Summer had definitely arrived for our visit to Sculptures By The Lakes. Starting with coffee on the terrace of the Bartley Lodge hotel, overlooking the beautiful garden grounds, we enjoyed the morning sunshine. Over 20 cars took a very scenic route across the New Forest. The donkeys it seemed were queuing to watch our cars cross the cattle grid, and I am sure if they had flags, they would have waved them as we passed!!!! Or were they just being obstinate and refusing to get out of the way “who knows”. Driving across Cranborne Chase and through the Historic Avenue of Trees, at Kingston Lacey we swept through the lanes, avoiding the holiday traffic on the main roads, to arrive at Sculptures by the Lake, where we had reserved Lotus Parking.
A second cause for celebration that day was the 50th Birthday of Terry and Jacki’s Elan Plus 2, The Hot Banana and close behind in age, the Plus 2 belonging to George and Sue . We settled into a meadow within the grounds surrounded by giant head sculptures for our picnic lunch. After lunch is birthday cake time for the Hot Banana, with Banana cake made by Jacki. The afternoon was spent strolling around the lakes, studying the sculptures and watching the local artists, who were working in various art mediums around the lake. The day was rounded off with ice creams in the garden loungers.
Our next event in June was the joint Historic Lotus Club/Club Lotus Summer Drive in and Luncheon, held at the beautiful Oakley Hall Hotel, nr Basingstoke. This year’s theme was outstanding hats. Prizes were given out in the lucky tombola raffle, with fee entry for everyone that wore a hat on the day. Some of the hats were very imaginative, with traffic cone hats, toy europa hats, mad hatters hats and the crowning glory, Terry’s lotus dash board instrument hard hat, including horns and speedometers etc.
Sunday 2nd September 2018 – Drive Out
Sunday 7th October 2018 – Treasure Hunt
Sunday 4th November 2018 – Annual Sportomotive Skittles Match
Sunday 16th December 2018 – Christmas Lunch at The Bartley Lodge Hotel