Where we should be VS. Where we are…

Dave here…

Hello, Hello, can you hear me at the back?
One of life’s great ponderances and sometimes obsessions can be “Where we should be, or Where we are”.

At least.. I have felt that from time to time. Maybe it started while I was at school, or perhaps it became ingrained as the years went by. You know when you reach a certain age and you should have achieved this, or done that.

Strange really, because these are all ‘man made’ goals or targets.

Clearly we’re going deep here, but I would just add that time will pass whatever, and as sure as the Sun rises and sets each given day, we can only do so much, and thats about as natural as it gets.

So where should I be now… well if the planets had all lined up correctly and the moon was in its right phase, the place would be Glastonbury Festival!

Yes the festival season is here, and yet there are no live festivals happening. But 2016 was a different matter. Barbara and I went and had the best time.

You see in my youth I was an avid festival goer, yes, before they became mainly corporate events and although Glastonbury Festival has become a huge, huge event, it is unique.
There are so many live stages and different areas to arouse the senses, that you can only really take in so much. Added to which of course you want to see your favourite bands and artists.

Now 2016 was one of the wettest years on record at the festival. So whilst dodging the rain storms Barbara and I went off to the The Green Fields, an area which has just about everything that you can imagine going on! Including Basket Weaving and Spoon Carving, no don’t laugh, it really was brilliant.

Initially we went into these tents to get out of the incessant rain, but before you could say knife, we were doing it. Whittling Spoons and Barb was weaving baskets!

You meet some amazing characters, some a little unconventional maybe, but I love the diversity!

For me though, the greatest thing about this festival has to be the feeling of community or oneness. A whole big bunch of humanity, maybe one hundred and twenty thousand people. 120,000 and that is a low estimate! There is really very little trouble and I guess that’s what makes it so special.

Let me indulge here and share some photos of some of the acts we saw/heard that year. Can you name them?
A £20 gift voucher to you, dear reader, if you can name all of them!

A little clue for the first picture, they have headlined Glastonbury three times, on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.


Simply send your answers to david@claritystamp.com to enter.
Your names will then go into the draw with the lucky winner being announced next Wednesday (24/6/2020).

Finally, we got tickets for the following year which was also amazing (and hot) made even more special by our good friends Wendy and Steve Thorburn, who came to the town of Glastonbury one night to meet up, and have Fish and Chips with us. I have to mention this. They are special x

So now to.. ”Where we are’’

We are still in the Covid 19/Corona Virus pandemic. Life will probably never be the same again.

But we are, or at least I believe it to be so, exactly where we are supposed to be. Sometimes you just have to ‘trust the process’, and accept what is.

Because the Sun will rise tomorrow!

Peace and love, Dave.

11 thoughts on “Where we should be VS. Where we are…

  • 17th June 2020 at 10:25 am

    Peace and love to you and yours David and thanks for sharing the above. Great pictures.

  • 17th June 2020 at 12:07 pm

    Hi Dave – a fascinating insight into the “other” lives of Barb & Dave……. personally, festivals have never been my thing but you certainly described a different view of what I always imagined music festivals to be i.e. noisy, messy, muddy etc etc – I loved your blog and Thankyou……. Beryl (Sheppard) x

  • 17th June 2020 at 2:23 pm

    There is a lot of music online, Dave. Royal Albert Home has had some great concerts from homes e.g. Kaiser Chiefs, David Ford and KT Tunstall, all for a donation. Like you, I think we are where we should be and I hope we take the opportunity to change things for the better.

  • 17th June 2020 at 7:30 pm

    Thanks for the glimpse of your life outside Clarity.
    I’m afraid I can’t enter competition, I’m a complete numpty when it comes to music.
    Glad you enjoyed it.

  • 17th June 2020 at 8:25 pm

    Dave, I’m loving your blogs! Didn’t think we’d get a mention in one so that was funny to see! They were great fish and chips weren’t they? It was such a lovely evening, we always have a laugh don’t we. Wxx

  • 17th June 2020 at 10:27 pm

    Enjoyed your blog today, Dave. Re who the artists are: Not a Scooby! I recognise the guy with the hat but that’s as far as it goes! Lol. I have never been ate a music festival but loved the idea of doing basket weaving! I would never have thought that was an option. I think we are where we should be, too, and kinda hope we are here for a while to come!! Keep up the good work and stay safe. Hx

    • 18th June 2020 at 5:31 am

      I love live music but couldn’t cope with the crowds and mud at a festival. I know a couple of artists and could guess at the first one, but no idea on 2 of the others. Great photos and memories though – thanks for sharing x

  • 17th June 2020 at 11:27 pm

    Great blog and love the photos -but haven’t a single clue who any of them are -I have never been a great music fan (though I like classical music) and after the Beatles, I don’t know more than a handful of singers!! But I enjoyed my Glastonbury visit this evening. Many thanks.

  • 17th June 2020 at 11:50 pm

    Just come to bed and reading your blog, coincidentally they’re talking about Glastonbury on Radio 5 Live as I was reading it. Never been and never had the inclination but love watching bits and pieces on tv. I can’t be doing with mud ! thanks for the insight x

  • 19th June 2020 at 1:59 pm

    I love your blogs Dave. I know how much goes into them, and I love that you care enough to JFDI.
    I love you . Barb xxx

  • 20th June 2020 at 12:12 pm

    Great Blog and pictures Dave. I really want to go to Glastonbury but always miss the tickets! so settle on watching it on TV. I must admit I am always delighted to be at home when I see the rain and mud! I’ve done rain and mud all my life with my Horses and farm up until 15 years ago and didn’t have the choice, but now I do and am very happy not to get cold, wet and muddy these days! – Back in my early days I was a huge Diana Ross fan and have never been able to see her live, so was absolutely gutted that I missed her at Glastonbury. I am now poised to get tickets for her upcoming tour next year in the UK as it maybe my last ever chance!
    I like what Barbara says too, You can only control what you can control. It sounds like you are a little more laid back about things though! A good influence on us anxious ones!


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