Last week I spent my time on a huge camping site in the South of England, more precisely in Holton Lee, which is in Dorset.
Even though it may sound strange, it was in fact a business meeting, consisting of two days for meetings, presentations and workshops, and one festival day, where we all could listen to several bands (including Afro Celt Sound System, Jackie Oates, The Imagined Village, to only mention a few), have a look at how different departments work, meet and talk to campaigning/activist groups and lots more. As there was so much going on, I only managed to snap some picture on the go – this is my final selection.
At the airport, just before we boarded the plane to London.
Animals on the plane…
More than just one…
Arrived at Heathrow airport, we had to wait for about 3hrs for our coach that would take us to the camping site.
Met our lovely Swiss colleagues, who were eagerly playing with their iPhones.
Fast forward to the camping site – this is how it looked like:
Never travel without a good amount of Manner wafers!
On the site there were a lot of different tents, where different departments showcased their work – in this one you could get your hands dirty and have a go at making products yourself.
This is how Comforter Bubble Bar is made – a big strudel, and then slices are cut off (should have shot this in colour, as the swirls are bright pink and white).
More Comforter Bubble Bar slices.
My colleague having a go at making a Ballistic.
It’s not as easy as you would think it is!
Yeah, made it!
Camera, lighter, cigarettes.
The light was gorgeous that evening…
Apart from the wonderful evening light – this is how the site looked like with all the different tents and gazebos.
More of that sunset light – just couldn’t get enough of it.
Even though you can’t tell from the pictures or the light – it got very, very cold as soon as then sun had set, as you can tell from the next two pictures. I was so glad I took my snowboard jacket with me, one night the temperature went down to 4°C – so we all basically wore all clothes we could put on at once. Right now as I’m writing this, it’s over 30°C outside, hard to imagine that I wore a winter jacket, a beanie hat, fleece jacket and several clothes layers at once just a few days ago.
The cold didn’t stop us from having fun though – this is how you look after drinking vodka mixed with fizzy candy (Pop Rocks)!
Other fun stuff: Posing with a giant Toothy Tab and a living toothbrush.
Even though it doesn’t look like it – this was taken around 9am (of course these were leftovers from the night before)!
During the week there were several bands playing on different stages for the real festival feeling – this was Jackie Oates.
During the Imagined Village gig.
More fun stuff – the football match. Or as I should say – after the football match!
Food was great – sorry, only empty plates!
And lots of booze – Bulmers mainly.
I don’t want to suggest this sign had something to do with the booze, but I thought the picture would best fit here! 🙂
Silent disco – I you have never been to a silent disco – try it, it’s fun!
I have to admit, I’m not that big a fan of camping – but thanks to the fact that I had invested quite an amount of money for a really, really warm sleeping bag, which meant I was one of the few not freezing during the night and actually sleep quite well – I really enjoyed this meeting/fest. It was great fun, I met a lot of inspiring people, enjoyed really good concerts, and realized once more how crazy (in a really good way) and unique a company I work for.
Back home I wanted to take a few pictures of the stuff I brought back home or used most during the week, but as I had changed films so often, I completely lost track of how many frames I already had taken on which film (stupid, I know), so I ended up with a few double exposures. So this is a collection of things I brought back, doubled up with a frame I took during the Afro Celt Sound System gig. Stupid mistake, but looks quite nice.
My three most important items – very warm sleeping bag, Maglite torch and Sea Shepherd beanie hat. And no, I didn’t have an illuminated sleeping bag – it’s again the lights of the Afro Celt Sound System gig.
Films: Kodak Portra 160NC, Kodak Portra 400VC, Kodak TriX 400 & TriX 400@3200, Agfa APX 100 – b/w developed in Rodinal 1+50.