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Published: January 8th 2009
Yay! We can post via the blackberry 😊 pls excuse any impending grammar, spelling and txt language.
Whenst we last spoke there was a rain of mythic proportions beating down on us at woodford. This was also the first day we decided not to carry our rain gear 😞 ALSO the window to our home away from home (some suv model nissan that was rather cosy and easily fit our air mattress - our tent proved worthless, literally puddling water during the first pitiful rainshower on the first night) was cracked so we returned to a damp but doable spot on susan's side but elsewise were unscathed.
Woodford: completely amazing experience! We hope to come back and bring some of y'all with us! We spent our days eating scrumditiliumcious food from all over: yemen, hungary, japan, germany, australia, thailand, india! They call chicken tikka massala "butter chicken" here! There was also felafal and various vegan/gluten free stalls and a gross looking kebob place. The vendors were mostly clothes and incense and other hippiesh tomfoolery - I picked up a rockin pair of orange pants and susan bought shorts! We also got some glo poi balls for burning man and
a portable hammock!
We spent our days learning to dance (it's all about frame people!), lazying on hillsides listening to music, in tents listening to music, at workshops, making paving stones and wishes, watching movies, going to the circus, hanging around the pond, walking the streets, people watching and eating drinking and generally being merry 😊 we also volunteered which was pie and we met a bunch of cool people, played scrabble (greg you totally need to play this guy scott! You guys are well matched!), introduced the world to tricia mixes and warded off the heat with water and welcoming folks to woodford! Nye we spent under the stars and took part in the candelit 3 mins of silence which ended with a ringing bell which was really nice save a few idiots who love to hear themselves, then we went to hear pyscho zydeco and then up to the hilltop to camp under the stars in our sleeping bag and await the first sun of '09. this was unfortunately slightly marred by some talkative youths but there was japanese taiko playing as the sun crested and was met with ardent applause. It was really cool to see
but we wouldn't do it on that hilltip again (as someone said later - you know you are old when you want silence and noise annoys you).
The fire ceremony on ny day was awesome! It capped a lazy day of drinking square dancing and milling about. It was accompanied by a beautiful lightening storm and thankfully rain showers held off (just for the one hour performance which was a miracle!). It started with an aboriginal starting fire in a bit of a steady rain and then giving it to this old guy who set off fireworks. Then there were these beautiful fire lanterns and they made a river of fire with tea lights up the hillside - which was awesome! There were these huge paper dandelions and dragons and fire people and then in the finale there were spectacular fireworks and they burned these dandelions that everyone had written wishes on (Toisha and I made wishes too) and this beautiful windmill. It was awe inspiring and really freaking cool 😊
There is no doubt that the Woodford Folk Festival is one of the best festivals in the world. Everything else that we've been to is so narrow
in comparison - just jazz or just art or just blues or just rock. This had everything in one place! We're still looking forward to burning man, but we know it can't be as good as woodford!
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