Category Archives: Around Winterslow & Surrounding Area

Firsdown Music Fayre 2011

This weekend saw the 6th annual Firsdown Music Fayre, a free festival of local bands over 2 days for the local crowd to enjoy. It was a cracking weekend, the best yet, and we were very fortunate the weather stayed dry. It all started at 6pm on Saturday evening with the bands playing until 11 finished off with a great firework display. The crowd was fuelled by a well stocked bar serving Hop Back’s finest ales and Stowford Press cider and there was also a BBQ to keep those who hadn’t brought food well fed. Sunday afternoon saw a further five hours of bands, lots of picnicing, drinking etc before the short walk home. And the kids loved it too, running around the field, acres of space for them to play in.

The festival was opened by local hero and ‘Time Team’ legend Phil Harding.

Bands included Dirty Rouge, Fenton Stack, The Wednesdays, Lasa, The Zucchinis, David Waddington, Vulcan, The Hop Back Blues Band, Silent Jim, Sarus, with the Robbie Wallace Band closing the show.

The Saturday evening crowd in front of the stage for Lasa’s reunion performance.

Looking back from the stage on Saturday evening.

For more photo’s take a look at the festival’s facebook page here. For info on last year’s festival click here or here. A great weekend roll on 2012!!

Winning Photos

Here’s my photo selection from the Spring Show were I won a trophy for most points. The theme was “Home and Garden”.

Top left was in the class “Playtime in the Garden” and features my daughter, Chloe, having fun with the bubble machine. It got first prize and some nice comments from the judge.

Top Centre is a photo of my dog Polo; the only photo that qualified for “Animal/Birds in the Home or Garden”. Not surprisingly unplaced.

Top Right was stretching the category as it’s not my garden but Mottisfont Abbey near Romsey and in my eyes qualified as a photo of a “Garden Feature”. No points for this one either.

Bottom left won second prize for a “photo of a plant in a container” – Snake’s Head Fritillary which is now planted in the garden among the daffs.

Bottom centre was a toungue-in-cheek entry into the “photo of a wheelbarrow and garden tools” class. I entered this with the caption “sometimes gardening is a messy business!” The judge agreed saying gardening was “organised chaos” at the best of times and gave me a first.

Bottom right is a picture of Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat, Mumbai, India. Entered into the class “Washing Day” with the caption “And not a packet of Daz in sight!”. Although this was my best picture it was stretching the theme somewhat so didn’t score.

So two 1sts and one 2nd prize was enough to win the section and pick up the trophy. I’ll try again next year!

A New Year……..and a New Blog!

Well why not? It’s a bit like children, when you have one you may as well have a second!

Regular readers will know I’m now a member of the Winterslow & District Horticultural Society Committee. As I already have a blog up and running I was appointed website officer and I thought it would be a good idea to start a blog to keep members and the general public updated on upcoming events and involved in garden-related discussions. I’m hoping it will be a way of attracting new members to the Society particularly the young families just discovering the benefits of growing their own fruit and veg for example.

So please click here and take a look. Anyone can join in the discussion and I’d welcome any comments and suggestions you have for future content. It’s early days yet but I’m hoping it will be a success!