Greenbelt

I realised last night as I was going to sleep that I hadn’t mentioned the actual Greenbelt festival in the previous post, when I’d intended to. So I thought I’d give you a quick synopsis.

Best Talk – Gene Robinson’s ‘In the Eye of Storm’ It was truely inspiring. And I told him so when I bought his book and managed to get 3rd in line to get it signed! He thanked me for coming and I insisted that he needed more thanks because he’d travelled further than me – I only live an hour or so away!

Best Music – Duke Special. Mr B loves Duke Special but I’d never really been exposed to him at all, so I was determined to see him at Greenbelt. Unfortunately I returned to my tent a couple of hours before he was due to start, decided to close my eyes for a few minutes, and woke up 2.5 hours later! I jumped up and walked really fast over to main stage, when I realised I hadn’t given myself chance to wake up properly. So we ended up sitting in the picnic area, watching and listening from a slight distance. But it was still good. And we bought a couple of his albums.

Best Spiritual Moment – Sunday morning. But not at the main service. I was camping with people from my church, most of whom decided they didn’t want to go to the service. So Mr B cooked eggy bread for everyone for breakfast, and then one of the girls returned from having a shower with a brown bag that they’d been handing out at the service. We read through the programme, picked out the bits we liked, and had our own little prayer and oil blessing time between us. It was lovely.

Best Overall Thing – This year I think I got the balance right between catching up with friends and going to programmed items. In previous years I’ve often felt that I’ve spent all weekend having drinks with old and current friends, which has been great, but I felt that I missed out on a lot of the actual festival. But this year I managed to chat to most of the people that I wanted to, and still went to most of the programmed stuff that I’d planned to. And one friend that I chatted briefly to, immediately commented how grown up I seemed. Which I took as a complement…