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A Ghostly Galleon on Ullswater and The Penrith Winter Droving.

It’s that spoooooky time of year when ghosties and goblins come out to play. I joined in with some Halloween fun at the weekend. Ullswater Steamers put on a Ghostly Galleon and myself , Wil, our friend Jo and God daughter Lydia enjoyed a cruise on the lake with a marvelous magic show and dressing up masks . Definitely aimed at children , but we adults had fun too. šŸŽƒšŸ¦‡


After our spooky boat trip we spent an hour or so at the Rheghed centre near Penrith, where Lydia found a Halloween treasure hunt and an outdoor adventure playground, before heading into town for the annual Winter Drovers Festival.

The Penrith Winter Droving started eight years ago and is a celebration of all things rural. There’s a Drovers Cup with team events such as Hay Bale Racing, Egg Throwing, Tug O War and Sausage eating. Throughout the day various musicians and street performers entertain  the crowds and a huge Cumbrian Food Market fills the streets. As dusk descends a fantastic torch lit procesion takes place around the town. The animal lanterns look so effective , all lit up against the darkening sky. Later back at the caravan, out came the monopoly. It had been a long but enjoyable day. šŸ™‚

Clitheroe Food Festival.

Smoked kippers.
Smoked kippers.

I had every intention of taking lots of photos at this yearsĀ Clitheroe Food Festival, but once I found myself at theĀ Dove Cider TentĀ , I forgot all about being a good blogger. Ā Before we got there however I had sampled gorgeous chilli chutney fromĀ ChilliMoon ,a yummy Hog roast roll, 3 delicious puds atĀ PuddingFestĀ and a ‘Bloom & Blossom’ cocktail at theĀ Crafty VintageĀ fair. This Festival is fast becoming a well loved Ā Clitheroe tradition. šŸ™‚

Chilli Chutneys.
Chilli Chutneys.
Oils & Vinegars.
Oils & Vinegars.
Thwaites Brewery.
Thwaites Brewery.
Puddings.
Puddings.
Paella.
Paella.
Cocktail bar.
Cocktail bar.
Cocktails.
Cocktails.
Crafty Vintage Cantina.
Crafty Vintage Cantina.

I think my favorite part of the Festival was the Crafty Vintage Cantina with its fabulous cocktail bar. šŸ˜‰ Hope you are having a fun weekend!

Festival Fun.

I must admit I have not bought an album in years and don’t ask me to download anything~ I wouldn’t have a clue. However that is not to say I don’t like music. Wil and I have been to a few gigs including the Red Hot Chillies ( love them ), Stereophonics ( love them…but still managed to fall asleep in the M E N, not like they wern’t loud or anything! ), BlondieĀ  ( Debbie Harry rocks ) and Morrisey ( the floor was bouncing).

Wil has never been to a MusicĀ  festival.Funny that as he enjoys music and he likes camping. But not the two together it would seem!

Eleven years ago I decided I had to go to a music festival before I was thirty. So I managed to experience three in the space of twelve months.:-D

T In The Park.

My first ever festival was in the summer of 2002. Five of us headed up to Scotland, turned back when we realised someone had forgottenĀ  their tickets ( not me amazingly!) and then set off up to Kinross again. It turned out a fun few days with lots of sunshine and some darn good sounds. Oasis were the headliners but not the highlights for me. My best band memory were by far No Doubt. Gwen Stefani belting out I’m Just A Girl as she climbed up the scaffolding on the stage in a tartan kilt. Awesome! And do you remember the Manchester band The Doves? Their anthem Pounding blew me away. I also remember wearing a hat was a god send during the Oasis gig. Apparently people who were throwing beer…… wereĀ  ahem ,not actually throwing beer. Lovely!Ā  The wknd finished with us all experiencing a ceili ( some of us for the first time) which was fun.:-)

Glastonbury

In June 2003 a few of us tried to get hold of tickets for the music festival everyone wants to go to. Glastonbury.Ā  The only person who was successful in our group of friends was Fi…..but she only managed to get two tickets. Happily it was me she asked to accompany her. Hurrah!Ā  Our camping mistake was to pitch our little pink tent right next to the dance tent. We did wonder why no one else had set up camp there…….until Fat Boy Slim did his set.lol. Anyway Glastonbury was ace.Ā  My fave band memories were of Feeder and The Flaming Lips. The Flaming Lips especially. Life size animal balloons anyone? Or were the flying pigs something to do with that fudge I sampled which made my feet so heavy I couldn’t pick them up off the floor. I had to rest under a tree whist Fi kept an eye on the ‘I’m a Hippy Get Me Out If Here’ camper van which was full of stoned hippies. Glastonbury was very much about peace and love as well as the music….

Leeds Festival

My final festival was in August 2003. Leeds Festival was where I got all my clothes stollen ( apart from the pjs I was wearing ) and the tent I borrowed had twenty poles missing. Things turned out ok though. My friend Jo let me share her tent and the festival wardens retrieved a van full of stollen apparel. I got my clothes back plus a few extras!Ā  I don’t know who that Metallica t-shirt belonged to but it was in my bag.
My fave band memories were Placebo ( My personal highlight), Electric Six( Danger Danger High Voltage) and The Polyphonic Spree ( think they actually recruited a new member from the audience~not sure if they were a band…or a cult).
The last evening at Leeds was quite hair raising. I remember we were to scared to go the loo in the night (those festival loos did hum a bit), as people were burning their tents and dancing round camp fires naked. All a bit Lord Of The Flies!

So there you have it.My Music Festival Memories. šŸ˜‰
Not sure that reading this will help my cause with persueding the other half to go to one with me…….

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