Life at the end of the road

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


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 however this took me past the ‘Lot 49’ Bass camp dance tent where 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.



This magnificent, willow statue made by Trevor Leat and Alex Rigg of 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 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 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 😦


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


  1. Brilliant as always,
    would have loved a foto of the full trolley!
    Best Wishes from Tasmania
    The very first sign of Spring is in the air here, bulbs forcing the tips of their leaves through the surface, the odd Aussie Mimosa “Wattle” (Acacia) starting to blossom, early lambs in the fields.
    Nevertheless we are still having frequent hard frosts.
    I guess the Autumn isnt too far away for you folks. Tis about time you sent the summer south!

    Congratulations once again on an execellent website.

    Comment by Donald Cameron — July 29, 2009 @ 9:18 am

    • Hi Donald in Tasmania,

      glad your winter is behind you, our long dry summer seems to have abruptly ended and we now have water everywhere, including the kitchen floor 😦

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — July 30, 2009 @ 9:58 pm

  2. Nice to see you back Paul. Glad you had a good time – our postman did too.
    Any more pics to show us?
    Next time it will be a bottle of nail polish remover not the other stuff.

    Comment by Rienza — July 29, 2009 @ 6:10 pm

    • Hi Rienza, methinks that the pepsi we were drinking with the rum might remove nail varnish. I did offer to soak wifey’s feet in it to see but she declined 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — July 30, 2009 @ 9:55 pm

  3. Hope you arent eating the Doner Kebab flavour Pot Noodle, absolutely evil stuff.

    Comment by Simon — July 30, 2009 @ 8:41 pm

    • Never saw that flavour Simon, though we tried just about every other and to be honest they were all pretty disgusting 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — July 30, 2009 @ 9:53 pm

  4. Great post – one day I’ll return to Wickerman – meanwhile friends of ours recommend Knockengoroch (smaller and folky) and Solfest (bigger but maintaining the friendly and family vibe). I prefer Solfest – not too far if you’re feeling adventurous!

    Comment by Simon — August 3, 2009 @ 8:07 am

    • Hi Simon,

      I’m working for both Knock and Solfest which Is a shame cos I’d really like to see ‘The Orb’ who are headlining the dance tent. To be honest though we’ll be all ‘festied out’ this year as we’re off to this weekend then in September, which is quite enough for an old codger like me 🙂

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 3, 2009 @ 5:56 pm

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