Category Archives: festival

Breakfast, Shanty Festival and Bunting

It’s Father’s Day here in the UK and so breakfast was the lovely Mr S’s favourite, French Toast with Summer Fruits, Creme Fraiche and Maple Syrup.


It’s been the Falmouth Shanty Festival this weekend and my choir was singing.  There are shanty singers around every corner and in every venue throughout the weekend. It is enormous fun.

My choir, The Suitcase Singers, at the Shanty Festival

We went to watch The Jolly Strumpets in which a friend sings and then Femmes de la Mer, run by my choir leader and with many of my friends singing. They are brilliant.

The Jolly Strumpets

Femmes de la Mer at the Shanty Festival

Bunting in the streets


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Femmes de la Mer, Stone and Fireplace

This weekend sees the fabulous Sea Shanty Festival in Falmouth and we went over this afternoon especially to see Femmes de la Mer who are a bunch of wonderful women with whom I sing on Thursday mornings. Their singing was  just fabulous with lovely harmonies and drew the biggest crowd we saw all afternoon.

Femmes de la Mer singing sea shanties

Femmes de la Mer singing Sea Shanties

Here is a snippet of them singing before my battery died and I moved to my other camera.


After watching and listening to them we called in at a delightful little cafe, Ragamuffin, for coffee and the most scrumptious cakes. They made us very welcome and accommodated the pushchair with great courtesy.  The table markers were charming and ……

Table markers at Ragamuffin

Table markers at Ragamuffin

3   ….. the fireplace  just lovely.

Fireplace at Ragamuffin

Fireplace at Ragamuffin



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Tunes in the Dunes and People Watching

At home yesterday we had glorious sunshine. As we approached Perranporth late afternoon for the music festival, we could see the mists above the sea and our walk across to Tunes in the Dunes was an eerie affair with the lovely sounds of Ruarri Joseph coming through the gloom. Have a listen to his  music and enjoy the fabulous sand art being created in this YouTube video. There was no sand art for us!

I enjoy the music at such events but have to say that the people watching is what makes my day with the music as a very enjoyable soundtrack. Click on any photo in the gallery. Status Quo were great fun and the Double Bass made in Camborne, our neighbouring town, quite magnificent! The tide was coming in throughout the evening and the surfers were out there enjoying the waves and, I hope, the music!


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Weekly Photo Challenge – On the Move – At Womad

Womad 2013, my first Festival and what a fabulous time we had!   Here, people on the move –  walking, strolling, running, dancing, chasing bubbles, chasing each other – in the sunshine and in the rain – and all having the happiest of times. Click on any photo for detail.


For others in this Challenge, click here.


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November 30th – A Non-Stop Day

We were home too late last night to post this so here is a photo gallery of our day starting with a walk in the afternoon on the cliffs at Chapelporth with our eldest daughter who has been with us for a lovely few days, moving on to The Redruth Christmas Parade where my choir was singing Christmas carols for the families waiting to see Father Christmas and on to dinner with friends prior to dancing the night away to the music of The Three Daft Monkeys at their album, Of Stones and Bones, launch party. I left out the morning getting on with the decorating!  A beautiful day from start to finish!                           Click on any photo for detail and the caption.


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Hibiscus, Festa Major and Clock Tower

1. This beautiful Hibiscus and the resulting Okra are growing on the balcony in Granollers near Barcelona where we are visiting for a week with our son and daughter-in-law.

2. Yesterday evening we strolled about the town in the midst of the crowds enjoying the last day of the Festa Major. The streets were full of happy families enjoying the music and dancing, the puppets and the fireworks and the shopping.





3. I love the delicacy of this clock tower in the centre of the town.



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WOMAD – In Pictures – People, Flags, Feet and Fun!

As I said yesterday, I have long wanted to go to a festival. My kids all said,”Start with Womad! It’s small, very friendly, safe and you’ll love the world music, world food and world crafts!”  And of course I did. I also loved the people watching and the photo opportunities. Click on any photo for more detail.

People watching:

Stalls, flags, fun:

Feet and footwear:

and on the last night – a sunset and the final act, Gilberto Gil from Brazil – absolutely brilliant!

Sunset over WOMAD

Sunset over WOMAD

Gilberto Gil on stage

Gilberto Gil on stage


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I was a Festival Virgin……..

…….but no more! I have spent the last few days at WOMAD in Wiltshire and found my spiritual home! To begin the days with singing in harmony, to end the days with dancing, in the rain or in the evening sunshine, to fill the hours in between with music from all over the world, with food from all over the world, to be with some of the people one loves the most and surrounded by happy, like-minded strangers – well, what more could one ask for?  Honestly? Only to have the rest of the family there too!

Why have I not been to music festivals before? I can’t really answer that question. I have always wanted to and now, at last, I have and I have loved every single minute of the four days.  I’m already looking to book for next year!

Let me take you on a visual journey through the Festival. I’m just sorry I can’t bring you the music. Here are a few photos from our first impressions on Thursday evening – colour, inventiveness, children, happiness, parched grass, music……

More tomorrow.


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