festival daze

festival dazehome sweet home… or more urgently.. bath sweet smelling bath!
greenbelt was fab fab fab.


food – this vendor just near mainstage that sold crepes, and also had these 2 HUGE woks full of fried potato. I had a ‘grande royal’ which seemed to be fried pot, sweet carrot with a fab sausage on top, that had been cooked in white wine… it was SMASHIN.

comedy – jude simpson and rev gerald ambulance were both, as always, totally stupendous. Rev gerald’s act was the same as it was 2 years ago, but this didn’t stop my enjoyment of it… sometimes it’s even funnier when you know what’s gonna happen! Jude was wonderful… good to bump into her on one occasion and catch up… that gal got talent! saw Paul Kerensa at last Last Orders.. made me laf. A line he used was so funny i still keep thinking about it now and chuckling to myself, but this is a family blog, so i’ll not tell you what it was! I wouldn’t put him up their with the Rev or Jude, but that’s prob coz i’m such big fans of theirs, for various reasons.

music – kids loved daniel beddingfield; it was great to see their faces! i liked a band on last night of Last Orders, a bloke and a lass, can’t remember their title but it had the word ‘lightening’ or ‘fire’ in it. they were amazing. also enjoyed ‘folk on’ that was in the same show. (sorry – i don’t really go to GB for the music, so can’t really comment!) hubbie loved candi staton… he has all the remixes of ‘you got the love’, and that’s a whole lotta remixes.

talks – well, i sat in on several ‘generous’ talks, which only seemed polite seeing as i had ‘commissioned’ them to do them! I wish i could have made it to more of them tho, but couldn’t due to other commitments and due to having kids! I have just realised that i didn’t get to any talks other than generous ones and the FT panel i was ‘producing’. Never mind. i don’t feel like i’ve missed out.

my stuff – interviewing Janey Lee Grace went well – she attracted a big crowd. She was v honest and open… i didn’t have to do much really!
The whole generous talks programme seemed to go smoothly, and the bits that didn’t will be used to improve things next year, no doubt! It was good to meet Katie who heads up ‘Frank water’… what a vision. Also good to meet David from Day choc company (who delighted my kids by giving them 6 Dubble bars each, just coz they are Dubble agents!) and Paul, chief exec Traidcraft. Mark who has just started up Clean Slate Clothing company was also quite inspirational. Jo Rathbourne of Eco-congregation was great to hook up with again… she also held her own at the last Last Orders, and was a star on my Fair Trade Panel! My own talk went OK… quite a good turn-out… difficult to fit it all in the hour tho! It was good working with Jerry, Sue, Peter and Claire in the generous ‘zone’… we all worked hard, which seemed to make things tick along pretty well, imo.
The Fair Trade panel was cool. Crosby was packed out, which was a good start. It was great sitting at the back, watching it all happen, knowing that i had sorted it out… what a rush! (as in ‘how exciting’ as opposed to ‘i was rushed). Again, they found it hard to fit all they needed to say in the hour, but Esther (from the Guardian) managed to let them each have their say… shame we ran out of time and could only take a couple of questions from the floor.

social-ness – it was so so cool to camp with friends this year… two families from our church that have kids same age as ours. It meant we had our own little party going on, alongside the festival, which was so good for us and kids. Likewise, it was wonderful to bump into so many friends and familiar faces this year… i admit that on several occasions i recognised a face, but didn’t have the courage to say hi… i’m sure I’d remember how i knew them if only i asked!
also good to have my sis ‘on tap’, as it were. she lives in Cheltenham so useful to go to hers during communion for showers/hot meal! (sshhhh, don’t tell anyone!). she is so gr8.

kids – our kids had a great (must think up more original words other than ‘great’ fab’ etc!) time, as per usual. Also as per usual they went to the 1st kids session, then refused to go again. I think they do enjoy it (all looks great to me!) but they’d rather hang out at the rest of the festival with us, which is fair enough i guess.
Tilly braved the YMCA climbing wall (as in the background of this piccie) and got a certificate… not bad for £2!

purchases – got smashing new bag and wallet from the ‘hemp’ stall (now everyone will think i’m a weed smoker, rather than understanding that i buy these products for environmental reasons!). Got some reduced price FT clothes. But best of all was the muddy books! the bookshop had a box of muddy books that said on it ‘make us an offer’. I took up a book worth £13 (i think) and another one worth £8. She said: £15 for the 2 books together? I said: how about £3 for that one and £2 for that one, and she looked glum and said OK! They were books i really wanted too – the 7 plots of stories, and ‘soil and soul’. Then i went back later, approached Steve who runs the bookshop, and asked him how much for 2 copies of that v popular ‘1st year with baby’ book, that were in muddy box. I said ‘ how about £2 each’. He laughed and said he needed to make a profit. I pointed out that he couldn’t sell them for anything back in the bookshops, and this was during the last few hours of the festival. He reluctantly agreed… and they were worth £8 each (and i have at least 2 pregnant pals at the mo). Oh hurrah hooray…i was so chuffed with myself! I nearly got carried away and considered spotting books i liked and dropping them in the mud when no one was looking… but stopped myself before things got too heavy.

well, there’s prob more to say, but if i try to think of it, will be here all day.
how was it for you?!

Greenbelt ahoy!

wallace... lookin' good!whoops – been an entire month since last posted anything here… been busy enjoying summer hols!
Off to the far off, exotic, sun-drenched, wildy tame and tamly wild (?) Greenbelt... today!

Going a day early coz helping in the GENEROUS area (see last post).

If you’re a fellow camper (one of the chosen 20,000) then check out this link for a special greenbelt weather forcast.

Last night i was swotting up on Janey Lee Grace, as I will be interviewing her. She sent me her book… started it; ought to finish it on the hour and 1/2 journey to the belt of green. Trying to remain calm as, for a start… she used to be in Wham!! (2 exclamation marks needed there; one belongs to the band, the other is me expressing amazement). She’s toured with the likes of George Michael, Boy George and Kim Wilde. Not many people can claim they’ve done that… and even less people can say that they have actually really truthfully done that!
Not only has she been interviewed numerous times, but whilst googling her i discovered that she even tutors on ‘how to be interviewed’. Whereas little ole me has only ever done a couple of interviews… and most have been via email. I guess Adrian Plass would be my biggest ‘name’, but email interviews are a whole lot easier, imo. (hubbie’s biggest name would have to be Anita Roddick, just to name drop, but again – email interview, not in front of real live breathing people).

Just about finished preparing my talk called – Simple Minds: 103 and 1/3 easy peasy ways to live more generously.
Think it will go OK. It’s a bit of my forts, mixed with quite a bit of ‘en masse’ brainstorming (hey – i can’t be left to do all the work). I am bringing several dubble bars to give out as prizes for some of the best ideas, so that should help.
For yr info, it’s on Sat, 3pm, Generous (Pulse). Oh, and Janey’s interview is on same day, same place, 2pm – if i can keep her talking, my talk can be nice and short… (thx 4 coming everyone… do remember to live simply and generously… here, have some chocolate!).

If you’re at all interested in generous living, then DO call in to our ‘area’ in the Pulse on Fri eve, 8-9pm… pick up a programme… loudly ask ‘is annie here?’ and then i can say a big hi (and bombard you with fliers and the like).

Read several books recently that haven’t got round to reviewing on this site… might try to do that after GB, might not… don’t hold yr breath.

but i digress… kids are v keen to see daniel beddingfield (bless) and i’m quite interested to see nick park (talking, not singing). Always been big wallace and grommit fan.

oh, and kids have been making ‘festival chairs’ with cardboard boxes (it’s all we can afford for them to play with… the poor little mites… please oh please give generously to the porthouse fund… large cheques or visa accepted). Do check it out… v funny! (the link actually takes you to richard’s blog, and you need to click on the link from there. It was hubbie who took their play to ‘the next level’… he’d like us to think he’s been working really hard recently, as he works from home, but it’s things like this which make me wonder…).

well, here’s to another year of wondering if we need to take our wellies with us when we make the long long hike from our tent to the ‘village’, or if our well-worn trainers will keep our tootsies dry if the heaven’s open… oh, and lots of fun n deep Godly stuff too…