It's not a nightmare, it's really happening. How did that happen???
We are only cooking 100 potatoes though, so first come, first served. We have more ordered that we can microwave if needed, but only 40 plates, so if you are planning to be the 41st person, please tell everyone in the queue behind to go and bring their own plates. We will also have two boxes of veggies for anyone who wants to make soup.
We must be crazy, but nevertheless, there will be a Community Day on Saturday this week, unless it is blowing a houlie and we can't get the marquee to stand up. This is the Oakdale Marquee, I am talking about. This is your marquee and open air venue extraordinaire, as purchased for the community with grants from the Forest of Dean District Council, the Barnwood Trust and Bromford Homes. We talked about pop-up gazebos to start with, but were encouraged to think BIG and for the future. Please come and help us decorate it with bunting on the day, which we want everyone to help make.
We went to Gloucester (no mean feat) today to the Scrap Store, which we are now members of. They stockpile useful materials that would otherwise be thrown away and it just takes a bit of imagination to walk through and see the possibilities and hidden talents amongst the remnants. A trolley load is £12 to community groups. I'm not sure what we will use the five jute bags for, but we will think of something. The neon pink frilly ribbon will be excellent to make the guy ropes less of a trip hazard. (Ah, paperwork. My favourite. Don't have any accidents please, especially don't fall over any guy ropes. It will lead to yet more paperwork and it's very difficult to get to Gloucester presently.)
In the meantime, for relaxation, I am revisiting the books of Malcolm Pryce (Aberystwyth, Mon Amour and Don't Cry for Me Aberystwyth), which were a gift from a lad from Swansea. One day I hope to be reading The Unbearable Lightness of Being in Aberystwyth as well, when I have more leisure time and a larger book budget.
Here is the author, speaking on The Day Aberystwyth Stood Still and a radio play based on the books from the Beeb, Aberystwyth Noir. Episodes two and three are available on YouTube. I wonder if Malcolm would like to come to lunch as well? 301? Nah! Too much washing up!