Life at the end of the road

July 30, 2009

I could be a while!

Filed under: boats, daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:29 pm

I had meant to tell you how I was reduced to tears by Candi Staton at the Wickerman,

Candi Staton

Candi Staton

the 66 year old Alabama gospel singer who’s 1976 hit ‘Young hearts run free’ is a disco classic reaching number 2 in the UK singles chart in 1976, number 47 in 1986 and number 29 in 1999.  I’ve seen hundreds of bands and DJs of all genres and to be honest this is not my kind of thing as I prefer my music at around 120bpm but this lady had me in tears, twice!

She's looking at me!

She's looking at me!

I was also going to tell you all about Dreadzone, the Utah saints and the burning of the wickerman.

Burning the Wickerman

Burning the Wickerman

I was going to tell you about our epic drive home via Arran,

Ardrossan laundry!

Ardrossan laundry!

Arisaig and the Mallaig ferry car park.

Ronja Commander and Ronja Pioneer

Ronja Commander and Ronja Pioneer

Well boats at night

Well boats at night

Where we spent an unplanned evening amongst the ferries, fishing, and fish farm boats.

MV Loch Nevis

MV Loch Nevis

I was going to tell you all this and more but I’m now sat waiting for my back boiler to drain into the bath!

Uncoventional bath filling!

Unconventional bath filling!

Why am I sat here filling the bath with a small hose pipe connected to my stove? well it’s quite simple really, the new stainless steel back boiler that I fitted to our Morso Squirrel stove less than 18 months ago has split!

Leaky boiler

Leaky boiler

So if you don’t hear much from me over the next few days it’s because I’m up to my armpits in muck and soot changing the thing during the short period of time between work and bed, which is when I do the blogging carry on!

July 28, 2009

Wicked at the ‘Wickerman’

Filed under: boats, daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:29 pm

Well it’s been a while and I’m afraid tonight’s offering will not be up to much as it’s 2o:10 on the night before ‘banana week’ and I’m already wanting my bed.

After a couple of nice chilled days wandering around Girvan doing and eating things that I normally don’t we called into ASDA, well they don’t have a Lidl and we were on holiday 🙂 After loading up my trolley with enough ‘Morgan’s spiced rum’ to rot an elephants liver and an embarrassing amount of  ‘junk food’,  and  once at the checkout, I complemented the girl there on her hair, assuring  her that we did not always eat ‘Pot noodles’. Well, I was about to apologize when my wife asked her how long it took her to entwine  all those things in her locks, when the girl replied 8 hours! I figured she probably had a Pot noodle or something herself during that period so kept my mouth shut! I nearly took a picture of the trolley with its unhealthy cargo but figured that if  ‘Social Services’ ever got hold of a copy they’d take my son off me 🙂

Not live from ‘Wickerman’

The 60 mile drive from Girvan to Dundrennan was pleasant and not too busy as everyone seemed to be arriving there from either the west or north. We were in the family caravan and camper area which was quiet but almost a 20 min walk to the main stage however this was no great hassel as the weather was  lovely, the crowds where in good spirits  and the rolling Dumfrieshire  hills sweeping down to the sea spectacular.

Solway firth

Solway firth

Nothing like ‘rugged’ beauty of Raasay but beautiful none the less.

Main stage

Main stage

and now it’s 21:30 and I really must go to bed 😦

23 hours on, I’ve slept in my own ‘proper’ bed, had a real bath, sat on a proper toilet and just demolished one of our own free range pork chops 🙂 So even after a hard day on the Loch Striven both my liver and I feel much better 🙂

In inauspicious start

I always judge my festivals on the state of the toilets and the Wickerman toilets got off to a decidedly shaky start.

Toilet 'Trainspotting' style

Toilet 'Trainspotting' style

DO NOT ENLARGE THIS IMAGE IF YOU HAVE A WEAK STOMACH !

Festival portaloo’s usually start off pretty bad without queues but with loo paper and gradually become disgusting, with long queues and no paper. My first visit, which was more out of curiosity than any call of nature left me thanking the Lord that we’d brought our own toilet and paper 🙂 In all fairness if you kept an eye on that bunch of hero’s that drive round in the ‘pooh tanker’ sucking them out then hosing them down and got in there straight after them then they were not too bad.

The music

Once the ‘loo recce’ was out the way we headed for the main stage and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zion_Train however this took me past the ‘Lot 49’ Bass camp dance tent where http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ky8ieREcJ00 Dj Privatus was playing a banging techno set and I got stuck in there for a while! Realising that my legs would not be able to keep this up I soon left and continued on to see Zion train.

Zion train

Zion train

Who,with a combined age of around one hundred could still rock the crowd.

Two young boys meant that we then had to spend a little time on the dodgems, and various fairground rides before heading off to check out the ‘Wickerman’ himself.

Wickerman

Wickerman

This magnificent, willow statue made by Trevor Leat and Alex Rigg of http://www.leatrigg.co.uk/home.html which was the center piece of the festival was due to be burned at midnight on Saturday. Unlike the 1973 film from which the festival gets its name http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wicker_Man_%281973_film%29 though no one will be inside it. Seen from a distance this was impressive, seen close up, it was a masterpiece with each strand of willow following the line of what would have been a sinew of muscle, it really did seem a shame to burn it 😦

The rest of Friday was spent watching another bunch of old timers

UK Subs

UK Subs

the UK Subs http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uk_subs a reformed 1970s punk band who still had a fresh, raw, and very angry sound about them 🙂 We did see others and heard lots but Friday was for the boys so we spent quite a lot of it on the dodgems 😦

Saturday

well, I’m just going to have to tell you about it tomorrow as it’s after 22:00 and I’m whacked!

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