The Carnival is Over (All together now.....)
Friday night’s Groe Gathering went really well, the team had managed to put the Big Tent up much quicker than last year (well, this time we knew which bit went where!).
The crowd enjoyed the bar and Bob’s Hog Roast; we had another try for the Duck Race, but although the Wye was much lower, it was still flowing too fast for us to have any chance of retrieving the ducks.
Kev Martin had organised some excellent music, for me the highlights were Charlotte’s Web, and ex-Hostage Tom Jones.
Saturday of course is CARNIVAL DAAAYYY!!
The first dry Carnival Day (weather-wise) for ages. An excellent line-up of floats, the well-deserved most popular one was War Horse. Usual selection of grumpy motorists, but the majority took it in good part, and we got rid of most of the chaos quite quickly. Off down to The Groe for the presentations, tea and cakes, the Wye Valley Axemen, and Hawksdrift Falconry display - I do hope they got their errant falcon back OK! Excellent sunny weather helped to keep the Carnival atmosphere going.
Sunday saw much sun-bathing, picnicking and drinking at The Groe, and also some Cricket.
The third and final take of the Duck Race was successful - most of the little blighters escaped over the boom, but heroic efforts by all concerned saw them all (most?) captured. (Thought - maybe we need single-use biodegradeable ducks, so we can just leave the non-winners to drift off down-stream?
Anyway, that’s it for 2012, just that other do in London to get out of the way (The Irish thing, what’s it called? Oh yes, the O’Limpix).
Cheers till next year,