Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Busy Bank Holiday

Hello all!  I think August has been the longest month going.  I know I am willing it to pass quickly as I have stupidly given myself a monthly craft budget, which John happily agreed to, and which didn't take long to spend!  Because I am trying to stick to it, I am desperate for September, so I can buy some more goodies essentials.
There has been loads of stuff going on in the village this weekend.  There is a beautiful old building called The Bassett Rooms (because it used to belong to the Bassett family who make Bassetts Liquorice Allsorts) which was hosting an art exhibition upstairs and a coffee shop downstairs.
The paintings are  by local artists and they were all lovely.  I think, because I've started using watercolour paints, I can appreciate what's involved.  My favourite pictures were some of our area when it was snowing, they were beautifully done.  I am amazed that there is so much talent in such a small area.
Then the church was hosting a flower festival.  The theme was 'Thankyou for the music' as apparently there had always been a music festival here every year up until 2010.  I don't know why they've stopped doing it, though. 
Some of the displays were amazing.

This display was called, 'These Boots Are Made For Walking' by Nancy Sinatra. 
Very clever.

This is 'Carmen' by Bizet.  It was stunning. 
I'm not sure if the photo does it justice.

The church itself is a beautiful building in its own right. 
I am ashamed to say, I've never been in it before!

And then, outside, the craziest thing I've ever seen. 
Apparently it's a local tradition at this time of year, to make a scarecrow. 
 It's a competition, and the 'Thankyou For The Music' theme was carried through
 to the scarecrow costumes. 
 I'd joked at craft group that I was envisioning scarecrows dressed as Elvis,
and lo and behold, the first thing I saw when I got out of the car:

There were cries of, "Look, there's Elvis!" from passers-by.
Not something you're going to hear very often, is it?!

Only in England, eh?
What with that, and the barmy weather, it's been a very interesting weekend.
Hope yours has been enjoyable, too.


  1. Hi Jane, what a fabulous set of photos, we have a flower festival in our local church to, and they are stunning. I love the paintings to. hugs Shirleyx

  2. Nice photos they are some very interesting subjects, the church is very beautiful indeed, wow I have never see an Elvis scarecrow before how very odd, fun but odd, I quite like the Carmen display it is very interesting, good post very nice read.

  3. Well, now that hurricane Irene has finished battering us, it's balmy here too. Fun to see your pics, especially Elvis! *lol*


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