Joining the Journey

The van I slept in has no windows so when I woke up in this morning I had no idea what sort of day it was. I sent Leftwing Idiot a text to say I was awake and he came to help me get up. He opened the door and sunlight flooded in. There was no doubt this was going to be a beautiful day. “Well done nature.”

Poppy and I set off with Leftwing Idiot, Nez and stills photographer Laura for a day’s filming. Our first stop was a campsite near Wookey Hole to meet and film a viola player. While Leftwing Idiot, Nez and Laura were busy with that Poppy and I walked across the field to a nearby clearing to sit and enjoy the views – and to avoid the recording of the viola being interrupted by me ticcing. On our way back Poppy said “I don’t need to worry about you when you drop down out here, because I know you’re not going to hurt yourself.”

We bought a picnic lunch in Glastonbury and headed up Glastonbury Tor to eat it. Climbing the Tor wasn’t easy for me or for Leftwing Idiot who was holding me up. But I was very pleased to have made it safely to the top where the view was stunning.

It took quite a while to find the next location, a healing centre. I stayed outside with the car. There was an oak tree nearby and the acorns falling from it were hitting the ground with considerable force. The road was strewn with them. While I waited I started lazily to line the acorns up on a circular water-mains cover.

This soon turned into one of the biggest tests of my perseverance in a long time. I had to concentrate really hard because each time I got them lined up I’d tic and knock a load over. I reckon I re-built the pattern more than fifty times. I finished over an hour later just as the film crew were coming back to the car.

We met up with Jade briefly in a car park with surreal speaking toilets and then headed off to Worthy Farm, home of the Glastonbury Festival.

As the day drew to a close we sat under the skeleton of the Pyramid Stage looking out over shadowy fields. To the tune of Auld Lang Syne Tourettes sang “I laser gunned your mum tonight, I laser gunned your mum.”

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