The bunting was missing from the DGR tent.
The perpetrators had untied one end and, unable to untie the rather better knot at the other end, had simply broken the twine, leaving just a remnant dangling. Determined not to let this get us down, we took it to the Plymouth College of Art stand, where there was a lifesize mesh elephant waiting to be covered with fabric, and donated it to his tail.
A full day of events in the DGR tent followed, starting with Louise Carpenter, author of An Unlikely Countess, whose husband, poet Tom Payne, did a bit of knitting whilst he waited for the event to start...
Then Hannah Rothschild, who was welcomed by Cathy St Germans. Hannah was talking about her book The Baroness, about her rebellious aunt Nica, who ran away to America in pursuit of her first love – jazz. We wondered if her fabulous necklace was real gold …
and finally Ben Ranyard (the Higgledy Gardener), who doesn’t like formal gardens – according to the Festival programme, he grows flowers to save the world and impress girls. During his inspiring talk one of the Happy Campers, now bitten by the craft bug as well as horse flies, made some pom poms.
“I will pay you one pound (£1.00) for your story” read the poster. Intrigued, we went over to chat to Michelle, telling her our sob story about the stolen bunting (a pound’s a pound, after all!) and getting her story in return...
I Will Pay You One Pound For Your Story is Michelle’s project documenting, sharing and celebrating the ordinary and extraordinary human experience. You can read selected stories at
Then it was off to the Library of Unread Books for a chance to confess which book(s) you have never managed to finish and why, to donate an unread book, and to take someone else’s failure home with you. My favourite said “Of Mice and Men and To Kill A Mockingbird (but I’m not Michael Gove – promise!)”
The final DGR event of the day was Rachel Cooke, author of Her Brilliant Career: Ten Extraordinary Women of the Fifties, and one Happy Camper was very pleased to discover that they agreed on a favourite personality from her book – Sheila Van Damm, the rally driver. Here’s another Sheila from the 1950s – the mum of one of the Happy Campers on her wedding day. (We forgot to take a photo of Rachel – sorry…)
Dinner tonight was cooked by Dick Strawbridge, who was helping in son Glen’s fish restaurant...
That’s a smoke haddock fishcake in a ciabatta roll, with a side order of samphire and cherry tomatoes – the Happy Campers do like their food…..
After that, a trip to the pictures was in order, and what better than that premiere of Martin Parr’s film Turkey and Tinsel and we laughed until we cried.
One Happy Camper had been given a special outdoor waterproof cushion, made with love by her mother-in-law, which had already been left at one venue and successfully reclaimed, only for it to be left behind at the film venue.
In fact, we spent quite a lot of the weekend going back to places we’d just left in order to see if it was still there.