Hello from Editor Des
Oh dear, I had to put on my little rain hat and gumboots for the Rhodo Festival…and it was their big Diamond Jubilee one too, just like the Queen of England is celebrating.
I seem to remember it has rained on most of Her Majesty’s parades as well! There was a special tribute float to the Queen called the Royal Barge…and my word it nearly WAS floating!! – just like the real barge on the River Thames.
Everyone still talks about the festival a few years ago when it was so foggy we couldn’t even see the parade, so today was pretty good really. But the man with the microphone was really upset that people weren’t cheering and clapping enough . Of course they couldn’t clap because they were holding umbrellas, and they weren’t cheering because well, Blackheathens tend to be a bit…shy.
We all loved some of the smaller, one man floats. Here is the ill-fated Titanic and her Captain, still bravely battling bad weather:
Before everything started I spotted a local bird who had nabbed a good viewing spot. He’s a sulphur crested cockatoo. Dr Bob doesn’t like them because they eat wooden window frames. (Yes, our ones are wooden, even in the new house. Silly old Bob!)
A Highland pipe band came from over the Mountains at Lithgow. My guardian Pauline was listening to them as they played under the big oak tree near the library. I knew this was a big mistake because she gets all emotional with bands. I thought she might be distracted by the pie Dr Bob bought her for lunch but then they played Flower of Scotland and she cried into her mince. It was quite embarrassing.
We have very funny events at our festival. Other people have tug-of-wars or three legged races but we have a coal shovelling competition and a roof bolting race…Ha ha ha!
However, the biggest ones are in Memorial Park near our house ( The park was created in memory of the soldiers of WWI) The rhodos are as high as three storey houses and are in pink, white, purple and peach. I love them.
DON’T FORGET TO LEAVE A MESSAGE, BUT PLEASE DO THE LITTLE SUM FIRST. AM I GETTING BETTER AT THIS DO YOU THINK? IF SO, I MIGHT TRY MY HAND AT A TELL-ALL BOOK ABOUT SOMEONE I KNOW QUITE WELL, TEE HEE!! ALL ANECDOTES WOULD BE WELCOME…ED. DES XXX
POSTSCRIPT – The festival publicity officer summed up the character of Blackheathens when he quipped: ‘I was actually quite pleased the weather turned out to be cold, wet and misty for the 60th anniversary because that is typical Rhododendron Festival weather. In fact, it would have been quite awful it it had been sunny like last year.’
Here is another little story about Blackheath, and Pauline’s own garden.