On one of our many trips to the Isle of Wight we visited the Model Village at Godshill. One thing that thrilled me beyond the reasonable was the fact that within the Godshill Model Village was a model of the model village. And then an even smaller version within that. I’m very pleased to say that the same is true of the Bourton on the Water Model Village.
The funny thing was the number of people who, when they reached the model of the model would exclaim “And there’s a model of the model of the model of the village!” Or words to that effect. All like excited children to their mostly less than excited children.
Actually, most of the children thoroughly enjoyed the wonder that is a miniature world. I think the under fives rather enjoy being able to touch the roofs of buildings and think they are the lead in The Attack of the 50 Foot Woman.
The Bourton on the Water Model Village is the only Grade II listed model village in the country and you can see why. It’s an incredible replication of the actual village. Actually, that’s not completely true. The builders made a decision to move the church of St Lawrence in order to include it. I think that’s fair enough.
We visited it today slightly before the hordes descended. Being another ridiculously hot day, the water in Bourton was full of teeming kids and over-heated adults. It was not pleasant.
We were lucky in the model village. As we left, a lot of people had arrived and were making their slow way around the tiny streets.
Naturally the whole site had been marked out in a one way system. This, like Hidcote Garden, meant we saw everything though it was a bit difficult for people to pass. That meant everyone had to go at my speed.
In the photo above there is an umbrella in the top right hand side. This was to shelter a chap who was busy making small blocks of Cotswold stone as he worked to restore one of the houses.
I think one of the reasons that Bourton on the Water Model Village is so highly prized is because the materials used to build it are the same as the actual buildings. When you walk around the full size village, the buildings look remarkably identical.
I loved the gardens. The way they’d been trimmed and pruned to resemble the real thing was amazing. It really felt like as if we were a bunch of visitors to Lilliput.
The whole placed is at 1:9 scale which prompted Mirinda to tell me that her dolls house will be 1:12 and how she bought some miniature garden tools a while back which were completely the wrong scale. Fortunately, everything at Bourton on the Water Model Village is the same scale. Well, except for the humans I guess.
Back in 2009, we also visited a Model Village in Wimborne Minster but I didn’t mention whether there was a village within the village within the village. However, here’s the link.
We then went for a long, air conditioned drive everywhere else sweltered. The mercury rose to 30° and beyond. It was stupidly hot. Max was delightfully icy.
There was the promise of a big storm in the early hours of the morning but I wasn’t holding out a lot of hope given the same thing had been promised since the heat started in earnest. Mind you, I did see some lightning on the horizon as we watched a movie after dinner.
Later, back at the cottage, we met and chatted with our next door neighbour who agreed that the heat was awful. She’s not very well and has been shielded against the plague because she has Crohn’s disease. Saying that, it doesn’t stop her smoking like a chimney. I should know. Every time she lights up, the smoke wafts into our cottage through the back window.
Anyway, she said she’d lived next door for 62 years and, before that, lived higher up in the village. She’d never lived anywhere else and, I think, she was a bit mystified that we had travelled 10,000 miles to move house.
She was even more mystified when Mirinda told her about the door only sheer drop toilets in Nepal. And the fact that when you need to go to the loo in Australia, quite often it’s in the bush and just a question of checking for snakes and spiders first.
What stupid thing did Donald Trump say today
The president of the United States said that the great pandemic of 1917 ended the second world war because all the soldiers got sick.
I don’t think that needs any comment. It’s enough to just read it and weep.
I think a photo of a tiny converted mill is much better.