Post the Gardens, we went along to the amazing Scarr Bandstand for an open air concert (the link will take you to clips). Brilliant to lie on a rug in the warmth, catch up with several friends (the Forest is like that) and listen to some outstanding, foot tapping brass band music. A tradition which stays strong here and great to see so many young people coming through. My daughter-in-law said she felt like she was in a '50s movie (again, the Forest can be like that).
As house renovations are hotting up, that will be the last of visitors for months, I suspect. External painting is done, David is in his home office (we WhatsApp), and lots happening now on the inside, including stripping (5 layers of) old paper and painting and skimming artex ceilings. It will be lovely - eventually.
Forest Books and Crafts is open
On Saturday 16th July, the Forest gained a bookshop once more, the opening honours done by two well known local authors, Shoo Raynor and Andrew Taylor. A fun, hot, event. Tina and her husband are doing a great job there, so if you're local, please visit them in Market Place, Coleford. Sammy's Walks is, as ever, selling well, but I'm thrilled to have also sold a couple of books!
Summer in the Forest
Means lots of activities, and on the same weekend the bookshop opened, members of Dean Writers Circle spread themselves among various events, some of us squeezing in two, or even three. It was great to be back at Jolter's Cider Pub in Mitcheldean for an afternoon of poetry readings, some amusing, some chilling, all from prize-winning local poets.
Book news - find your next read!
Keepers is sharing its title with some forty other women's fiction contemporary and historical novels in this promotion. Have a browse, see what takes your fancy. Amazon UK still has Keepers kindle version for a mere £1.99, so if you haven't already grabbed a copy now's a good time.