...the installation is complete, we are entered and await judging tomorrow morning.
I've spent all day scouring gardens and hedgerows with my secateurs and in the end we had a pantechnicon-sized quantity of flora not unlike the Eden Project in scale. Add in three imaginations running wild and Bookhound, Offspringette and I have converted lots of your ideas into our Port Eliot Festival entries and I can't begin to tell you how much fun it has been cooking up this storm.
Talking of cooks we bumped into Hugh Fernley Eatitall Whitingstall as we walked in.
Our only mistake was to grab a quick siesta this afternoon ready for a leisurely set up this evening, quite forgetting that the holiday/ festival traffic would be terrible, and it was, but God was on our side again ... thanks RevCheryl, I'm sure you interceded. As we pulled up outside the winding queue at the pedestrian entrance, where we could unload our four buckets of floribundence, props, boxes of things that might be useful, lace curtains, a rhubarb forcer, a gravestone etc there was an us-sized parking space.
We sent Bookhound off to do the arrangement of weeds and I think we must all commend his floral artistry and thanks to Fran for the Hopkins' quote from Inversnaid, perfect. The elephant is a little local addition, being the emblem of the Eliot family.
and Offspringette and I set to on Great Expectations
So a few pics for you and brace for a weekend of madness ahead.
Offspringette has guest-blog access so between us we will bring you Port Eliot Festival live as it happens and I expect her friends will stop by here too, so apologies if it gets a bit noisy.
Hopefully I'll grab a few people to come and say a few words too, but meanwhile enjoy your flower show entries, remembering that this is Port Eliot where less might be more but in this case more is never enough... is this a first, an international blog entry?
Oh ever so very well done team dovegrey.
and a close-up of that sunflower...
and the triplets
and the mice eating the cake...