Monday, 1 June 2015
Hay Literary Festival last weekend
I spent Saturday at Hay Literary Festival and never having been before, I was looking forward to seeing what it was like. Inside the complex of stands was this lovely gypsy vardo (for sale). I'd love to have a holiday in one. It would teach me to be Very Tidy I think!
My friend L has two children, B 9 and E 13. Originally I was going to accompany E to the talk by Michael Morpurgo, but B decided he wanted to have me to himself all day, and so instead I accompanied him to Shaun the Sheep in the afternoon. Whilst L and E were at their talk, B and I had a wander round, and came across this stand with some lovely sculptures. The chickens above.
This lovely Greyhound.
These rats were my favourites, for their bright knowing eyes. Lots of other nice things there, but way beyond my purse.
I was very good and limited myself to just two purchases: a present for a friend, and a copy of Castles and Moated Sites of Herefordshire and believe it or not, I actually wouldn't let myself buy that first time round, but then B talked me into it!
I really didn't know quite what to expect of the Shaun the Sheep "talk" but it was actually very good and although there were plenty of children present, it was aimed at the adults really, although the children did enjoy the clips from Shaun the Sheep tv programmes and the recent movie. Peter Lord, who presented it was one of the co-founders of Aardman Animations (they are behind Wallace and Grommit, Shaun the Sheep, Creature Comforts, Morph etc.) He was very interesting and showed us what went on behind the scenes. I never realized that their sets were housed in a building the size of an aircraft hangar!
All in all, a nice change. Then when my OH had picked me up, we got home to this:
The boy-cats were trying to pretend that one of them was a crack shot with an air rifle . . .