Well, I am going to write this anyway, even if it means I may not be around to take full advantage of the yearly membership. The holiday plans are now turning into travel plans, with an open ticket and a working holiday visa with a plan to put stuff into storage and move out. So watch this space as there will be some stuff I don’t want to sell but will need a good home while I am away.
One of those items maybe a membership card. But not any old membership card. A card in which you get to put a sticker in your car and get free parking at thousands of car parks with entry into some very nice houses and some old factories. I am of course referring to the National Trust.
For just under £40.00 you can get a year’s membership. Basically if I visit Tatton, Durham Massey, Quarry Bank Mill, Lyme Park and Speke House I would have saved double the membership fee, as all those places charge a fiver for ground entry and then £7.00 upwards for admission into the houses or mills.
So my question to the blogging world is should I accept that I am old and get the sticker which I place proudly in my rear window to show everyone that I have elbow patches on my jackets and love to wear aran wool jumpers. I think personally it will be worth it, and even when I set sail after May for my jolly I hope I would have used the card to its full. At the end of the day it’s an excuse to go places. ‘What you want to do?’ “Don’t know” “Lets go and park in one of the coastal car parks because we can!”
Plus there is a serious element as the membership fee is helping to protect and restore coastlines, houses, mills, country side…. basically our heritage and that is something we should pay for as when it is gone we’ll miss it or I certainly will. If only more people were like me. I am not a Luddite but I appreciate where we have been and what we have come from and we need to show our rich history the respect that it deserves. People are all too quick to jump for joy when Apple release a new toy, but we have buildings and machines that were built from scratch and are marvels of how did they do that back then, but this past glory of the empire now enables people like Job’s to make millions from the very progression that is on our doorstep I bet no one has gone down to see the home and the first computer that resides in Manchester, that without it Job’s would be no one and we’d be listening to tunes on the old gramophone. Every one is all to quick to moan about the railways, but the trains are running on lines and bridges that have celebrated their 150th birthday, and the only comparison is ‘other countries can run their rail networks on time’ Well other countries had their rail network bombed to shit so rebuilt it. Ours is 150 years old and is a feat of engineering. Modern clothes shopping is only possible thanks to the likes of Gregg and Arkwaright who exploited the cotton and wool trade and built huge factories to mass produce. Everything we do, the way we live is an echo of our past and we should stop and listen to it. We should explore it and treasure it and live it. People who walk round a castle and see bricks, or towers that all look the same, have not bothered to step back into the world of when it was built. That is why the National Trust and English Heritage are a key part of the British conscience and people like me should join to help fund the good work that they do.
Maybe I won’t have time to enjoy the benefits of the card and exploring the wonderful treasures that surround me as I feel any spare time will be spent planning and organising my every growing vacation. But I am sure you will all find out if and when I get one as you can be sure I will blog about the trips I take.