It’s festival time!

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Last week marked the start of The Edinburgh Fringe Festival which I just discovered is the largest arts festival in the world, who knew? Last year the festival had a record-breaking 2542 shows staging a mind boggling 41 689 performances and this year aims to top that. Unbelievable! With so much going on I couldn’t bare to miss out on all the excitement so I headed on through on Saturday to see an old favourite of mine, Tim Vine perform at the Pleasance theatre.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Mr Vine, (where the heck have you been?!) he’s the man with a million and one jokes for literally every occasion. What do you call a stack of hay inside a church?…Christian Bale! Zing! This year he was revisiting the Tim Vine Chat Show where he interviewed folk from the audience including a mechanic who forgot to tighten a wheel onto a car and the youngest audience member at only 8 days old – that kid is bound to grow up to be incredibly funny. Anyway, I hear it’s almost all sold out but if you can manage to nab yourself a ticket I’d recommend giving it a look in. I laughed ’till it hurt. Literally.

Apart from when I almost cried. Not quite, but almost. I got accosted (slight exaggeration) by a chap who was probably old enough to be my father for saving a seat for my friend. He was swearing and everything (how very un-Mabel). Dear, oh dear! You’d think a day out in Edinburgh to see Time Vine would put just about anyone in a good mood. Apparently not. Oh well I just apologised. Kill ’em with kindness, that’s what my Grandma always said!

Aside from my little jaunt to Edinburgh where I enjoyed a nice cold G&T in the sun with a great group of friends, I spent most of the weekend glued to the television watching the Olympics. And what a weekend it was for Team GB. It just seemed to be gold after gold after gold as the athletics got underway on Saturday. And it was another great day on Sunday with Andy Murray picking up gold in a highly convincing defeat of Roger Federer. Let’s hope we can keep it up for the rest of the week! Come on Great Britain, let’s go for it!

COMING UP THIS WEEK: I’m hoping that the weather improves (what the heck’s up with all this rain) as I’ll be whipping up some picnic food and picking my favourite hampers and blankets, perfect for any day out. I’ll also be hosting my very own back garden Olympics and talking beach hair and bags as I prepare for a little holiday! Get. In.

MISS IT, MISS OUT: The On:Air Contemporary Jewellery Exhibition kicks off on Friday in the Long Gallery on the 5th floor of The Lighthouse on Mitchell Lane. Pop along to see the best of Scotland’s emerging jewellery designers, including Glasgow School of Art artist in residence and a long-time friend of mine, Kirsty Fraser’s work. Get involved people, it’ll be GREAT!

Have a lovely week.


Mabel x

P.S. What else is worth seeing at The Fringe? Have you been to see something good or even better, been in something good? Comment below, I’d LOVE to hear all about it!