Four weeks and thirty-one blog posts later we are done....I think you all deserve a medal if you are still there.
The quilts are washed and aired and back in their places around the house, the bunting is stuffed in the box folded neatly and put away and finally we reach the end of the reports from Port Eliot 2014...I can almost hear a collective sigh of relief as you all bundle your festival gear in the wash and we resume Normal Service (after maybe a brief interlude)
I'm not sure how many letters of thanks I have written and posted, but it is quite a lot and it all bears repeating here...
To Lord & Lady St Germans for the gig and all that went with it (and that was a lot.. tent, sound system and engineers, chairs, tables, teapot, crockery, tea supplies, sofa, blackboard...and nothing was too much trouble if we had a problem) and here is Cathy St Germans about to receive her Knitsuke (a very special elephant to add to the symbolic Port Eliot herd) and the Quiltsuke..
a hand-quilted block called Doves in the Window, (spot the naughty doves facing the wrong way...ahem) a reminder of the doves that sit on the window ledge next to Cathy's desk..
and with apologies, that is the best shot I have of the elephant but the pattern is this one, but with much Knit Angel embellishment.
Thank you to all the guests in the tent...we couldn't have done it without you.
To Team dovegrey...I couldn't have done it without you and my apologies for a couple of absentees from the photo collage...Barbara you kept hiding I think... and Tim must always have been doing the washing up..
From top left...
Becky, Evie & The Knit Angel (and with extra thanks to Becky & Evie who knitted for England amongst the audience)
Half a Happy Camper (Linda W)
The Knit Angel
Half a Happy Camper ( Angela)
Becky & the Knitters
The Happy Campers & Fran H-B
and Tim on the washing up with assistant Curzon...
...and good practice for that degree in Commercial Photography which he starts in a few weeks time. Yes, after ten years of travelling and working around the world, he's done the whole 'put the passport away (apart from a quick trip to Rio last week)/ interview/ student finance/ find a flat' thing at last.
To Ron and Daniel Johns, (Plymouth, Falmouth & St Ives booksellers,) in the book tent next door who made sure all our guests had plenty of copies of their books to sign and sell.
To the festival itself for going on around us and creating such a vibrant and fun-filled atmosphere and in such idyllic surroundings too. Everyone arrived at each event with a smile on their face...
To Bookhound for...well for doing what Bookhound does so well, and this a rare 'resting' moment...
To the weather...you almost has us roasted there.
And finally to all of you for reading along, and joining in with comments and for being there.
And very finally of all...well I am sad but relieved to have made the decision that after five festivals, (two blogging 'live', three with a tent) this will be my final dovegreyreader tent event at Port Eliot.
The festival and the whole experience has been so much fun, an incredible experience, but it also entails a minimum four months of intense preparation through the summer, with a lot of reading and thinking time prior to that as well. We hope to go along and enjoy it in future as punters, and listen and learn and laugh and jig and dance around and maybe go swimming in that mud...well maybe not that last one. This is a festival that goes from strength to strength year on year, always keen to reinvent itself and try new things whilst never losing sight of that family-friendly foundation on which it is built, and we wish them many good and exciting things for the future.
We've had a ball, thank you Port Eliot.
“A Year in the Making.
Three Days to Consume.
Hard to Forget.”