12 August 2017

Project 365 2017 #31 & #32

Weeks 31 and 32 for Project 365 2017 so I'm surprised I can actually remember everything we have done!

Project 365 2017 day 211 - Lulworth Cove // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 212 - Avacado sandwiches // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 213 - Violet hair // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 214 - Smoothies // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 215 - Norfolk sunset // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 216 - Pulls Ferry, Norwich // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 217 - Horsey Windpump // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 218 - Wells-next-the-sea // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 219 - Anniversary flowers // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 220 - Ginger and garlic tofu stir fry // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 221 - Yoga and a book // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 222 - Glastonbury // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 223 - Singing bowl // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 224 - 5k run // 76sunflowers

Day 211
Today we left Camp Bestival early but headed down to the beautiful sunny Lulworth Cove to say hello to some friends. You can read about our weekend here.
Day 212
Post festival weekend blues and a day of laundry and making avacado sandwiches.
Day 213
The girl wanted to add some extra colour on the ends of her bleached hair - look closely and you'll see some violet in there. Disappointingly it washed out a bit too quickly.
Day 214
A chilled out Wednesday packing for Norfolk and making strawberry, raspberry and soya milk smoothies.
Day 215
Off to Norfolk to see my mum and stay with my brother for our annual visit. The sunset was amazing near my brother's house.
Day 216
Into Norwich today to take my two for a walk in my childhood footsteps - I couldn't miss out the Cathedral Close, where my dad used to work, and down to Pulls Ferry.
Day 217
A short drive from my brother's house and we were at Horsey Windpump. The sails were still down and unfortunately we couldn't climb to the top this visit.
Day 218
I should have been running the Norwich 10k today but my achilles is still causing problems so instead we made the most of the sunshine and had a day at my favourite beach. The boy was happy to fly the kite at Wells-next-the-sea.
Day 219
A long drive home on my wedding anniversary and back to the husband and some beautiful flowers.
Day 220
Post Norfolk blues and another day of washing and creating a new dish - garlic and ginger tofu stir fry.
Day 221
Wednesday ended with a yoga class and getting towards the end of a book.
Day 222
A lovely day wandering around Glastonbury in the sunshine and pottering around the shops.
Day 223
I did make a purchase yesterday and today I unwrapped the singing bowl that I treated myself to.
Day 224
A lovely Saturday with morning tea at the local garden centre and a first run for me in August. I managed 5k with the achilles holding up - although it does feel a bit tender now afterwards. The wood is just many bits for my husband's green woodworking and spoon carving.

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2 August 2017

Camp Bestival 2017 ~ Review

The last of the mud has been washed away and I am now ready to look back on, and review, our Camp Bestival 2017. It was our eighth visit as Camp Bestival celebrated their tenth anniversary but somebody forgot to book the sunshine for the weekend. The rain, and mud, definitely impacted the festival but we were determined not to let it spoil our fun for Camp Bestival 2017.
Camp Bestival 2017 Review // 76sunflowers
As usual, we arrived Thursday morning to a slight queue getting onsite where we handed over our £25 parking fee before parking at the top of the car park - usually I would moan at this but this year with the forecast of rain we were were happy not to drive to the bottom of the hill. With the van unpacked with its first load we picked up our wrist bands, passed security with their increasing searches and found a camping spot; this year we decided to camp closer to the car park and walk further into the festival site which saved us having to take our camping gear down the infamous hill which we knew would be a mud-bath come the end of the weekend. With the tent safely put up and two more trips back to the van we were happy campers - in the wind, hence the leaning tent. The husband had to return home for work for 24 hours so it was just me and the children until Friday afternoon. We took our first wander around the campsite and found it was set up in its usual format with banks of portable toilets, water points and food and coffee stalls.
Camp Bestival 2017 Review // 76sunflowers
Camp Bestival 2017 Review // 76sunflowers
The long weekend saw us exploring familiar places, watching new bands, developing my girl's experience of live music and crowds, eating new foods, drinking new drinks, perfecting our diablo skills and surviving the mud.
Here are some of our favourite places and moments.

CARAVANSERAI
Built from vintage caravans and carousels, Caravanserai was a delight for our ears and eyes. We chilled out and watched the trapeze artists and jugglers from Cirque Bijou whilst enjoying a range of music.
Camp Bestival 2017 Review // 76sunflowers
Camp Bestival 2017 Review // 76sunflowers
Camp Bestival 2017 Review // 76sunflowers
Camp Bestival 2017 Review // 76sunflowers
Camp Bestival 2017 Review // 76sunflowers

SLOW MOTION
A favourite from past years, Slow Motion is an area to chill out and I gravitated towards the yoga awning on Friday morning. The children were safe to sit on the edge whilst I joined a Vinyasa Flow session. It was all going beautifully until the heavens opened during savasana and, being an awning and not a tent, this spoilt the moment for those on the edges. This was my first grumble of the festival; the yoga would have been so much better in an enclosed tent, as in previous years, and due to the heavy rain that continued I sadly didn't return. To dodge the rain we headed into the Vegan Society tent where we read people's reasons for being, or taking a 7 day challenge to be, vegan.
Camp Bestival 2017 Review // 76sunflowers
Camp Bestival 2017 Review // 76sunflowers
Camp Bestival 2017 Review // 76sunflowers

THE KID'S FIELD
A huge area for the festival kids but with plenty to entertain the adults too with craft beer and cider stalls, Jam Jar Bar, Literary Institute and Feast Collective. The two fields are full of activities from the world's biggest bouncy castle to fairground rides to activity tents. We headed down to the Science Tent to see our friend, Sirius Astronomy, tell us all about the solar system and how to make our own comet. The Literary Tent is always a cosy spot to sit and chill with an array of guests. This year the girl and I popped in again to see the Scummy Mummies - who are always guaranteed to give you a good giggle! And there was plenty of space for the boy to practise his diablo skills having upgraded from last year's wooden sticks to metal sticks from the popular Firetoys stall.
Camp Bestival 2017 Review // 76sunflowers
Camp Bestival 2017 Review // 76sunflowers
Camp Bestival 2017 Review // 76sunflowers
Camp Bestival 2017 Review // 76sunflowers

MUSIC & MISCELLANEOUS
Across the years we have experienced a range of music at Camp Bestival at the Castle Stage and the girl is increasingly keen to get in among the crowds to see some performers. This year her - well chosen and not all influenced by me! - choice was Kate Nash. We headed down towards the front of the field in the pouring rain for a fantastic performance with the girl noting how great it was that Kate had a female backing band. 
Another joy of Camp Bestival is the unplanned finds - musical pop-ups in the courtyard from Ladies on the Lawn, the Funky Little Choir singing in front of the famous I Love Camp Bestival sign, finding a new act you like the sound of, this year Louis Berry, in the Big Top and catching the Beard and Moustache competition hosted by Sara Cox
Camp Bestival 2017 Review // 76sunflowers
Camp Bestival 2017 Review // 76sunflowers
Camp Bestival 2017 Review // 76sunflowersCamp Bestival 2017 Review // 76sunflowers
Camp Bestival 2017 Review // 76sunflowers

FOOD & DRINK
Being vegan for the first time at Camp Bestival I was a little anxious about what I was going to eat. We did our usual thing and brought our own breakfasts and lunch provisions with us but we always eat out in the evenings. I needn't have worried as this year there were loads of vegan options from coconut and mushroom Rendang and baos from Le Bao - which I had and were delicious - to vegan kebabs, sushi and bunny chow. It was great to see an increase in the availability of vegan options so well done Camp Bestival! The non-vegans in the family enjoyed their mac 'n' cheese, Higgidy Pies and cheese toasties. The cost of these meals ranged from £5.50 to £9. Before hitting the craft beers and ciders in the evenings - £5- £5.50 - we enjoyed coffee and chai from the great Mr Teas and the girl has discovered a love of iced chai which the kind folk made for her at the Camper Coffee Co. even though it wasn't on the menu - nice to see they had oat milk as an option too which the girl chose and it was delicious. Coffees and hot drinks ranged from £2 - £5.
Camp Bestival 2017 Review // 76sunflowers
Camp Bestival 2017 Review // 76sunflowers
Camp Bestival 2017 Review // 76sunflowers
Camp Bestival 2017 Review // 76sunflowers

NIGHTTIME
Always a great experience, nighttime at Camp Bestival transforms the site. The world's largest disco ball reflected the lights beautifully amidst an eerie smattering of smoke and the Dingly Dell is always worth a look in the dark. As always it was decked out in beautiful lights and creations but unfortunately the play park was plunged into darkness at this hour.
Camp Bestival 2017 Review // 76sunflowers
Camp Bestival 2017 Review // 76sunflowers
Camp Bestival 2017 Review // 76sunflowers

Saturday night saw our last experience on the festival site this year as sadly we had to leave on the Sunday due to work commitments. Usually we would pack up and head back onto site for a few hours and have previously watched fireworks before driving home - which included animations on the castle again this year. But due to the weather, although Sunday had glorious sunshine, and the mud in the car park we made the decision to get out before too many vehicles got stuck. We then got stuck. Luckily help was at hand with some passing lads who helped pushed us back onto the grass and the 4x4 team were ready with their towing equipment should we have needed it. Luckily though we managed to snake through some gaps in the car park before hitting the laid down track at the exit points. 

Our only negatives this year were due to the weather. The Camp Bestival team tried to prepare for it in advance with additional road tracking and woodchips but with thousands of people walking through wet grassy fields and hundreds of vehicles driving across the car parks it is going to turn to mud. So, as always, be prepared for the weather and take oodles of extra patience with you!

Thank you Camp Bestival, as always, it has been a blast!

If you fancy it for yourself in 2018, where I'm sure the sun will make a full-on return, pre-sale tickets are available from Friday August 4th 2017 here.

Camp Bestival 2017 Review // 76sunflowers

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Disclaimer; I received a family pass to Camp Bestival 2017. As always, views and opinions are my own.

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31 July 2017

Project 365 2017 #30

Week 30 of Project 365 2017 and the summer holiday has arrived!

Project 365 2017 day 204 - Yoga & incense // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 205 - Yoga hoody // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 206 - Camp Bestival tent // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 207 - Rain // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 208 - Blue skies at Camp Bestival // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 209 - Yoga at Camp Bestival // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 210 - Kid's field at Camp Bestival // 76sunflowers

Day 204
A lazy Sunday that included some yoga in the conservatory with the incense burning.
Day 205
A few jobs to do today including the dreaded holiday trip to the dentist, getting some new air beds, buying the girl's secondary school uniform - ouch! - and picking up my new yoga hoody from the local printer.
Day 206
A lovely sunny Tuesday and time to put the tent up for an airing before Camp Bestival!
Day 207
Some pre-festival rain arrived today, let's hope it all goes before the weekend.
Day 208
Safely in Lulworth, and with camp set up, we had an evening stroll around the festival site. We were really hoping the sunshine and blue skies would continue!
Day 209
Friday morning started with some vinyasa flow yoga under the yoga awning. It was all lovely until the heavens opened during savasana and I was wishing it was an actual enclosed tent!
Day 210
Saturday and the rain had continued for most of yesterday and into today but we didn't let it dampen our spirits too much. We explored the Kid's Field a bit today and the rain did stop at times!

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