While Mark is completely supportive of the fact that I'm leaving teaching in the summer, he has also made it clear that our reduced income must still cover our motor-sport activities and events (which is his main hobby and enthusiasm). I completely understand and support his point of view... after all, he would like to give up work as much as I do. So, on Saturday, we headed off in the silver Marcos for a weekend at the Donington Historic Festival...
You'll remember from previous posts that I'm preparing and saving for the summer by living on an extremely frugal income. This doesn't sit very comfortably with an environment where people have spent more on a car than I would live on for a decade........
Our Marcos may look gorgeous - but cost virtually nothing (in classic car terms) because Mark built her from re-cycled parts in our garage. Nevertheless, she attracts a lot of attention because she is rare and unusual..
Here's how I kept the costs down...
.1. We took 6 bottles of water from Aldi.
.2. We took a flask of coffee and a picnic for the first day.
.3. We rented a 'Serviced Apartment' in Castle Donington, rather than going to a Bed and Breakfast.
(which ended being this rather cute little cottage)
.4. I took a frozen meal for Saturday evening that I had made earlier in the week. It acted as an ice pack for the picnic during the day.
.5. We took our own drinks for the evening.
.6. There was a 'goody bag' of food waiting for us in the cottage. I used all the bread to make sandwiches for Sunday.
(We also bought home the 'Bonne Maman' jams and a couple of small cereal boxes.)
.7. We re-filled all the water bottles in the cottage too.. and made more coffee.
.8. We bought the tickets for the event a long time in advance and at a substantial discount
(less than 1/2 price)
It was a completely amazing weekend...
The cottage was a lucky find on Booking,com.
The bedroom and wet room were enormous..
...and I couldn't resist taking a photo of this tap.
I've never seen a 'Waterfall' design like this before.
Isn't it cool??
The cottage cost £99 per night.
The two day ticket for the event (for both of us) cost £16
OK.. it's not super-frugal, but I think we kept our costs down
(and enjoyed things more because we didn't feel that we were being 'ripped off' with £3 cups of coffee and £6 jacket potatoes)
This weekend will be quieter... I'm spending most of Saturday at a Quaker event in the Meeting House in Worcester.