It is official, summer will definitely be happening eventually because the Port Eliot Festival line-up is starting to take shape.
Fortuitously the KnitAngel and the Weatherman came over for lunch yesterday, and having sent the chaps out to the kitchen to sort the lunch and discuss last year's Port Eliot festival two-man tea-making record , the Knitangel and I had an inspirational team talk about plans for the apparel in the dovegreyreader tent at Port Eliot Festival 2012 and possible knitsuke for this year.
I have a welcome two month break from the day job planned for this summer through July and August, so am very much looking forward to enjoying the planning as much as the festival itself , and then a week later surrendering to my inner Olympian for London 2012.
I'm not sure who we will be welcoming to the canvas salon yet, but the first wave 2012 line-up is announced and there are some great names on the Festival bill already... Matthew Hollis, Robert Macfarlane, Tracy Chevalier, William Fiennes, Susie Parr, Kate Summerscale., Jackie Kay and Ali Smith.
And just look who will be performing in the Flower Show tent where we not only have to uphold the dovegreyreader flower show entry tradition but... well just LOOK...
Curated by acclaimed Ballet Rambert production designer Michael Howells in the beautiful Orangery garden, the Port Eliot Flower Show gives a nod to the traditional village show, while staking out its own territory with a whole series of distinctive classes, as well as music, performances, gardening discussions and a chance for festivalgoers to scoop the Best-in-Show title. This year’s line-up will include poet and artist Sean Borodale; Anna Pavord, author of The Tulip and The Curious Gardener; organic gardener Val Bourne; new media pioneer and investigator of plants, Jonathan Drori; singer and actress Issy Van Randwyck; and 70-piece choir, Vocal Harem.
I've been sitting on that all winter because as you can imagine sorting out the logistics with seventy women who might be going on holiday takes some doing, but it is now all confirmed. For the first time ever Vocal Harem won't go into mothballs after our May Gala Concert until the autumn...no, this year we will continue rehearsing through the summer to be ready for our performance at 2pm on Saturday July 21st on the Port Eliot Festival Flower Show stage.