Sunday 12th June 2011
There is a distinct sense of déjà vu as I write this blog. We are currently driving on the M1 heading back towards the Lake district after a week at Patchings Art festival in Nottingham. LIke last year, the weather is atrocious. The only difference is the fact that we are playing Rory Gallagher on the stereo instead of Billy Mitchell.
The festival has been another success, although visitor numbers were visibly down on last year, we have equalled the amount of funds raised in aid of the World Owl Trust. We were ably assisted by Sparky the Barn Owl; our Owl ambassador in chief.
The weather has been a mixed bag this week. We set up on Wednesday, and had only just put the gazebo up when a massive thunderstorm broke the heavens, depositing hailstones the size of marrowfat processed peas everywhere. We felt rather smug, as the vital part of the setup procedure had already taken place.
The days that followed promised rain, but delivered sunshine until today which turned into a complete washout.
All in all we managed to sign up 7 new members as well, 3 on the last day, which was very nice considering the weather. Both Andy and I were ably assisted by our regular volunteers Roy and Debs Smith.
We stayed in a hotel very near to the site of the festival. The hotel was situated in an old royal hunting lodge. On our way home one night, something ran across the road in front of the van. We both thought it was a cat initially, but there was something about the effortless sinewy grace with which the animal moved that invited further inspection; the brush became visible; it was an urban Fox. Sometimes nature finds a way.
Lastly, before signing off, I must thank our patron Linda Wain for inviting us to Patchings Art Festival.
I will leave you with a selection of photos taken during the week
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