So…what did I get up to at #notgb19?
– I enjoyed breakfast delivered to my ‘tent.’ (You don’t get room service at the real thing, you know!)
– Viewed all kinds of quirky art installations- and tried my hand at a few myself. Have you ever spruced up a three-legged sheep?
– Enjoyed gluten-free scones at one cafe and luscious coffee cake at another whilst watching the swans go by.
– A bowl of homemade popcorn and the latest copy of The Big Issue; what could be better!
– That pop-pop boat was fun to play with, even if it didn’t quite pick up speed.
– Early morning birdwatching on the ‘campsite.’
– Camels! Well..one camel in my version of #notgb19.
– Church, the bricks and mortar type, with an unintended Greenbelt twist.
– Here’s one I made earlier…at my own art journaling workshop.
– Joining in with other Not Greenbelters across the time zones in saying the Daily Office
– Reading about all the weird and wonderful things other folk were up to at Not Greenbelt.
and much, much more.
Would I do it all again? Yes! (Though I would like to get back to the festival itself next year). Still, given that I just didn’t feel well enough to cope with the delights of greenfield camping this summer, it was a lovely way of ‘being’ in the Greenbelt spirit with other like-minded souls. I’d wondered at first if ‘doing’ a virtual festival might seem artificial (and I’m not entirely sure if I ‘get’ Twitter!). But as the weekend wore on I was surprised at how right and grounding it felt. I wasn’t deliberately seeking out activities that I could tweet about, (well ok, there were a couple!), yet I had an increasing sense of slowing down and being more intentional about my daily routine, savouring my experiences and yes, a sense of energy and of celebration.
A sense of God. A fun-loving and compassionate God. All minus the physical strain, disturbed nights, and damp feet! Not forgetting portaloos…Greenbelters will know what I’m talking about!
So thanks to the fellow GB volunteer who first suggested I try #notgb in case she reads this. And to Graham Hartland and co for founding it in the first place.