I crawled back from Glastonbury on tuesday and have spent the rest of the week catching up with work and sleep. I do a couple of festivals every summer…but this was my first time at Glasto. Boy is it hard work! It rained of course and we spent the weekend slooping through mud and dancing in wellies. Sore feet by hometime…..but it was fun though exhausting. Dolly Parton was great as were Four tet, 2 Bears, David Grant, Bryan Ferry. Yoko Ono was bonkers.

Festivals are always a hotbed of creativity and I took some pics for the blog.

Black and white flower

Black and white flower

I loved these flowers in The Park…there were loads of them. On one side they were black and white, and on the other,

Otherside

Otherside

they were coloured. Lovely.

In the permaculture section, they were heating water and cooking pizza’s,

pizza horse

pizza horse

in the horses’s bum. The horse is a clay oven and they’ve squared the circle by using their own charcoal and using the ash back on the land.

In the Unfairground and Shangri Hell,

Evil babies

Evil babies

were these spooky babies,

KFC

KFC

and a series of funny posters,

USLIP

USLIP

and of course what every festival needs,

Unicorns

Unicorns

a trio of Unicorns.

Most festivals tend to be quite glam affairs, a chance to wear an outfit that you can’t wear anywhere else, but at Glastonbury there is really only one outfit.

The Glastonbury outfit

The Glastonbury outfit

You can be glam from the waist up but downwards you must have; Shorts…at all times. It is warm and skin is easier to clean than trousers. Boots, either wellies or walking….though the walking ones may get a little messy around the ankle. Socks to prevent chafing, or plasters on the back of the leg. The wellies are also useful in the loo’s..nuff said.

Back in France a shadow of last weeks self, and I still managed to complete a new sculpture with help from Edu my current student.

new form

new form

I managed to satisfactorily get the last piece on by the end of friday….I’m looking forward to glazing this piece.

I also had a disaster,

Run off glaze

Run off glaze

the glaze had run off all the blue pieces and stuck fast to the kiln shelves. This is going to be a day of chiseling and grinding..bother! Luckily the Bishops pom pom at the top was unaffected.

We found out this week that you can eat Yukka flowers. Apparently this is common in Mexico.

Edu picking flowers

Edu picking flowers

Ederne picked the flowers and removed the little hard bit in the middle, then chopped and cooked them lightly with onion and tomato,

Cooked Yukka's

Cooked Yukka’s

they were delicious. There are lots of recipes online…and you can eat all Yukka’s.

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