Wednesday & Thursday started early with a Molly workshop, followed by dancing with Pig Dyke in and around town. Friday was a later start which gave our Pig Dyke friends the opportunity to throw us a farewell party on Ann-Marie’s last day of dancing with the side. The festival ended with a torchlight procession along the seafront, Ann-Marie with Pig Dyke and Dave with Herbacious. At the end of the procession all the torches were extinguished in the sea and there was a fabulous firework display.
Saturday morning we were up and away early heading out of Devon, feeling sorry for the holiday-makers queuing up on their way in. We waved to Stonehenge and carried on to meet Ann-Marie’s extended family at the annual BBQ in Wendy & Dave’s lovely garden in Shepperton. Surprisingly, the threat of rain held off and we had a really good day. Between us we’ve seen more aunts, uncles and cousins in the last couple of weeks than we have for years. This travelling lark is definitely a Good Thing.
Things have been a bit busy since then. Dave started work on Karen’s new porch on Sunday and on Wednesday he took the Kon-Tiki over to Wendy & Dave’s to take the gearbox out. Ann-Marie’s Dad has a friend called Brian who’s a wizard mechanic. Brian agreed to rebuild our box, so at midnight on Wednesday, Dave and Pete found themselves in a shed with Brian and a stripped gearbox. The good news is that all the noise was being made by a little cage in one bearing which is replaceable; the rest of it is in good-as-new condition. Brian should have it all back together next week and – fingers crossed - it’ll be back in the van by Thursday or Friday. On Thursday we went mad with a bow saw and secateurs in Karen’s back garden, coppicing the Hazel trees and letting in a lot more light.
This weekend we’re off to Derbyshire for Frankie’s 21st birthday BBQ, another party to look forward to!