It’s turning in to quiet a busy summer and consequently this blog is getting a little neglected. We’ve had lots of adventures that I can’t wait to write about, but one trip I really can’t wait to share is the Just So festival. Believe it or not. this is was my first festival experience. My husband was a Leeds festival regular but Just So was mine and the Ladybirds first festival. We camped from last Friday until Monday, then I worked Tuesday and spent Wednesday and Thursday at home, trying to catch up on the washing and entertaining the ladybird. Consequently this post will mainly be Just So related (I hope no one minds). I took lots of photos and will have a full post on the festival up on the blog next week.
Yet again I haven’t read very much this week (unless the Just So programme counts! it was an absolutely essential read to get the most of the festival though). I did manage to empty my blog reader this week which is quiet an achievement. I subscribe to a lot of blogs and with so many trips away lately they’ve been building up. I’m sorry though I forgot to write down all the posts I really enjoyed!.
We watched loads of incredible shows at the festival. My favorite had to be Marie Celestial, a circus theatre performed aboard a mechanical, space-faring beast. This was a truly magical show performed to music, after dark, by 4 incredibly talented performers including tightrope walking and acrobatics.
We had all weathers at the festival from glorious sunshine to thunder storms. Thankfully it was dry more than it rained but the site did get rather muddy. I’m so glad I took my gorgeous Jules wellies. The ladybird loved the puddles and the mud so I was grateful for her wellies and this really useful puddle pack from Muddy puddles.
We heard some fantastic live music at the festival but my favorite was Electric Swing Circus. They were on the main stage at 21:30 on Saturday night and we nearly didn’t make it. There was a storm earlier in the evening and all the power to the site was cut. We headed back to the tent to shelter from the rain, thunder and lightning. By 9pm the storm was passing but it was still raining. It was very tempting to stay warm and dry in the tent but I talked my husband in to going to see this band. We’d learnt from our first camping trip not to try to put the ladybird to bed at her usual bedtime unless we wanted to get stressed out trying! We put her in her PJ’s, added a coat and blanket and headed back to the festival. She fell asleep before we got to the main stage and amazingly she stayed asleep all through there 45 minute set. Even more amazingly we transferred her from her buggy to the air bed in the tent without much fuss. Electric swing circus were every bit as good as we expected and well worth braving the weather for.
I haven’t made much this week but last week I did make my daughter a fox dress for the festival. This is another pattern from Wild Things funky little clothes to sew. I’ve made 3 dresses from this book so I feel like I can write a reliable review of this book so expect that in the next few weeks. Wild Things even had a little shop at Just So and I popped in and had a little chat with Kirsty. She was lovely and gave me a few tips on sewing the character dresses and told me that book number two is on the way.
I couldn’t share a post on my highlights of the Just So festival with out talking about the food. We took some food with us but we also bought some meals on site and I was pleasantly surprised by the prices. I loved the paella from Las Paelleras and I had my first pieminister pie and mash (the matador in case you are wondering). The castaway kitchen did amazing burger wraps far better than the chicken wrap I had from the Hobo food van (there was a massive poster at the side of the fan showing a pitta with big pieces of chicken breast in it so imagine my dissapointment when my pitta comes which was mostly lettuce and a bit of finely shredded chicken!). I had a delicious apple and toffee ripple sorbet from Ginger’s Comfort Emporium and I can recommend Lickalix ice lollies.
Hopefully I’ll be back next week with a more varied #littleloves!