Monday, 14 June 2010

What a Whirlwind Weekend!!!

Wow!!!! Another fantastically successful Music Festival is over for another year. My feet have hardly touched the ground all weekend!! Once again the weather was kind to us (except for some heavy showers Sunday afternoon that disrupted the Open Mic sessions). My DD and her boyfriend spent the weekend with us and my DS didn't have to work so we all spent some lovely time together.
On Friday we spent the evening listening to a rather good cover band at The Crown pub although we did have to go outside in order to speak to eachother (but that was OK because we could still hear the music).
On Saturday morning DD and I went for a long walk (6 or 7 miles) in the countryside (does anyone know what those cobwebby patches are in the hedges at the moment that seem to be killing the hedge?). After lunch DS joined us and we went up the castle to see an amateur group performing a Dragon story of how the red and white dragons fought each other before joining forces.
It was quite a spectacular from the costume perspective but the story part was bit sparce.
I don't suppose the children noticed with all the action going on and we don't really need an excuse to sit on the grass amongst the ancient ruins with fantastic views on a lovely sunny day!!

We had tickets in the evening for the performance of rock stars Geoff Downes and Friends. It was a fabulous, high-energy show that got us all up dancing and singing along. This was a particularly late night!!

Sunday morning I went to the Community Service in the school grounds where we (The Saturday Singers) sang 'Ride on Jesus, Ride' and 'As I Went Down to the River to Pray'. We went an hour early, to practice in the open air and get the sound right, and it went quite well with some favourable comments received afterwards! (sorry no photos of this)

Then was just time time rush home and pack up a picnic to take up to the Castle (again) to sit in the Fountain Court and listed to the Ebbw Vale Male Voice Choir and a young lad singing some wonderful solos. He was only 17 but had a lovely, rich, mature voice for his age. (The boots at the bottom left belong to my DS. He took the photo for me as he was sitting stretched out on the castle wall with a better postion for photo taking than me!).

That evening, after a flying visit to the rain-interrupted open mic session we got changed into our 60s/70s gear for The Beetles tribute band gig at the Hotel. Not quite a Yellow Submarine behind us but somewhat appropriate! Someone said the theme next year will be The Wombles but they were joking (at least, I hope they were!!).

And here they are in action! They weren't as good as the Abba Tribute last year but we had a fun night nevertheless with more dancing and singing along.
Next week is the 50th birthday party of the chap on the far right above so we'll be getting together again sooner rather than later.
I'll be tidying up the house tonight after work (we spent the weekend rushing home and changing, throwing clothes off and on and eating on the run). DD should have left by then and taken her belongings so I should have half a chance! Then I think an early night is in order!
Bye for now
Teresa x


Lis said...

Wow, what a weekend. I think those cobwebby things are spider nurseries, watch out for a hatching frenzy of cute baby spiders if I'm right.

Little Green Doll said...

It seems you really had a great weekend! I would have also liked the dragon story!

wayside wanderer said...

What a great weekend! I love the dragon costumes...and the fact that there is a castle close by. The closest thing to a castle where entertainment happens to my house would be Southfork. It is the house/land where a popular 80's tv show was filmed called Dallas. They have a big music festival for July 4th.

Anonymous said...

Those costumes are fanastic! Sounds like you had a great weekend :)