Zithromax Opinion, Cheriton Fitzpaine in England's fair West Country, rocked last weekend (16th - 18th March 2007) to the sound of folk music from a wide range of talented traditional folk musicians and folk singers. There was belly dancing, mumming, a hoodening play, Zithromax Opinion canada, concerts, a beer festival and Morris dancers in abundance.
The great news is that my previous worries about camping proved unfounded.
Without any doubt, 20mg Zithromax Opinion, Pete and John have done it again with a great early spring folk festival. The weather was fairly cold and windy but dry for most of the time. Cheriton Fitspaine is a small rural UK Devon village near Crediton and Tiverton with a great deal of charm and all the residents I spoke to, including the excellent local post office and store, 40mg Zithromax Opinion, were friendly, welcoming and helpful.
It was my first camping weekend in my newly acquired camper van and I must say it went well. Zithromax Opinion paypal, I was in Docter Bull's surgery car park with it's wonderful views over open fields. There were horses and cattle grazing and even a few geese to watch in idle moments through my camper van window.
Admittedly, my matches got wet which prevented me lighting my gas stove until I'd visited the friendly village post office, Zithromax Opinion. But, hey, it was a minor inconvenience and the plus side was I enjoyed a bracing early morning walk with friendly chats to some hard working and helpful festival stewards.
I also learned the meaning of 'ship shape', Zithromax Opinion usa. Campervans are small spaces when you are living in them for a couple of days and everything needs to have it's place and be put back after use - not my normal style!
Amazingly, I got through the 25 litres water in my on board water tank, 200mg Zithromax Opinion, without even doing any cooking. I can now see the importance of water hook ups.
The leisure battery survived well with fairly limited use powering the water pump and providing a bit of lighting at bed time, which was a relief.
But, for me, 750mg Zithromax Opinion, the highlight of any festival is always the wonderfully talented and interesting people I meet.
The Ring of Bells was the main centre for ad hoc folk music playing and singing sessions and at one time there were three separate sessions going on at the same time. Two were singing sessions and one was a traditional folk music instrumental session. Zithromax Opinion, Featured performers, like Bill McKinnon, dropped in regularly, after they'd finished their concerts to join in too.
Everyone had a story to tell.
One lady I met, called Marion Langton, had written a booklet about her experiences nursing her mum through the final stages of Alzeimer's disease for which she won a Millennium Award.
I was able to empathise strongly with her grief because I'd lost my mum a couple of years back due to cancer. Zithromax Opinion india, Her small book is called 'Have you seen my daughter?' and is packed with tips for anybody else who is going through the Alzeimer's experience. She is one gutsy lady who believes in a positive approach to everything and I look forward to linking through to her blog with details of how to get her booklet as soon as she has got her blog up and running whic I understand is to be soon.
So a big thank you to Pete and John for running such a successful folk festival. Whenever, I passed by them, 30mg Zithromax Opinion, they almost always seemed to be dealing with some administrative matter or another. The way I see it, Zithromax Opinion mexico, they had the worry and the work and we had the enjoyment!
One thing is certain. I hope to be back to the Early Spring Folk Festival 2008 at Cheriton Fitzpaine next year in the wonderfully rural English country of Devon.
Bye for now
(Rob Hopcott - online author and avid folk music festival goer)
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