Just beginning to try solid food again after a pretty much liquid diet last week (and trying to care about work too). But I have to say I enjoyed Sidmouth this year every bit as much as I expected to. The weather put more than a dampner on the beginning of the week, and I think it made for a few fractious people, including a brief fracas in the main bar of the Bedford, during which my guitar went sideways, as did my pint (I was out of the room at the time, it was just happening near where I was sat). All quickly dealt with and soon put behind us.
But apart from the fight, losing my wallet, sleeping in a puddle in my tent, wading through a bog to get on and off the campsite, I couldn't have had a better year. Grand meeting up with some good old friends (Hi John B! and anyone else here whose MC name I don't know) listening to beautiful songs & tunes and generally having a time of it.
Just to come back on Mrs Annie's point that some people "turn up, take over the pubs, and give nothing back." I feel that although I never get to any concerts, my bank statement can surely attest to the fact that I gave plenty to Sidmouth traders (most of which probably goes ultimately to the Guinness brewery I grant you!), and I did everyone a favour by only singing a couple of times all week.
I'm not sure that the bar staff at the Bedford & the Swan'll read this but they did a fantastic job all week, with good humour, so I'd like to thank them albeit indirectly.