Good Morning to you all in Lake Worth……. I can just imagine the excitement that is all around this week as the 4th of July approaches……..it will be such a fabulous event and one in which I know the whole community joins in with gusto! Oh how I would live to be there for that, I shall have to content myself with catching with friends on Skype and photos.
It has been an extremely busy time here but now I think I am getting back into the way of life and routine of living here in England. I like to have somethings that I know are happening like work days and meetings because that gives me some structure, then I wait and see what happens for the rest of the time which is generally exciting and fun.
There has been much going in this Summer…..the World Cup is still going on (yawn) and you are still in the race, well done! We had a spectacular fall from grace and our team returned home shamefaced! It is popular with a lot of the men here but it dominates everything which means that it is constantly on television and not content with matches finishing and programmes carrying on, there is always a big debate over the match and reruns of goals or players behaviour……….you can tell I am not a true football fan and will be delighted when the five weeks is up and all returns to normal!!!!Locally we had The Leigh Folk Festival which takes place very year. Leigh on sea is a small fishing town about ten miles up the coast from here and it is wonderfully quaint. The programme was jam-packed with venues dotted around the area and acts taking place in all of them from Friday afternoon until yesterday evening. The weather did not let us down except for one small downpour, but who cares when you are having fun! All the venues were well attended and the beer was flowing! Everyone had a good time, the great thing about the festival us that there is something for everyone, that goe from the music to the food and surroundings………very successful!
Then of course, it has been Glastonbury…a festival held in Somerset since 1914 when it started with a classical theme as a Summer school. today it is held on Worthy Farm owned by Michael Eavis, who has organised the festival since the early 80’s. The original farm has been extended to accommodate the 175,000 people who attended this year. It is an amazing operation with several stages around the area, all with hugely popular acts ranging from music to dance to comedy to classics……something for everyone and everyone is welcome. The acts who perform are the best and even Dolly Parton headlined yesterday afternoon and what a performance she gave, amazing! People travel from all over to attend this event and bring anything from one man tents to huge family sized tents. Those who can afford it go Glamping (glamourous camping) and book a ready-made tent fitted with luxurious items and protected from the mud and the damp (of which there is a lot every year). I am including a photo which shows the area before the concert and after the concert….see for yourselves! The amount of rubbish generated is immense and this mornings news showed the clear up operation, very organised, very slick……it will all be back to normal by tomorrow! I like the idea of these traditions that keep going and get better and better each year.
The Nore Boat Race took place here and is another tradition which has been going since way back and again attracts people from all over. It starts at the end of our pier, which incidentally is the longest leisure pier in the world, claim to fame for us!!!! It is such a wonderfully colourful display with the sails billowing and the variety of shapes and sizes. I found a news clip of the race from back in 1968, black and white of course and very basic, but very interesting to see how things change particularly in this age of Health and Safety, which sometimes goes over the top.
Pride London was on this weekend as it was in US, and was such a great spectacle of colour and noise. I like the theme this year ‘Freedom to…..’, and of course it is message across are so vital, sometimes with huge changes being made through the powerful messages coming across.
Since coming home we have been hard at work in our garden which is now nearly back to it’s usual colourful and relaxing self. It is hard work, digging and pulling weeds that seem to spring up everywhere, they are tenacious and pop through paving stones and from under rocks and resist weed killer that is supposed to kill off everything! I love to sit in the garden at every opportunity, we live in a peaceful area which is very quiet and a real have for relaxation. Much as I hate to say it, we do need the rain though as the grass is yellowing and the earth is hard….we shall see what the week ahead brings in terms of the weather.
The wonderful young artist who made the changes to the sculpture ‘The return’ outside Victoria Station in Southend has come clean and admitted she is the culprit. What a refreshing story this is, one of creativity and fun. The changes will be left for a while just because it looks so good but unlike the sculpture itself the additions are only made of plaster and board so will not last! Let’s see some more sneaky, innovative changes around town! Makes a great change to pointless graffiti which, done badly and consisting of tags, looks tacky and can often be offensive. Luckily for us, the council is very quick to get rid of it!
And so, another week starts and who knows what will be around the corner. I shall be doing lots of baking as we have The Shoebury Fair on Saturday and I am on the cake stall….another great event! Have a wonderful week, make sure your raft entries are seaworthy and your costumes are colourful and amazing…..enjoy!
Chris Gostling reports from England and is our Monday guest blogger. Tomorrow a report on the Captains mtg that took place at South Shores Tavern. Stay tuned. Anyone wants to express themselves with something about Lake Worth and or the arts, This might just be your venue. Guest Bloggers always welcome.