Phew, what a weekend! We just celebrated our annual FAB festival in Middlewich, also known as Folk and Boat. Our little town comes alive, the boaters arrive, and this year the fields were reduced to mud. Seriously, we didn’t need Glastonbury, we just visited the main stage for FAB and tried not to get sucked in. There has been a lot of rain so far this June in the UK, a complete reversal of the heatwave we had in 2018, and I have to say I prefer it this way. I do not cope well in extreme heat, but I can handle a bit of rain (or a lot, in this case). Middlewich FAB is a great family festival, with lots of live bands, visiting Morris dancers, street performers, circus acts and lots of activities. There is a lot to pack in to one weekend, let me tell you.
Now, I felt a bit discombobulated on Saturday, because I missed the parade that opens the festival. I had to take my youngest daughter to a birthday party, which she thoroughly enjoyed. My daughters and I have participated in the Folk and Boat festival parade with our dance school for the past five years, although I must admit sometimes it is more for my benefit than theirs. I love an excuse to dress up and parade around. I used to participate in our town festival when I was a child, aided by my Grandad, who was always involved in community events. It must be in my blood, because now I feel that I need to do more. Anyway, I still managed to enjoy the floating market, the Grand Union Canal Entertainment Company, I sampled Stokie Oatcake Gin from Barge-In Booze, and I heard bits of music from the bands as we walked around. It was a fabulously busy and fun weekend!
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