Across the land I imagine people packing up cars and vans ready for the trek west this week, so how lucky are we to have just a thirtyish minute drive up and over Kit Hill (that's it in the distance) into Cornwall and along the narrow twisty lanes to Port Eliot.
We've made a start to this whole business of bringing dovegreyreader scribbles to life...piling up the bags of quilts and other bits and pieces that will soon adorn the tent, finding deckchairs, wellies, the cool box, vases, insect repellent, Factor 30...you name it, never knowingly under-prepared is us (and if we've forgotten it Fran and the Knit Angel won't have done) and not forgetting Rocky of course...
It seems like weeks since this planning meeting with Cathy St Germans...
and this has been my very pleasurable homework ever since. Six weeks of getting to know some fascinating people on paper who I can't wait to meet and talk to and about for real. I feel ready to take a very nice relaxing exam...
My entire brain meanwhile is located in this notebook (Stanley Spencer my choice for the cover pic this year. Helter Skelter painted in 1937 and in the collections at Sheffield Museum) should I lose it...well I would have to wing it, and we do a lot of that anyway because this is conversation, not interrogation, but some notes do help.
Team dovegrey will be gathering on Thursday and Friday and as always I am so grateful to them for their hard work and help. If you could know what I have asked the Knit Angel to conjure up in the last few weeks...well just wait until you see this year's Knitsuke gifts for the guests.
More soon but meanwhile here's the schedule for the weekend again...
Friday July 25th
2pm Brian Selznick
4pm Helen Rappaport
Saturday July 26th
10.30am Louise Carpenter
12md Hannah Rothschild
2pm Benjamin Ranyard (Mr Higgledy)
4pm Rachel Cooke
Sunday July 27th
11am Richard Benson
1pm Martin Parr
3pm Peter Beacham