Having been such a hermit for the first half of this year, it’s really important for me to celebrate the change in how I feel about engaging with the world again. A couple of months ago I had neither the energy nor the desire to do anything much at all; everything was such a huge effort and just getting myself to work and back used up every ounce of will-power I had. Having any kind of social life was unthinkable. Now, doing things feels normal, which is the best feeling of all.
Today was the Croxley Revels, the midsummer fete on The Green in the village I grew up in. I’ve been going pretty much my whole life. When I was little I was in the procession a few times, being one of Robin Hood’s Merry Men was a notable highlight! These days the procession is much much smaller, but there are still plenty of stalls on The Green.
This year my eldest nice was running her own stall to help her fund-raising efforts for next year’s World Scout Jamboree, there were the traditional hoopla and crockery smash, cake stalls aplenty, a couple of BBQs – and my highlights, a second hand bookstall and a petting farm. I got to play with goats and pygmy goats and found a Barbara Cartland novel on the bookstall so my day was nigh-on perfect!
Here are some photos of the day.