Monday, 18 July 2011

Fun in the mud!

Good evening :)

Well what a weekend - festival fun in the mud! 

This was the 5th time I've been to Latitude and the first time in really bad weather. However it was the first time I've been lucky enough to stay in a caravan too. So there was always somewhere warm and dry to sleep and a wonderful cooked breakfast (by my friend) each morning :)

We arrived mid morning on Friday and soon found a space to pitch up. Between the 4 of us, we soon had the caravan and awning sorted and the Pimms opened! After a quick lunch we headed off to the Arena - stopping at so many stalls/stands on the way. It seemed rude to say No to the nice man who was offering free shots of spirits at one of the bars!

We split into 2 groups - my friend & I headed over to a tiny stage to watch a set by Camille O'Sullivan - just 50 people and the most personal set I've ever watched. She was amazing :)

I've watched so many acts over the weekend - both stuff from my younger years - Adam Ant, OMD, Echo & the Bunnymen to more recent stuff - Bellowhead, Eels & Paloma Faith. I've surprised myself by actually enjoying a dance music act too - though the 2 pints of Pimms and smuggled into the Arena cider might have helped ;)

We walked miles - from our part of the campsite to the main stage was about 2 miles through thick mud - my legs today really ache but its been so worth it. I love the feeling you get when you see the Arena for the first time and of course the colourful sheep and flowery sign;

The Arena at night is stunning too - lots of coloured lights and just a fab atmosphere;

One downside - I now will never want to camp in a tent at a festival ever again - why would you after spending the weekend in a colourful, vintage caravan;

 Trust me - this way tidy! Amazing what you find when you tidy up - that's where the box of pizza went!!

I won't be late to bed tonight - once the boys are home I shall be snuggling up and catching up on my sleep. The day started rather early as we needed to be home so children could be taken to school. Up at 5am - off the site by 5.30 and home having breakfast by 7am!

See you soon

x x x Vicki x x x


Vix said...

I thought of you all weekend, such lousy weather but I'd rather be at a festival necking cider and listening to music in the wet than stuck at home with nothing to do!
That caravan is a beauty.
Did you see Echo & The Bunnymen? I like them even more than I did in the 1980's and that's saying something. x

Pooh's Abode said...

I was thinking of you both over the weekend. I really love the caravan, Fi has done a good job with it. Hopefully she will let me have a good look at it next weekend

Glad you had a great time


Serenata said...

Fabulous caravan with a lovely array of colourful colours to beat off the bad weather!

Northern Hi-Lights said...

look at that caravan!!!!!!! you are right, now I am a caravanner I will never sleep in a tent again - sounds like a wonderful weekend - I love the Eels! xx

Liz said...

Looks like you had a brilliant weekend! The caravan is beautiful!
Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

Donna ~ Little Tiny Stitches said...

It looks fab!!

I love your photos Vicki, and that caravan is gorgeous!

Now, tell me, what was that lovely patchwork item you were wearing on the photo of your wellies? :o)

Have a good week Vicki,
and take care,
Love Donna x

Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping] said...

Now that looks like the BEST way to do a festival, I love live music but am very dubious about sleeping under canvas. The caravan looks fab and I'm loving the idea of a cooked breakfast in the morning x

MissGinger said...

ooo i would love to have seen Paloma Faith and the fact you got to see camilla in such a tiny setting - wow! and the great 80's thing and i adore the caravan! xx

delia hornbook said...

Wow that is serious mud ;-)) No wonder your legs are aching. Love that caravan its gorgeous. Nothing beats live music with friends and a glass or a bottle of pimms ;-)) Have a good rest, dee x

lady liquor vintage. said...

The caravan is amazing!


Florence and Mary said...

Glad you had a great time despite the weather,

Victoria xxx

**Anne** said...

Oh this sounds like the most AWESOME weekend ever. You lucky thing. Adam Ant and Paloma Faith would have been on my list of people to see.
Love the caravan too. What fun!
Anne xx

Jacquie said...

Hi Vicki, love that amazing caravan!! sounds like a great weekend. Would have loved to see Adam Ant and the other 80's bands :0)
Love your patchwork dress too .
Jacquie x

Country Rose said...

Glad you had a great time at Latitude!

That caravan is soooo gorgeous!! Love the bed set-up! :-)

Ashley xxx

Josie-Mary said...

Now that's what I call mud! Looks like a great weekend, lucky you for seeing Adam Ant :)

topchelseagirl said...

LOVE that caravan. I would've loved to see Echo & The Bunnymen again.

Country Girl said...

Sounds like you had fun - look forward to hearing all about it!

Scented Sweetpeas said...

aahh your caravan looks so cozy, I bet you couldn't wait to get back to it after walking through all that mud :-)

Lisa said...

So pleased you all had a great weekend and that the mud and rain didn't put a downer on it for you. Fab caravan!
Lisa x

Victoria said...

Sounds great. Bigger than Larmer Tree but Latitude is one I would love to go to. Have just finished washing the mud out of everything! x