Friday, 6 July 2012

And now for something completely different! Ways With Words! ;-)

Making your way through the rather wet, yet nonetheless beautiful Devon lanes,

you breathe in the fresh air and give a huge sigh of relief. It’s as if you are

 entering a place where all stresses and strains of life are suddenly lifted from you.

You know that you are treading on top of the many footsteps of people who

have come before you: artists, creators, entertainers.  They’ve

 been fortunate to have been part of the history of Dartington;

each playing their part in making Dartington very unique indeed.

It’s magical. 

As you walk through the archway into the beautiful

courtyard, you can sense that this is one very special place. It oozes enthusiasm

for the arts and what’s more, the surroundings can only inspire. 

(You have Dorothy and Leonard Elmhirst to thank for this. They laid out these

gorgeous gardens, back in the 1930s.)

The trees watch over you ; the luscious lawns invite you to stroll awhile;

the Great Hall beckons as if to say, ‘Come in, I've been expecting you!

You won’t be disappointed.’

You obey, but not until you’ve queued for a bit! Is it hardly any wonder?

 There’s a treat in store and although you’ve been to Ways With Words

 many times before, you just know that this will beat the lot!

Taking your place in the Great Hall, you sit and look around you.

The hall is becoming jam packed.  Along the benches at the side of the hall,

people are squashing in like sardines and you’re glad that you queued early.

Time to get the camera ready and negotiate your way

 between the many heads in front of you.  

He enters.

A huge applause begins the proceedings; a few quick camera flashes and then...

 he’s off ! 

  Michael Palin

He’s comedian, traveller, writer and entertainer extraordinaire!

You’ve waited a long time for this!

 He starts with his novel . It’s his second novel. It’s called ‘ the truth - a novel’.

You get a little taster of the characters and the plot; just enough to whet your

appetite so that you are surely going to rush and buy the book afterwards

 and then take it to him to sign, aren't you?! 

After this, you listen to some anecdotes of his travels.

This is fascinating stuff!  

His humour intertwines and you are so pleased to see that

he hasn’t lost that!  Naturally, he talks about ‘Python’ and how the name came

 about!  At this point, you really want to jump up and thank him for that ONE DAY in the whole

of your life where you arrived at school one morning and everyone in your sixth

form was doing ‘silly walks!!’  But of course, you don’t! You just sit and listen,

feeling privileged to be here.

The hour flies by.  Nooooo! You want it to last longer!

 Your head is buzzing as you grab your bag and coat and make

your way to the book signing area.  Giving him your book, you are almost lost for

words but manage to utter something like, ‘You’ve made our day!’

And he smiles and happily signs your new book, which you will treasure.


Ah!  Delightful Dartington!  

It reminds you of those lines from Shakespeare :

‘’All the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players.

They have their exits and entrances’’

Way’s With Words is just that…people coming and going, the scene

forever changing... not just daily but yearly too!

After all,  this superb literary festival is in its 21st year!

As the brochure rightly says, it has come of age and who better than to help celebrate

and kick off Ways With Words 2012 !

You feel completely uplifted as you drive home, singing

‘Always look on the bright side of life’ and you chuckle to yourself as you

practise a very silly walk in the hallway (whilst no one is looking, naturally!)

Thank you , Michael Palin! 

You truly did make my day!



Nich said...

Oooooh what a wonderful day! Thank you for taking me along, I would not have missed it for the world ;-) xxx

Trixie@ the vintage bothy said...


KC'sCourt! said...

Wish I was there!
Julie xxxxx

Josie-Mary said...

WOW!!!! Lucky you :) x

Jacqui Wise said...

I can just picture you singing and doing your silly walk in the hallway. What fun! You have a lovely way with words too. A joy to share your pictures and thoughts. Have a lovely weekend - you've made me smile!

Carol said...

How wonderful, you can sense your pleasure through every word of your post.
Carol xx

Linda Gilbert said...

Wonderful Sally -- We are lucky enough to be going to my nieces wedding there in late September.I love Dartinton Hall x

Anonymous said...

He never wanted to be a traveller or writer
He wanted to be a .....

dosierosie said...

What a great post, it's always nice to meet someone you admire isn't it.

Anonymous said...

And NO!
My wife is NOT a bit of a goer
Nudge nudge ;-)