Scones and Celebrities

It’s late, I’m knackered, I doubt if I’ll ever dry out, my feet ache, and I will never be a camper. BUT – I’ve had a hell of a good time at CountryFile Live at Castle Howard yesterday and today.

This post is shorter than normal, and later than normal – I’ve been a bit busy.

As a National Trust volunteer, I was given the opportunity to volunteer at CountryFlie Live this weekend and, well, why not?

I’d made the decision to not even think about having a holiday. So the opportunity of a weekend away, with free camping (and mileage paid) wasn’t to be missed.

I don’t do camping…

But, I bought a tent (Halford’s, £15), found my elderly sleeping bag at the back of the cupboard, filled a back pack and headed off.

An early start – I needed to allow time to get parked and walk to the National Trust Theatre in time for an 8am briefing. And if I managed a coffee before we started, so much the better.

The weather forecast wasn’t good. Not good at all. Extremely wet on the Friday, then damp and showery on the Saturday – so Saturday night looked likely to be a tad damp in a sleeping bag. I resigned myself to being soggy for two days straight.

My job was in the Theatre – checking tickets, getting them in, getting them out. Charlotte Smith of Country File hosted a series of chats and discussions featuring (amongst others) Anita Rani, John Craven, Lindsey Russel, Hannah Cockroft and Carol Klein.

It was our job to get everyone into the 200-seater theatre in time, and get them out again (bearing in mind everyone wanted a photo opportunity with their celebrity of choice). We had our own photo opportunities – there are perks to every job!!

Actually, there were several perks – free scones at the end of the day (for the removal of doubt, these were scons, not scoans), limitless coffee, free lunch, mileage, the opportunity to meet loads of interesting people and…

A free ride on a traditional carousel. At the end of the last day, our esteemed leader arranged for us all to have a ride on the carousel, en masse. It drew a crowd.

I absolutely did not enjoy the camping part – but the rest of the weekend more than made up for it. Anyone want to buy a tent??

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10 Comments Add yours

  1. gosforthgirl says:

    As a fellow Northerner I applaud your use for the word `scons` and not `scoans`! Hurrah!

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  2. Why would you call them anything else!!

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  3. oldhowie says:

    Sounds like a good time sis (except the camping) I’ve spent many times camping at Robin Hoods Bay, the rain, the , the damp clothes and the beer, you can’t beat it ! (When you are young)

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    1. I seriously don’t get it – there are no redeeming features whatsoever!! Watch out for the next post – might be camping-related…


  4. elizabeth28263 says:

    Err, I have to disagree … I’m a ‘scoans’ gal and a fellow Northerner – I know, I know, shocking!! 😉 I remember John Craven from Newsround – great programme. It’s looks like it was a great event and the carousel ride was a good way to end your weekend.

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    1. It’s OK Elizabeth28263 – we can agree to disagree… Yes, I remember Newsround too. It first aired in 1972, so I would have been 11/12. Because it was on before the ‘grown-ups’ ‘ New at 6, stories often broke on Newsround first!! He celebrated his 79th birthday on Friday.


  5. anglosvizzera says:

    Well I’m going with ‘scons’. My mother, originally from County Durham also called them ‘scons’ – but she did work ‘in service’ ending up in a posh bloke’s house in Surrey, so maybe that’s what they called them. However, if served with jam and cream, there’s also the ongoing debate about which to put on first… We live near the Devon border (the inhabitants of which favour the cream first, I think – but in Cornwall it’s the other way around, which seems more logical to me as it’s easier to spread cream on jam than vice versa…)

    As for camping – I absolutely loved camping when I was a Girl Guide, rain, storms – bring it on! We had old-fashioned tents with a separate ground sheet and every morning we had to raise the sides of the tents to dry out the ‘sod cloth’ (a bit of sackcloth that tucked under the ground sheet). Our loo facility was a bucket (of blue liquid) with a wooden loo seat on top, housed in a roofless 4-sided square latrine tent that you could just about fit into – and we had to dig a large hole somewhere distant to empty the contents into on a daily basis. But I don’t think I’d even fancy ‘glamping’ these days! If it’s so comfortable, why even bother to holiday in a tent at all?

    Great perk for volunteering though – sounds like you really had a good time, despite all!

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    1. There’ll be more about camping in the next post…


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