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1 hour ago, stuartbert two hats said:

I'd love to watch a video of them all convoying in. Must be great to watch them all arrive.

Great to look at. Not so great when you're stuck amongst them trying to get down the A37 on the Sunday before! haha!

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42 minutes ago, dotdash79 said:

I would rather be on the inside of the festival in the rain and mud, than on the outside in the sunshine and dry grass.

Out of upvotes but you've nailed this. Greatest place in the world! I've never been more excited.

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How the hell has this thread gone to page two?? Surely this is the most important thread in Efests?? 

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1 minute ago, Curlygirl said:

How the hell has this thread gone to page two?? Surely this is the most important thread in Efests?? 

cos efests is just ridiculously busy ... im struggling  to keep up today :) 

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2 minutes ago, Curlygirl said:

How the hell has this thread gone to page two?? Surely this is the most important thread in Efests?? 

Now it’s so obviously it’s going to be sunny and dry this thread is obsolete.

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Left site ten minutes ago. Will try and post properly when I get home.. 

Brief summary, it's going to be fine. All good. 2016 repeat highly unlikely.  A few muddy bits in high traffic areas but everywhere else   I looked lovely and firm. Happy days.

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@Sawdusty Surfer thank you. I am sat at work, reading this beside someone who knows you, and that has made my nightshift. Not expecting flip flop weather, but if it's firm and only patchy mud, I for one am HAPPY.

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8 minutes ago, Sawdusty Surfer said:

Hurrah, home again.

Driving from Red Gate through site up to the CN Field the tracks were dry and actually dusty in places. There were patches of mus on the verges by the tracks but they were clearly where vehicles went off the track and caused deep depressions which were compacted and collected water which was unable to drain due to the compaction. There was also a thin smear of mud outside Maceos at the bottom of The railway line bank which is to be expected as it is under the canopy of trees and so gets no direct sun.

We arrived at the CN field and parked on the track to say hi to Sally (Glastonbury Royalty, Field coordinator and gorgeous) and to ask her where to dump our stuff and which route to take across her pristine field. She said that as long as we avoided her drilled through water main area we'd be fine.

Drove a fully laden Transit towing a fully laden 2.75 tonne trailer across the grass to our pitch with no wheel spin. Result. That pretty much sums up the state of the ground. Slightly damp but right now I have no concerns whatsoever. Looking at the various different weather forecasts I'm confidant that eevrything will be fine. OK, no heatwave but it isn't looking to me that it will be unpleasant. 

It's all good man. (Sorry for the BB ref :) )

 

Out of upvotes! 👏🏻 

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3 hours ago, Sawdusty Surfer said:

 

(BTW, from now on I am going to respect the new policy of the festival which asks people not to post spoilers of what is being built on site so as not to spoil the surprise. I do normally view many rules and indeed laws as mere guidelines but in this case they do have me onboard.)

Pic below is in the shade at the bottom of a bank outside Maceo's

 

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That track looks great, even better than last Sunday. 

im with you on the spoilers Dusty. This year I think there is lots for even the veteran Festival person to get excited about.

as today ( Wednesday) saw no rain and a nice breeze this has really helped the site. I think this is the weather ( plus warmer temperatures) for the next few days so the site should be in top notch by Sunday when the traffic ramps up.

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22 minutes ago, deebeedoobee said:

 

That track looks great, even better than last Sunday. 

im with you on the spoilers Dusty. This year I think there is lots for even the veteran Festival person to get excited about.

as today ( Wednesday) saw no rain and a nice breeze this has really helped the site. I think this is the weather ( plus warmer temperatures) for the next few days so the site should be in top notch by Sunday when the traffic ramps up.

Out of upvotes but love you Dee. X

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A glorious sunrise this morning as well. A good solid baking right from the start hopefully without any fog or overcast skies to get in the way 

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Just now, deebeedoobee said:

This is Pilton just now. What a gorgeous morning. Gonna be a beautiful day.

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Looks smashing! Thank you for all your updates. 

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Just now, CaledonianGonzo said:

Actually now wishing it was this weekend.

Wouldn’t it!! So far it would have been an awesome start to the festival. We’ve had no rain and it’s starting to get warmer. The weekend is promised to be the perfect temperature. 

Ah well, we can just cross out fingers and toes and hope we get what we want next weeek.

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6 hours ago, Sawdusty Surfer said:

Hurrah, home again.

Driving from Red Gate through site up to the CN Field the tracks were dry and actually dusty in places. There were patches of mud on the verges by the tracks but they were clearly where vehicles went off the track and caused deep depressions which were compacted and collected water which was unable to drain due to the compaction. There was also a thin smear of mud outside Maceos at the bottom of The railway line bank which is to be expected as it is under the canopy of trees and so gets no direct sun.

 

We arrived at the CN field and parked on the track to say hi to Sally (Glastonbury Royalty, Field coordinator and gorgeous) and to ask her where to dump our stuff and which route to take across her pristine field. She said that as long as we avoided her drilled through water main area we'd be fine.

Drove a fully laden Transit towing a fully laden 2.75 tonne trailer across the grass to our pitch with no wheel spin. Result. That pretty much sums up the state of the ground. Slightly damp but right now I have no concerns whatsoever. Looking at the various different weather forecasts I'm confidant that eevrything will be fine. OK, no heatwave but it isn't looking to me that it will be unpleasant. 

Interestingly the grass seems to be an inch or maybe an inch and a half longer than usual. Maybe cut longer so that it wil draw more moisture out of the ground and also create a slighty more solid mat if the ground deteriorates a little?

It's all good man. (Sorry for the BB ref :) )

(BTW, from now on I am going to respect the new policy of the festival which asks people not to post spoilers of what is being built on site so as not to spoil the surprise. I do normally view many rules and indeed laws as mere guidelines but in this case they do have me onboard.)

Pic below is in the shade at the bottom of a bank outside Maceo's. 

 

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Drilled through water main? 

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6 hours ago, Sawdusty Surfer said:

Hurrah, home again.

Driving from Red Gate through site up to the CN Field the tracks were dry and actually dusty in places. There were patches of mud on the verges by the tracks but they were clearly where vehicles went off the track and caused deep depressions which were compacted and collected water which was unable to drain due to the compaction. There was also a thin smear of mud outside Maceos at the bottom of The railway line bank which is to be expected as it is under the canopy of trees and so gets no direct sun.

 

We arrived at the CN field and parked on the track to say hi to Sally (Glastonbury Royalty, Field coordinator and gorgeous) and to ask her where to dump our stuff and which route to take across her pristine field. She said that as long as we avoided her drilled through water main area we'd be fine.

Drove a fully laden Transit towing a fully laden 2.75 tonne trailer across the grass to our pitch with no wheel spin. Result. That pretty much sums up the state of the ground. Slightly damp but right now I have no concerns whatsoever. Looking at the various different weather forecasts I'm confidant that eevrything will be fine. OK, no heatwave but it isn't looking to me that it will be unpleasant. 

Interestingly the grass seems to be an inch or maybe an inch and a half longer than usual. Maybe cut longer so that it wil draw more moisture out of the ground and also create a slighty more solid mat if the ground deteriorates a little?

It's all good man. (Sorry for the BB ref :) )

(BTW, from now on I am going to respect the new policy of the festival which asks people not to post spoilers of what is being built on site so as not to spoil the surprise. I do normally view many rules and indeed laws as mere guidelines but in this case they do have me onboard.)

Pic below is in the shade at the bottom of a bank outside Maceo's. 

 

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Looks amazing! Cheers!

Was the testing leg the bionic one? If so also looking good! 

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7 hours ago, Sawdusty Surfer said:

We arrived at the CN field and parked on the track to say hi to Sally (Glastonbury Royalty, Field coordinator and gorgeous) and to ask her where to dump our stuff and which route to take across her pristine field. She said that as long as we avoided her drilled through water main area we'd be fine.

 

Cheers for the update, all looking good. 

I met Sally a couple of weeks ago (CN provide the tent for our work summer party and I was helping set up). She is so bloody lovely! 

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1 hour ago, deebeedoobee said:

Wouldn’t it!! So far it would have been an awesome start to the festival. We’ve had no rain and it’s starting to get warmer. The weekend is promised to be the perfect temperature. 

Ah well, we can just cross out fingers and toes and hope we get what we want next weeek.

Forecast from now up to end of festival has improved greatly since I went to bed last night.

Have faith in the Big Dog. 

I am beginning to fall in love with him a little bit.

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11 hours ago, Wickedfaerie said:

Great to look at. Not so great when you're stuck amongst them trying to get down the A37 on the Sunday before! haha!

I've got a family meal at the Crossways in North Wootton on Sunday... How long should I give myself to arrive from Shepton?!

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1 minute ago, JoeyT said:

I've got a family meal at the Crossways in North Wootton on Sunday... How long should I give myself to arrive from Shepton?!

Just remember that the road from Pilton A361 to north Wootton (just by the crown pub) is closed to all except village pass holders. I'm not sure when this comes into force but security set up on Saturday.  I'll check my paperwork and see what it says.

You are probably best going to wells and coming into Wootton from that direction as traders won't use that road so much.

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