We are going to be keeping ad hoc live blogging hours for the foreseeable future and, as we await the arrival of Team dovegrey, here are a few pictures of what the house looks like before Port Eliot Festival, and the daft thing is I had tided it all up because we have visitors. The fact that the Kayaker arrived home yesterday too, and wheeled a bike and half his belongings into the midst of it all is neither here nor there because I am thrilled that he will be coming to Port Eliot and doing photos for us. Offspringette will be there on Saturday and Sunday too, so almost a full family house...the Gamekeeper too busy getting ready for his pheasants to arrive to take time out, but funnily enough the pheasants are reared over at Port Eliot so we'll wave to them.
Fran arrived last night and is, as I write, probably downing the biggest farm breakfast known to mankind over at our friend Rosie's lovely B&B before heading over here for a morning of final preparations. Then after lunch we will load the van, cross the Tamar and head over yonder into Cornwall and make a start on decking out the tent. We to and fro from home over the weekend because you know me and camping...
The kitchen table is currently Flower Show planning area (This Sceptered Isle...foliage class) very embryonic and awaiting the arrival of the creative minds and the foliage (mustn't forget the foliage) Fran and I went for a long walk yesterday evening and have our sources ready...
Along with Fran, the Knit Angel and the Weatherman will be here any minute with their niece, the very lovely Becky, who is a knitwear designer and currently all we need to know is can she knit a crown out of wheat.
Bookhound is in charge of food and already paying homage to the Aga..
and we have a box of provisions...
A stack of old quilts ready to hang and drape and cover chairs in the tent...
The knitsuke and the quiltsuke for our guests are all finished and packed and we will show you these as we go along. The Knit Angel and I have had great fun making them, I've done the hand quilted ones which have been both Wimbledon and kitten assisted, so the odd character-giving wonky stitch is a given..
Books are sorted and bagged ready for each day's authors, I knew those bags from the British Library would come in handy ...
Joining Team dovegrey over the weekend and event-reporting will be Carol, who comments here and loved the festival and the tent so much last year, and also with us now and then, Mr and Mrs M. Many of you may know Alice C who blogs here... Alice will be tweeting like crazy for us. The Happy Campers (bless them) will be popping up everywhere and were already counting the sleeps and feverishly excited days ago.
'No Dad, this is me remember... on the frame, one line done and haven't picked it up again...'
'Hmm...be lovely to have it for the sofa at Port Eliot...'
So I took it round to him on June 14th (approx) and the phone call to say it was finished came on July 7th.
I did make it into a cushion though, so I have at least done something towards it.
Right, I must away to the fray, more blog posts as and when and keep an eye on the Twitter feed over here >>> because Team dovegrey will be putting instant pics on there all through the festival. You can follow us on Twitter too if you want, or just click through from the side bar and it should take you there.
If anyone reading this will be at the festival and wants to 'help' with the dovegreyreader Flower Show entry you will be most welcome. You will find Fran, up to her neck in foliage, co-ordinating the installation in the Flower Show tent from mid-morning tomorrow (Friday)