Just a quick picture. Although this was taken earlier in the weekend than today I think it completely sums up the Greenbelt weekend. Torrential rain, mud glorious mud and wellies. It was wonderful!!
So that’s it. Another Greenbelt over. Our last year as just the two of us and next year a new and different Greenbelt with a child in tow starts!
Tonight we are at a lovely B and B in Bath where we are enjoying a comfortable bed and a hot bath. Perfect!
Monday evening at Greenbelt was a fantastic line-up of performers including Seth Lakeman, The Imagined Village and Bellowhead who were truly fabulous.
We had more torrential rain in the afternoon which just contributed to the terrible mud conditions. I have to admit to being a bit grumpy in the afternoon because I was cold and wet but the evening cheered me up no end – dancing with the kids in the puddles whilst listening to Bellowhead.
I also got a bit of time with Peterson. I miss him so very much when he is back home in the States and the joy and pleasure at seeing him happy and content is massive.
Sunday morning at Greenbelt means communion service – well for everyone else that is. The Mister and I tend to go to the local swimming pool for a short swim and a long shower!
The rest of Sunday was spent mooching around the site, eating food and drinking tea at the Tiny Tea Tent. For me one of the best things about Greenbelt is the opportunity to see friends we only see once a year.
I think this picture sums up Greenbelt nicely – this is Alien, daughter of Pants, wearing flowers in her hair and covered in mud!
In the evening I went to bed and let The Mister go to the pub with his friend Tom. They were under strict instructions not to get too drunk and be obnoxious. To be fair, they were fairly well behaved!
This photograph completely sums up today at Greenbelt. In the middle of the afternoon the heavens absolutely opened and the rain was positively biblical! Fortunately The Mister and I were tucked up in our tent as I was absolutely shattered and having an afternoon nap.
When we went back onto site in the evening the rain had created a massive mudbath – thank goodness for walking boots… and later on wellies!
I was trying very hard to get a photo of our boots without my 6-month pregnant belly getting in the way. It would seem that Winston the bump is happy to make his presence known as often as possible!
We arrived onsite at Greenbelt at 11ish and managed to locate our usual camping area and put up the canvas mansion. It was fabulous to see people we haven’t seen since last year.
As always we raised the Guernsey flag, accompanied by compulsory national anthem and this year we had an additional flag – a lovely gay marriage flag to add to the party!
On Friday we managed to go for a wander onto the festival site and we also saw Peterson Toscano performing Transfigurations which was fabulous!
Today we travelled to Sark, one of the smallest and definitely one of the most beautiful of the Channel Islands. Just three miles long and a mile and a half wide it seems to tower out of the sea as you arrive by boat and The Mister commented that it reminded him of Jurassic Park. Not to mention that when we got the boat there it was quite foggy and I seriously expected the Black Pearl from The Pirates of The Caribbean to come sailing out.
We were in Sark for Sark Folk Festival. We have never been before so it is a new experience!
We arrived a day early though and did some exploring. The house in this picture is called Beau Sejour and I believe that Gran Nora lived there with Grandpa during the Occupation when she worked as a nurse on the island. There was a small exhibition about the Occupation in Sark so we went to see if there was any information. There was only a little bit, mainly a comment that she gave birth to twins whilst living there!
So, Sark is beautiful, windy and very, very dark at night. It is essential to take a torch!
Last weekend The Mister and I went to the Garforth Arts Festival along with Tom and Anne and the boys. We had no idea what this would be like. The website had very little information on it and all we knew was that there were some good artists playing. What we found was a rather brilliant local festival. Most of the afternoon was taken up by performances from the kids at the school and their various bands, and some of them were very, very good. They also had a parade of African music and dancing as the school is affiliated with a school somewhere in South Africa.
In the evening Oompah Brass played, dressed appropriately in lederhosen but rather less typically playing pop songs. The London Community Gospel Choir played and as always they were brilliant, followed by the rather bizarrely named Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly who was pretty good and the evening was topped off with the brilliant Seth Lakeman. I am still amazed that they managed to get him to play at such a small, local event but it was fantastic.
All in all it was a fab day. Great music, lovely weather and the chance to spend time with some of our best friends and their funny children. Matthew and Andrew kept us entertained all afternoon by dancing (oh and Andrew shuffling along on his bottom and thinking it was hilarious!) and baby Mark was just…. cuddly!