It was not a great start to the weekend. All geared up for Bus Types, the forecast was grim on Friday morning. Periods of grey, wet nothingness, punctuated by biblical downpours and snow. We took a view to pack the van and head off first thing Saturday morning, as the forecast for the rest of the weekend was good.
At 10.30 pm, just as Gaz packed the last box into the van, I took a call from Sophie, a Bus Types rep.
“Have you set off yet?” she asked, “cos if you haven’t, I would recommend you don’t come.”
With tales of traders being towed on site and off again, due to waterlogged ground, which would require days of blazing sunshine to recover, we reluctantly admitted defeat. To top it all off, I developed a sudden and extremely painful toothache. With a sense of foreboding that only a trip to an emergency dentist can bring, I topped my glass up and hoped for the best. Hard liquor might just see it off.
The view that greeted us - bleary eyed - early on Saturday morning, was enough to cause snow blindness! The weather was definitely living up to the apocalyptic warnings. On the plus side, the toothache had subsided to a more manageable level.
At a loose end on Saturday with a van full to the brim of Voodoo Street stock which should have been unleashed on the unsuspecting revellers at Bus Types, we felt a little jaded. This wasn’t helped by photos emerging on social media, with blue-sky backdrops, of a pretty good turn out in spite of the adverse ground conditions. One point to note is be very careful how you search for “Bus Types” images on Google. One small slip with the keys and some pretty alternative images pop up!
Time to count our blessings and make the most of some time off.
Last week we sold one of our beloved barrel boards. Never intended for retail, they were made with love and always draw attention on the VW circuit, so I suppose it was only a matter of time before we caved and agreed to sell one.
This vintage oak beauty is on its way to a discerning customer as I write.
I also had some time to engage with cyber friends on social media. Working so closely with Gaz from home, it’s easy to become detached from the big wide world. Sometimes that’s a good thing, but it can be quite insular at times. The awesome thing about Instagram is the immediate connection you can make with other creative, like-minded nutters! Social media is like a virtual office to me, so I had an exchange with the lovely @Janie_evo, randomly, about sphinx cats and wiled away some time googling these fascinating creatures.
I managed to squeeze in an hour's shopping at a local emporium I've recently fallen in love with, which is like stepping back into a way cooler era. On Saturday it was bursting at the seams with the usual suspects, pineapple ice buckets and vinyl collections, but I also spotted rolls of Flash Gordon wall paper circa 1981 and these playing cards, which I bagged for our road trips.
An impromptu basketball session in glorious sunshine finished off our Saturday and then we kicked back with pizza, a movie and a few jars.
Sunday we took a little road trip into the Shropshire countryside and admired the gleaming scooters grouped in Ludlow Market Square. This one caught my eye, as it payed homage to one of my favourite TV series, Life on Mars.
Later on when we lamented our lost weekend in Oswestry, one of our mates sent us this photo, which kind of says it all really.
We’ve put it behind us now and are crossing everything for a smooth run at Derbyshire Dubs in a few weeks’ time.