How lucky am I? I live in an area of outstanding natural beauty which is just a stone’s throw away from The Edinburgh Fringe and International Festival, I can indulge in our own Creative Peebles Festival right on my own doorstep and Beyond Borders International Festival is mere spitting distance away at Traquair. It seems as if the world comes to me to share the Scottish sky of skeeting clouds and blue heavens promising to come out of hiding if you wait long enough.
This summer there were no trips away or exotic holidays, but I was lucky enough to see a great production of Ionesco’s Rhinoceros and the upbeat and cleverly staged Adam by Frances Poet, both international in flavour and apt for today. I spent yesterday and today at Beyond Borders listening to remarkable people talking about human rights and seemingly intractable world issues and making those issues so very human. The talented Barbara Dixon provided lunchtime tunes on Saturday and Raj talked us through a wonderful yogic start to the day. Traquair grounds are chilled and friendly.
I’ve bought books at the Edinburgh Book Festival but haven’t had a chance to open them. So, I restrained myself from purchasing at the Beyond Borders festival, fearing I may never hoover the house again as I indulge my nose and eyes in flipping page after page. It has been a good weekend.
I spent a day with the Playwrights’ Studio doing workshops and socialising with others interested in theatre. And then there was the Edinburgh Art Festival 2017 day spent among other keen writers. August has been indulgent.
My weekend earlier in August with the Go Big Women’s Activity Group was entirely different. I’m all for variety and challenge in life. I just wish my knees were younger! We could all do with indulging ourselves more often.