Friday, 20 July 2012

Mud glorious mud!

Sorry for the lack of recent posts but I am on holiday! More on that to come!

Last weekend Cari and I spent the day at Guilfest. It is a big musical festival in Guildford and this year we were particularly excited to see Olly Murs, Cher Lloyd and Tim Minchin.

We arrived by train, with the torrential rain stopping just as we arrived. We went to Stoke Park, where the festival is held and the closer we got to the main entrance, the deeper the mud got. It was like soup, watery and sloshy and pretty soon we were covered. We got in quickly and had a look around before stopping at one of the many (and I mean many) food stands to get lunch. We ended up choosing some Thai noodles (vegi for me and chicken for C) but it took a while to choose as there was everything from Indian to Foot Long Hot Dogs to Roast served in a giant Yorkshire pud! Then followed cake in the vintage tent, fun making superhero capes in the Kids' Zone, checking out the disabled platforms at the Main Stage and the Good Time Guide Stage (nice and spacious with a great view!), ice creams and massages at the Eden People tent.

We arrived at the platform in plenty of time to see Cher Lloyd but due to people getting bogged down in the mud the disabled platform was completely full! We waited until some people came off and then gradually worked our way forward on the platform as people left. Eventually we had a good view! Cher was good, very entertaining and lots of fun.

We went and saw Caroline's friends at the St John's Ambulance Station, had a yummy dinner of organic salads and ice cream and then went and saw Tim Minchin. He was absolutely hilarious as always! We expected to see Tulisa on the main stage but apparently she was ill. Finally it was time for the one we'd all been waiting for...Olly Murs! We huddled in the rain, dancing along and screaming at the top of our voices.

We got home around 1.00am and I spent the next 45 minutes or so cleaning the caked mud off of the wheelchair. In the end I resorted to using the hose with the chair on our front porch. After all that it still wasn't anywhere near clean but was a right sight better than it had been!

It was an amazing afternoon/evening and I can't wait for next year!

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