Hello again. Yes, I know...in these days of instant communication, this must be one of the latest Greenbelt Festival write-ups ever. And it gets better! I'll be posting in instalments, so with luck you may be fully in the picture by Christmas.
On the other hand, I may have forgotten exactly what happened by then. Enjoy
A- Arrival. Just don't ask! Arrival this year was particularly gruelling given the long long walk from reception to car park and on to the campsite. On a lighter note - as a volunteer, you arrive during build week several days earlier than general public (I refuse to call them 'punters!) It's one of my favourite times, watching the festival take shape around me. Depending on how early you are, the infrastructure - water, signage, pathways, food stalls may not yet be in place, which holds its own challenges. Of course there are perks; for nearly two glorious days I shared our section's block of portaloos with just two other people and there's nothing in the world more glorious than falling asleep to a chorus of sheep baa-ing, cows mooing and owls hooting.
B - Boughton House in Northamptonshire, one of the Bucculeuch estates, Greenbelt Festival's new home.
Backache - Enough said. See C for codeine.
Big Sing - With the Wild Goose Resource Group. Always a highlight and a delight.
Bunting -My collection grows every year. I love prettifying my tent with chintzy florals and fairy lights, even thought my new tent this year was more of the Goth persuasion.
C - Communion. I'm never quite sure what to expect from this one. Sunday's mass, open-air worship is like Marmite, you either love it or you hate it. Hats off to the organisers though - what a project to have to pull off year after year. Read one Mystery Worshipper's take on this year's service. No, as you ask, it's not Greenpatches in disguise.
Cumbrian Sausages. My favourite food stall and offers best value for money for your volunteer vouchers. It also provides endless innocent amusement and an ideal photo op. One youngster posing next to their 'Giant Sausage,' billboard said that he'd found a photo of his father taken next to the self-same notice many years previously!
|Greenbelt 2014 - all set up in Early Curfew|
[What on earth's happened to the formatting? Gremlins, I tell you!]