Sunday 13 April 2014

Fforganisers assemble

Well, last week we had our ffirst Fforganiser meeting in a while. I'm sure you'll all be pleased to know that I got my cheese and marmite panini without incident.  It was the last one, but I didn't have to rugby tackle anybody to get it or anything.

It was good to see that the toast and battenburg are still by the till in Starbucks, though I'm not sure that the staff know what they are doing there - one of them gave me a very weak smile when I said "Ooooh, look, the battenburg is still there!"

Anyway those of us present (neither Elizabeth nor Derek could make it) went through the proposed timetable.  From reading the feedback I think that there may be some relief to hear that I will be simplifying the codes and ciphers part of the event.  They will still be there, but more of an optional extra.  We will also still be doing the scavenger hunt, but the clues won't be encoded.  The ffete will be back, bigger and better than ever, so you'll still have the opportunity to gorge yourselves on cake and win a greased pig (or something) and we may be morris dancing again.

We have, however decided to retire some of the more longstanding events...maybe not forever but they won't be making an appearance next time, so farewell lobster space invaders and name that fruit, goodbye bus tour....

Well, although I say goodbye bus tour we will be having a VIRTUAL bus tour, all the fun and none of the motion sickness. The wonders of Swindon without having to leave the hotel... and Derek will still be selling ice creams.

We also have several new ideas so watch this space...

Sunday 6 April 2014

Ooooh, look, a Zombie blog!

Dead for ages and now come back to life!  BRAINS! BRAIIIIINS!

I bet you all thought I'd forgotten this blog, or at least given up on it, didn't you?

Well, if I'm honest I don't suppose any of you had given it a moment's thought since it last popped up, but I like to think that there was somebody out there waiting for the next post and sighing extravagantly when it failed to appear yet again.

Anyway, the reason I have revived it is because my life as a Fforganiser is about to spring forth renewed!  Or to put it less dramatically today we are having our first  Fforganiser's meeting for the (ffanffare  please) grand tenth anniversary Ffiesta to be held in May 2015.  I'm really looking forward to it- the Ffiesta that is, not the meeting, though I expect that will be ffun too and it will be nice to see everybody again, and indulge in a cheese and marmite panini with my ffellows.   Anyway we will try to make it extra specially extra special, crammed with the return of old ffavourites plus some new things.

One of the best things about the Ffiesta (one of the best things?!  It's all best things) is the way people come back year after year and have made some real ffriendships.  There is a hardy core of us who have attended every one and I think that deserves a medal....

I will report back after my trip to Swindon....

On a related note TJ and I were very excited at the Farmers Market yesterday to spot some lobsters.  We even won a prize (though sadly not for the lobster spotting)