent! I have always been paper white!  I would love to have the capacity to acquire an even, light tan.  I am as brown at the moment as I can remember ever being due to taking advantage of the good patches of uk weather in the garden mostly.  This means I can now detect a difference in shade between the upper surface of my forearms and the other side.  The under surface, less exposed to the sun is white, the upper surface where the sun has been most is slightly cream!!!  However, my back is slightly tanned and due to obsessive barefooting & wearing minimal sandals my feet are a little tanned too compared with my lower legs which seem to be as refractory as a pottery kiln lining!

I was extremely envious of one chap at AHG who was incredibly evenly tanned.  Not even a slight shading to pale between his buttocks and his tan was so even.  Looked like it had been sprayed on....oh...Ah! well, yes, maybe! 

Maybe my new environment will give me additional sunbathing opportunity next year? I fully expect it to.

John
Title: Re: AHG
Post by: eyesup on August 23, 2015, 08:36:36 PM
Quote from: John
I was extremely envious of one chap at AHG who was incredibly evenly tanned.  Not even a slight shading to pale between his buttocks and his tan was so even.  Looked like it had been sprayed on....oh...Ah! well, yes, maybe!

Spray on tan is usually easily spotted. It's just too uniform and often a color that's slightly off. There are no variations in the application.

I don't understand the behavior, you want a nice tan from being in the sun but you don't go out in the sun? To me it's just cosmetics.

Duane
Title: Re: AHG
Post by: jbeegoode on August 24, 2015, 08:00:21 AM
Quote from: milfmog
compared to Larry or Dave, I look like I have been dipped in white paint and then rolled in flour.

If you're that pale, I must be transparent! I have always been paper white!  I would love to have the capacity to acquire an even, light tan.  I am as brown at the moment as I can remember ever being due to taking advantage of the good patches of uk weather in the garden mostly.  This means I can now detect a difference in shade between the upper surface of my forearms and the other side.  The under surface, less exposed to the sun is white, the upper surface where the sun has been most is slightly cream!!!  However, my back is slightly tanned and due to obsessive barefooting & wearing minimal sandals my feet are a little tanned too compared with my lower legs which seem to be as refractory as a pottery kiln lining!

I was extremely envious of one chap at AHG who was incredibly evenly tanned.  Not even a slight shading to pale between his buttocks and his tan was so even.  Looked like it had been sprayed on....oh...Ah! well, yes, maybe! 

Maybe my new environment will give me additional sunbathing opportunity next year? I fully expect it to.

John
Yea, I had the thought that if anyone had seen you on that golf course in Scottsdale, that they might think that they had seen a ghost wandering. Next year, things WILL be different.

From what I experience, it amazes me when occasionally, I see just how white and pink people can be without sun. Tourists come here to get a tan in the wintertime. Like seeing grass growing on the side of the road, or a tall deciduous tree, one forgets.

By the way, you all, I had no idea that the garden had that natural look to it. I pictured it as much more manicured. AND there are no rattlesnakes hiding under the brush!
Jbee
Title: Re: AHG
Post by: milfmog on August 24, 2015, 04:03:59 PM
By the way, you all, I had no idea that the garden had that natural look to it. I pictured it as much more manicured. AND there are no rattlesnakes hiding under the brush!

The lower garden (the area my pics are from) is very much in the style of a riverside garden. The more formal gardens are at the top of the slope. I have roughly marked the boundary of the gardens in this Google Earth screen grab.

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/639/20656374870_88173b6b39_o.jpg)

The riverside area is at the top of the picture (the back to front question mark is the path from the gazebo in my 8th picture down to the water). The circles of the herb garden are very visible in the bottom right but everything below the main house is formal lawn and border style garden. What is not obvious from that picture is the steep gradient from the house down to river level.

There are loads of pictures available online to get a  feel for the rest of the gardens.

Have fun,


Ian.
Title: Re: AHG
Post by: eyesup on August 24, 2015, 05:09:37 PM
Looked at the Google images and it looks interesting. Particularly the Abbey ruins. That is interesting of itself but if I were there it's the one thing that would draw my wife to the site.

I was reading about it and the history alone is worth the visit, at least for us colonists that have only a 500 yr. history to look upon.

Duane
Title: Re: AHG
Post by: eyesup on August 24, 2015, 10:57:08 PM
I remembered this one from the previous page:

Quote from: John
However, when I did get back she asked me how I'd got on and I gave her a pretty full account (I really enjoyed the crocodile molesting and the roast baby sandwiches were delicious!).  She even looked at my pictures on my phone and she now knows what Ian looks like as I took a nice portrait of his head & shoulders only.  As I skipped over the 1st photo with a nude person in it she said "Why did you skip that one?"  "Because it had a nude person in it. dear, which out of respect I averted from your gaze."  But she did want to see those and looked at the lot (about 30-40, most with no one in but a couple with Ian from the rear and a couple with other naked people in the distance) and commented calmly although throwing in some disapproval at the end.

So good response there.

I also would say that is good response. Not only because she was curious, but actually looked at photos of people behaving normally while naked. You know, strolling around an English Garden just like she would if she were visiting a garden. I hope at least that Ian had shaved.

You couldn't possibly have had a better intro than that one, John. It certainly looks like a great 1st step and a good 1st chip in the old block wall of resistance. Whenever you want to go again you might get less pushback each time.

Plus she's met Ian (sort of).

Duane
Title: Re: AHG
Post by: tanman on August 25, 2015, 01:15:04 AM
Quote from: Duane
Plus she's met Ian (sort of)

Yah, John, just keep telling her how 'normal' we all are!!!!

Have fun in the garden, naked!
Larry (tanman in Texas)
Title: Re: AHG
Post by: milfmog on August 25, 2015, 09:43:54 AM
Quote from: Duane
Plus she's met Ian (sort of)

Yah, John, just keep telling her how 'normal' we all are!!!!

It may be too late for that; she's sort of met me now (and I had not shaved, the beard has been present almost continuously for more than 30 years). Now she knows we are not all normal.

Have fun,


Ian.
Title: Re: AHG
Post by: eyesup on August 25, 2015, 04:42:44 PM
Normal, like beauty, is relative.

'Course I wouldn't refer to any of my relatives as either.

Duane
Title: Re: AHG
Post by: nuduke on August 27, 2015, 11:10:56 PM
Did I tell you that just after the AHG day, I changed phones and suppliers and diligently set up new phone, over a couple of days giving time to check all the apps, settings and functions were set up on the new phone.  That allowed me to relinquish the old phone and factory reset it....Arrrrgh! Nooooooo!  I forgot to download my newest photos, the AHG ones.  I'm gutted as there were some good ones and a fine memory of our nice day. I might have been able to post the very nice head and shoulders shot of Ian that I showed my wife.

Hey ho

John
Title: Re: AHG
Post by: milfmog on August 28, 2015, 04:52:03 PM
I might have been able to post the very nice head and shoulders shot of Ian

Sounds like you folks had a lucky escape...

Have fun,


Ian.
Title: Re: AHG
Post by: JOhnGw on March 14, 2016, 12:49:29 PM
I have heard that the clothing optional days for this year have been announced

Sunday 22nd May 2016
Friday 17th June 2016
Sunday 17th July 2016
Friday 5th August 2016
Sunday 4th September 2016

I can't find them on the web site though
Title: Re: AHG
Post by: Davie on March 14, 2016, 12:54:33 PM
You need to look under the events page and then click clothes optional. See  here (http://www.abbeyhousegardens.co.uk/)

Davie  8)
Title: Re: AHG
Post by: JOhnGw on March 14, 2016, 01:44:20 PM
You need to look under the events page and then click clothes optional. See  here (http://www.abbeyhousegardens.co.uk/)

Davie  8)
Why couldn't I see the bleedin' obvious? :-[
Title: Re: AHG
Post by: Davie on March 14, 2016, 01:48:29 PM
Should have gone to Specsavers!   Sorry

Davie  8)
Title: Re: AHG
Post by: JOhnGw on March 14, 2016, 11:15:54 PM
I have since heard from BN that the dell area will NOT be restricted as happened last year after a certain amount of misbehaviour in the area visible from the public footpath and that the entire gardens will be clothing-optional.
Title: Re: AHG
Post by: nuduke on March 15, 2016, 12:34:15 AM
Very interesting!  The AHG website is completely new and is either a professional job or a very good template.  Huge effort with the photos - the album of winter pictures is fabulous.  Also aerial photography in the home page video is great (taken by a drone I reckon, n'est ce pas?). 
I reckon they've got a new marketing person on board or under new management.
What is completely absent (that I could find) is any reference to or from the Pollards (except for one pic with Ian Pollard in a shirt but no kegs).  The history page makes no mention of recent years in the Pollards possession. No longer any copy about the naked gardeners as a marketing point and all of a sudden you can stay and dine inside the house. The clothing optional days no longer have their own page and the familiar chat as to how to use the Belvedere to store stuff etc. 

One wonders if the Pollards have now sold out /moved out and that the downplaying of the CO days is a precursor to reducing and removing them albeit that rumour has it that they are very profitable days....and who is Rufus?  I couldn't find an up to date news article about what's happening/happened to selling it, the Pollards' divorce etc.

Anybody any the wiser?

John
Title: Re: AHG
Post by: Davie on March 15, 2016, 10:06:31 AM
Rufus is Ian's son. From the BN forum - Information has it that naturism will be allowed in the lower gardens. It is also expected that any bad behaviour must be reported to the staff at the time.

Changes are certainly taking place

Davie  8)

Title: Re: AHG
Post by: nuduke on March 18, 2016, 10:19:13 PM
Sorry for ignorance, which are the lower gardens?  Presumably the ones either side of the river down the main pathway from the Belvedere?
Does that mean nudity restricted to that area on CO days?  Or (unlikely, I know), allowed any day?
John
Title: Re: AHG
Post by: JOhnGw on March 18, 2016, 11:00:50 PM
Sorry for ignorance, which are the lower gardens?  Presumably the ones either side of the river down the main pathway from the Belvedere?
Does that mean nudity restricted to that area on CO days?  Or (unlikely, I know), allowed any day?
John
Nudity is only allowed on clothing-optional days.
The lower gardens are the part down by the river and this part is partially visible from the public path which runs alongside the gardens. Last year there was some misbehaviour in this part of the gardens and for the last one or two clothing optional days nudity was not allowed in that part of the gardens.
We have been assured that nudity will be allowed throughout the gardens on clothing-optional days this year but have been asked to report any unacceptable behaviour promptly so that the perpetrators may be appropriately dealt with.
Title: Re: AHG
Post by: nuduke on March 24, 2016, 09:28:15 PM
I see, so the lower gardens have been brought back into nude use on CO days. 

OK, sorry, ineluctable curiosity drives me to ask - what was the unacceptable behaviour?  Was there a lot of it?

John
Title: Re: AHG
Post by: Peter S on March 25, 2016, 10:06:38 AM
Pleased to see that this year they've gone back to having some Fridays in the schedule, not all Sundays. A weekday is easier for me to get along to so I might actually get back here this year

peter
Title: Re: AHG
Post by: milfmog on June 06, 2016, 12:55:58 PM
Abbey House Gardens Saturday 11 June 2016

The current forecast at XC Weather (click here (http://www.xcweather.co.uk/forecast/Malmesbury)) was looking pretty good for the next Clothing Optional day at Abbey House Gardens. (Although, having just looked again it is now forecasting rain in the afternoon).

I am hoping to get there, is anyone else from this fine group going to be there?(Or have I now put you all off).

Have fun,



Ian
Title: Re: AHG
Post by: Davie on June 06, 2016, 02:17:21 PM
No Ian you've certainly not put me off, and I'd attend but we are sur le continent.

I hope you all have a great day.

Davie  8)
Title: Re: AHG
Post by: JOhnGw on June 06, 2016, 03:47:11 PM
Unfortunately I'll be in France.
Title: Re: AHG
Post by: eyesup on June 07, 2016, 04:35:00 AM
Unfortunately, I'll be in America!  :D

Duane
Title: Re: AHG
Post by: nuduke on June 07, 2016, 05:03:22 PM
Unfortunately I'll be supporting the wife on a jam stall, tea bar, cake buffet or the like.  Yuk.
Unfortunately and, since the weather is looking OK, even more unfortunately, is everyone aware of the fact that it's the day of the Queen's 90th official birthday thing?  So the rural world at least and probably the urbane sprawl too (sic, by the way!) are jollifying and purporting to recreate the imagined community spirit of those long-lost,you guessed it, 'good old days'.

Thus, unless AHG is doing the same nude (now that would be good!) my guess is that it might affect the attendance.  Just a thought.

The imagined residual patriotism and unaccustomed togetherness of the populus as represented by the 'Dunkirk Spirit', The WI and and the like is rallying for a celebration of the Queen's accidental longevity of life and reign, this Saturday.  Whilst I am not one to spoil or pooh pooh others' reasons for a good party and neither do I wish the Queen to miss out on her national adulation and good PR, I wonder about the motivation for all this enforced jollity.  Mind you, in our village, the parish council, WI, sports club and worthy organisations will take up any excuse for a celebration and I have to say that the excessive plenty of cake provided by the local bakers almost rivals the very best in cakeification and bunnage that this sceptred isle has to offer.  It will therefore be my pleasure to celebrate Queenie's 90th with a walk (note) to the village hall and the consumption of an excess of cake plus, due to the proximity, hopefully a foaming flagon or two of the brown stuff (and I don't mean tomato fertiliser!).

I have to be much more determined to do AHG these days.  One shortcoming of my house move is that AHG is over an extra hour's drive away now (somewhat over 3 hrs).  Can't pop out and back so effectively.  However it wasn't a priority.  More relevant was the locale:  This sunny afternoon I have mowed the lawn naked and sat out naked sunbathing for longer than I've had for a long time.  I'm only typing this because I've come in having cooked myself to a nicety.  In these new freer circumstances I have taken advantage of the bouts of good weather in May & last 3 days and actually have a tiny bit of tan!  The top of my legs and arms are a very tiny bit browner than the underneath!  That's a first!

John
Title: Re: AHG
Post by: jbeegoode on June 08, 2016, 06:54:35 AM
So, with everyone in town eating cake, can you sneak out to the country and get some all over tan? Let 'em eat cake. I'll take some healthy sun. 8)

I'm pleased when I hear of a little old lady turning the BIG 9-oh. Bless her heart. She's certainly been born into good fortune. Reminds me of my own mother. Mom had a stroke before the year was out, however. It's a milestone put into people's heads.
Jbee   
Title: Re: AHG
Post by: milfmog on June 08, 2016, 05:05:35 PM
Saturday's forecast for Malmesbury is still going the wrong way; it's looking damp most of the day now :(

I'll probably make a decision to go or not on Friday.

Have fun,


Ian.
Title: Re: AHG
Post by: 45655uk on June 09, 2016, 12:58:20 PM
I feel the same way as Ian - whilst I would very much like to go, the forecast is putting me off. I have been clothes free for much of the last four days anyway, so do not need to go to a lot of effort just to get naked!

Keith