Not all things in this new nautical life are now geared around 15 foot of dreams in the form of Dwynwen. There is space for some more traditional inland working boats too!
So, it was great to be heading towards Middlewich on Saturday to combine our love of folk music and to wander alongside so many beautiful narrowboats at the Middlewich Folk and Boat festival, 2014.
Have to say, the weather was just right mind for a detour into the beer garden during the meanderings, for a rather nice pint, and some live music. Although has to be said, the lines on what is deemed to be ‘folk’ and a more mainstream live music event seem to be blurring now. I don’t see that dressing up like a hippy and being able to play ( albeit very well ) traditional acoustic instruments with a repertoire of old Kinks and other flower power era songs to be folk, but hey-ho, as long as it adds to the ambience of a lovely summers day, then it gets my vote. ( that said, I was disappointed to not find any finger-in-the-ear singers telling of how hard life was, but perhaps the singers had been warned off about being to melancholic! )
A few images from the day then, just before we beat a hasty retreat as that climax to an English summers day arrived, that of a torrential downpour.
“Oh to be in England…” wrote Browning, a man who obviously enjoyed getting rained on!
( PS, we saw John Sergeant making what appeared to be a documentary, looking rather dapper in his Fedora finished Panama hat :-) )