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This week’s question: 

How do you celebrate your summer holidays? Who do you celebrate with? Share your rituals, foods, customs and fun.

Summer for us starts just before the second weekend of June, when Sam and I start packing for our annual pilgrimage to the Isle of Wight Festival.  I look forward to forgetting all my troubles for a few days, and just chilling out on the grass listening to the bands, eating totally unsuitable food, riding on the Big Wheel, or walking around the myriad of stalls.  We always pray for sunny weather, otherwise the site becomes a mud bath, and fortunately our prayers are usually answered.  However, there was one year when the mud was absolutely abysmal, and even the ferries could not dock because the cars were backed up all the way from the port to the festival site!

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Some of the totally unsuitable food one has the dubious pleasure of consuming at the Isle of Wight Festival

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View from the Big Wheel of the main stage


– View over ‘Strawberry Fields’ where the stalls are

We always have a day sightseeing when the festival is over, and then catch the ferry home on the Tuesday.  This year I’m looking forward to seeing one of my favourite bands ‘Fleetwood Mac’ when they close the festival on the Sunday night.

We do not usually go away again until September.  We spent years going away in school holiday time when our boys were young, and when they were grown we vowed never to go on holiday again when the children are off school unless it cannot be helped!  This year we are going to Menorca in mid-September, and I’m looking forward to it immensely.  As an added bonus – the resort is for adults only!

In between those two times will be barbeques with our immediate family and friends, and trips to the seaside.  If it’s a year where we haven’t booked a foreign holiday, we’ll attend another festival, either Sonisphere or Hard Rock Calling in Hyde Park.

See how Christine Ardigo celebrates her summer holidays.  You can find her at and you can check out her books at