It has been a busy summer!
I had a big birthday this year and decided to go to my very first festival – Glastonbury! Back in the cold dark winter, on a beach in January, my swimming friend Sue encouraged me to join her and some some chums who work at the festival every year as recycling volunteers. I was apprehensive to say the least – didn’t fancy the dreadful toilets, the epic mud, the hordes of people. None of my fears materialised – but it was amazing, challenging, hard work, friendly, welcoming, hot, dusty, exhausting, character building and joyful – but yes the long-drop toilets were dreadful (don’t look down, don’t touch anything, don’t breathe). The site is HUGE – use this map to overlay the festival on to your home area and it gives you some idea of how far you have to walk! Uphill! I worked four shifts in the recycling barns – imagine rubbish from millions of sacks collected from the whole festival site travelling down conveyor belts in front of you – so I was provided with hot showers, food and unlimited tea and coffee. The best thing about the whole festival was the friendliness of the people. I was out on my own most nights until about 1 or 2 am, never felt intimidated and talked to anyone and everyone. It took me at least a week to recover some sleep!
Apart from the Glastonbury interlude, Paul and I have been doing the usual round of swimming and surfing – not so much surfing this year, but a bit of bellyboarding and lots of swimming. Paul has been teaching a mixed summer class on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at our local Community Centre and worked on a large commission. We went to a fabulously colourful wedding. Neither of us has been particularly healthy this summer for various reasons and have been trying to be kind to ourselves, whilst still earning enough! I have had to rein in my swimming because of a neck problem and we have been a bit less active than we would like. A bit depressing at times – but family events have made up for this as our daughter moved back to Plymouth after many years away and so we have the whole family around us.