In yesterday’s mail, there was a large brown envelope. When we opened it, we were surprised that a young man slid out. It turned out, that our granddaughter Kate had sent her young friend, who was called Flat Stanley, to visit us where we live, in a town called Yeovil, in Somerset, England.
Kate attends 2nd Grade school in Freeport, Maine, in the USA, and she had decided to send Flat Stanley on a short visit to the UK. We think that his flight may have been delayed, because he was due back in school by the 1st of November, and it was already the 29th of October. It was going to be a very short visit.
We thought that we should go straight out and start to show Flat Stanley around. We decided to take Flat Stanley on an outing to the nearby town of Sherborne, Dorset. This is where Kate’s Daddy used to go to school when he was a boy and has a number of old and historic buildings.
Flat Stanley’s first stop on his trip was Sherborne Abbey, which was quite exciting as it is such an historical building. Flat Stanley wanted to be photographed outside different parts of the Abbey. This turned out to be quite a problem because it was a very windy day and Flat Stanley is very slim in stature. He was blown over a few times while posing for the photographs.
Flat Stanley with Granny.
Flat Stanley hanging on to The Digby Memorial.
Flat Stanley with his seat belt on.
Flat Stanley in The Parade.
Even the ‘fish and chip’ shop is still there, where Kate’s Daddy used to buy his school lunch, instead of eating his packed lunch that he had taken from home.
All of a sudden Flat Stanley came to a very odd looking box outside a post office. It looked like a box where people posted their letters but instead of being red, it was painted gold. Flat Stanley learnt that this had been specially painted gold in honour of Team GB’s Peter Wilson, a local farmer’s son, after he won a Gold Medal in the clay pigeon shooting at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Flat Stanley and Granny at the Gold Mailbox.
Having hurried back down Cheap Street, there was just enough time for another look at the cool Tudor building.
After that we all walked back towards the Abbey, passing the Sherborne Museum on the way.
In the window of the Museum, there was a display about Sherborne’s Pack Monday Fair. This is an annual tradition, which even after hundreds of years, is still very popular with both young and old. Some possible explanations for the tradition can be found here on the ‘Dark Dorset’ website.
Before leaving Sherborne, Flat Stanley wanted to take another look at the Abbey. By this time, Flat Stanley had, courtesy of a hardware shop in Cheap Street, found a way of holding on to various vantage points which allowed him to get a good view of the sights.
Flat Stanley was excited to discover that these Alms Houses, which were built in 1448, are still used to house elderly people today.
Before we left, Flat Stanley couldn’t resist a little tree climbing in order to get a better view of the area around the Abbey.
Having spent a happy and interesting afternoon in the old town of Sherborne, it was time to go back to the house of Kate’s Granny and Grandad for some supper. He would then need to do some packing before his return journey to Freeport.
Lots more photography of Sherborne’s Cheap Street can be seen here on the ‘Dorset Camera’ website.
Now the story of Flat Stanley’s visit to see Kate’s Granny and Grandad is over I think I should just add that this post has no commercial intent and was written solely as a response to my Granddaughter’s letter to us. It was the only way that Kate’s Granny and Grandad could see, to get Flat Stanley back into school on time, by the 1st of November. I hope that this is understood by any parties with interests in the Flat Stanley books or associated projects, and that they will consider it to be fair use of Flat Stanley’s name.