Well the weather may not have given any clue to the season, nevertheless we can easily tell that summer time is here. We have the Chelsea Flower Show this week – the ultimate in inspirational/aspirational homecraft lifestyle modelling – then next week we have the Hay Book Festival (the intellectual equivalent of the Chelsea Flower Show). The next week we have the Stella Artois – lead up to the defining festival of summer – yes – Wimbledon.
I love to watch each of these events. They make me feel summery. I don’t ever visit a garden centre. I only know the names of the most common of flowers. Weeds usually populate my garden although occasionally I feel moved to throw weedkiller around willy-nilly.
As for books – I am, of course, an avid bookclub member (this is mainly for Speccy’s approval!!!!)! To be honest – I really do love reading although I get less time to do it than I would choose – and I have even been to a number of book readings by published authors over the years. At some stage I would love to get to Hay at book festival time. To wander, explore, listen to readings….
As for tennis – well – I can’t see the ball as it flies past me and would certainly not have the energy to chase it even if I could see it.
The Stella Artois? Well it would be great to see a top class, hardcore (I’m talking surface here!!!) event. But … the prize would certainly be to get to the event of the year (for a non football fan!!!)
For there really is no competition here – is there? Wimbledon just has such allure, such magic, such performances.
Maybe sometime, when I become more deeply involved in the world of corporate entertaining I will be swanning around in a celebrity box, being fed strawberries, cream and champagne on tap.
Until then – I am easily satisfied. I enjoy watching these events on TV. As I tell myself – I probably get a much better view of the action from my own living room than having to stand in the cold, behind crowds of people, barely able to catch a glimpse of the flower/author/player.
And – the other thing – gridlocked traffic (the story of Belfast rush hour traffic tonight) holds no alarm. All these events are available on iplayer, or are repeated later in the evening. So – no worries about missing out on summer!