Then today was the young mans driving day (the one we got him for his birthday). We drove over to Stafford early morning to find the place, then we had a trundle around the beautiful Staffordshire countryside until it was time for his drive. I can't believe how much they taught him in such a short space of time. He got tuition in a mini cooper for 3 laps of the track - in which time they taught him gear changes, starting, breaking and steering!! Then they zipped him around the track in a Lotus Elise to show him how it was done, then they let him loose in the Aston Martin Vantage!!!! It was great to watch, and really funny listening to all the "mummies" having kittens as their little boys took to the track for their 1st drive. He did really really well and he looks like a bit of a natural at the wheel. He said that the Aston was easier to drive than the mini - perhaps that was a hint!!
After his drive, we all got to partake as passengers in an off road vehicle driving through some very scarey terrain!! The driver seemed amused by my terror, but I told him it would be far funnier if I drove - I think he would have been more scared than me!!!
After our time at the track, the sun came out and I didnt want to go home, so we took a look at the map and thought Stafford town centre might be nice for a wander round, but as we got nearer, we though that it looked like it might be twinned with Rotherham - to be avoided at all costs!!! So we detoured to Shugborough Hall - somewhere Ive always fancied a look around. It was a bit late, so we didnt get an indepth look, but it was really nice, with lovely gardens and a fascinating photography display of Patrick Lichfields work. I loved the walled garden, but they were having terrible trouble with their cabbages - nearly every one stripped bare (by caterpillars I presume). They had a working blacksmiths in the corner of the garden which was interesting. I would have loved to visit the "downstairs " bit of the hall, but we didnt have any time left, so I was promised a revisit.