Bristol was a real treat. I’d never been before and was lucky enough to stay with a great friend, Mike, just before he packed up and headed to a new life in Spain. He knows the town like the back of his hand and we spend several days touring round all the interesting and alternative spots that he thought might take my fancy........
|Clifton Suspension Bridge|
|Eco hamlet in central Bristol|
|they even stick pencils in the road outside schools!!|
|Gaudi style community restaurant|
|Shaun the sheep was everywhere - on tour|
Then off to see Simon, another host with a stunning wooden house and fascinating gardens just out of town. A short visit but definitely worthwhile and someone I hope to meet up with again. His home was an inspiration to home made, lifestyle similarly put together and outlook on life coming from the same sort of place as me. Along with two other helpers we had a terrific time, ate the most amazing vegan, mainly raw, feasts and put the world to rights.
|my home for the week|
|hand made home|
|a pizza rocket stove|
|inside the wooden yurt|
|with a mezzanine bedroom space|
|grow it all together garden|
|brilliant use of digger tracks|
My return, through Bristol was timed for Bristol Pride. Stayed with Mike again. I hadn’t been on a Pride march since the 90’s in London and was pleasantly surprised with the size and efficacy of the event. The march, complete with banners, music and chanting took us through the centre of town, including a shopping centre! culminating in a canal side park with stands, stalls and a couple of stages hosting various acts. The main stage, rather mainstream and modern for my tastes so I tended towards the alternative stage, with drag acts singing the old favourites, encouraging audience participation and plenty of the usual acid humour thrown in for good measure. We ate drank and enjoyed the acts, scenery and spectacle of the day before heading back for a couple of hours shut eye before heading out clubbing. The things one misses without realising. I had thought that my clubbing days were long gone, but no. I thoroughly enjoyed myself, dancing the night away through to four or so in the morning. Unlike days gone by, I was fuelled with mineral water and lemonade this time so woke up the next morning almost as bright as a button, vowing not to let it be so long again before I hit the dance floor again.