First of all, for everyone in the Atlanta area, there will be a Blueburst – Significance album release party tomorrow, Thursday, October 19th at Buteco – East Atlanta Village, featuring Craig Douglas Miller and Riley Schatz. Sending good vibes from England, wish I could be there.
The difference between the rain in England and the rain in Portugal is that in England the rain is cold and your wet skin is cold and autumn actually means cold, whereas in Portugal it’s warm rain, autumn is colder but not cold in the northern way, especially if you have lived in Stockholm. So I’m telling myself to store the summer clothes, bring out the long pants, t-shirt, shirt, waistcoat, jacket, coat and scarf (layers) and realise that you are in England in October. The rain was relentless, and it didn’t stop all day, but we decided to get dropped off in Thornbury, a small village near the Boydies’ house, so we could get to the post office and buy cheap CDs for 49p in the charity stores, and a cool looking wine rack for £2.99 – if only we drank wine.
So that’s what we did, ending up in the pub The Wheatsheaf, a popular name for a pub. What is it with pub names – Hope and Anchor, The Rose and Crown, The Whyte Hart, it must have originally been like coming up with a band name, but how come so many have the same name? In later years we got The Slug and Lettuce, but that was more like a trendy bar. Olivia posted the blog and we waited for Boydie with our blackcurrant and soda water and diet Pepsi, a Gregg’s vegan sausage roll, secretly nibbled, and a perusal of the CDs for the Archive library.
We ran out into the rain to get to the car park and the car, I keep on trying to get in on the wrong side because it’s right-hand drive in England. We drove by the garage where Ariel is being fixed, but they had already gone home, we already knew that but drove by anyway. It was good to see that we couldn’t see Ariel in the yard, which means that she is inside mid-operation. The mechanic told us that they will continue to build the engine at 7 AM in the morning, this means the parts we sent are correct and now we wait and hope to have her tomorrow or Friday morning, working, running, and able to drive back to Porto.
Back at the house, time for one of Trish’s famous dinners and conversation. Afterward, into the shed to open the records collected by sessioneer Noel, who kindly delivered them to the house on Sunday. Some classics, 22-Pistepirkko – Kind Hearts Have a Run Run (2022), the last releases from the Dylan collection, two Behind The Dykes compilations, Groundhogs‘ Crosscut Saw (1976) and Hawkwind‘s Warrior On The Edge Of Time (1975/2023, Steven Wilson remix), plus two CDs, Trower – Where Are You Going To (2016) and The Vryll – Course Of The Satellite (2018).
Music today was Boydie’s amazing stereo, listening to Talk Talk – The Colour Of Spring (1986), Dire Straits – Communiqué (1979), Led Zep 1 (recorded in 1968) and The Floyd’s Meddle (1971), but the album of the day was definitely Blueburst – Significance (2023).