A busy day in Wiltshire, helping Simon with the filming (at least I HOPE we were helping him – can't be certain....). The Avebury Stone Circle, the White Horse Trail, Salisbury Plain, it all looked magnificent – rural England at its most breath-taking.
Finally got to Salisbury Arts Centre just as the heavens were opening (again), and what a beautiful place it is. It is a magnificently converted church, with cinema and live performance capability, gallery and exhibition spaces, workshops and a cafe and bar. We could not have been made more welcome – everyone was so positive, enthusiastic and helpful, and nothing was too much trouble. It's the kind of place anyone would want to perform in or work in, and the people of Salisbury are very lucky indeed to have it.
Mark, Linda and Gabriel arrived in the downpour having temporarily deserted the Larmer Tree Festival in Blandford – they didn't have to have the car pushed out.....yet. Neil duly delivered the large canister, whilst we gave Ash a small one to carry, given that is, after all, the only one who is actually running......
We had the perfect screening – a lovely and good-natured audience who really seemed to appreciate the films, and who stayed on to meet and talk with us afterwards over Pimms, juice and nibbles. We had two film makers there, Henrietta Thomas and Roger Burton, which always makes it that bit more special, and we also met up with old friends Emma and Ollie who run the Vintage Mobile Cinema and had travelled down from Somerset to see us – no mean feat given how near to having their baby Emma currently is!
This morning we went back to the Arts Centre to see Ash off – and yes, it started raining just as he trotted out of the grounds. However, he told us that running in the rain is no bother to him as he lives in Leeds... (Ash is the digital manager at Opera North).
Simon and Roseanne trailed him to the edge of the New Forest to get some footage of his journey whilst I waved Neil off on his next big journey – playing piano on a cruise ship going from Southampton to St Petersburg.