Today was Harriet's birthday party. Harriet was 30 earlier this week. Harriet is a brilliant artist (including comic book artist) and designer, and is the partner of my dear friend and colleague Allison. For Harriet's birthday, she commandeered a bunch of three-wheeled little vehicles with sails for a bunch of us to whiz up and down St Andrews beach on. St. Andrews has the world's original golf course and is where Prince William goes to university. He wasn't there, although the town looked like it was full of yahs. Yahs are the posh English students that go to Edinburgh Uni and probably St. Andrews Uni. So called because they say "yah" for yes and irritate the locals by doing so loudly, in public.
(Ooh, while I write I am watching a film I like called So I Married an Axe Murderer, and the lead female role - Mike Myers' love interest is called Harriet! And- the reason I like the film is the very funny and accurate Scottish family scenes where Mike Myers plays his Glaswegian dad as well has the lead character).
Anyway, we were hoping for a nice day- yesterday was beautiful, blue-skied, hot and sunny. Today it rained and rained and rained, the whole 2-hour drive to St Andrews. I didn't bring a towel or any extra clothes except a wool jumper. I was wearing brown cords, my expensive Fluevog boots from Seattle, and a black hooded jacket that looks waterproof but isn't. Oh, my god, I just got totally distracted for about half an hour looking at the Fluevog site. I am not a "shoes" girl, but this site and this company absolutely rocks. The grooviest and most original shoes and boots for boys and girls. And comfortable. They also offer "open source footwear"- look at the site to find out what that is.
Anyway, it was like a hurricane. Very windy and wet at the beach. Only about half of us decided to Blo-Kart, and we got drenched to the bone. By the time I had had two goes, I was as wet as if I'd dived in for a swim in the surf. And we were completely covered in sand. But we couldn't stop! Round and round those flags. It was amazing, such good fun. I don't generally like doing stuff like that, I'm not very good at picking up the techniques, but this was simultaneously extremely easy, not very physically demanding, and very very exciting and thrilling. Also, Blo-Karts were invented by a New Zealander. We rarely find a cure for cancer or nuffing, but we do seem to think up more and better ways to have fun at the beach, or on the mountain.
Then we schlepped to the Victoria Cafe in St. Andrews which is a very nice pub/cafe. Nice staff, nice ambience and fantastic food for when you are cold and wet. We covered the ladies' room in sand as we dried off with loo roll. I have a sore eye tonight because of the amount of sand that whips into the eyes when Blo-Karting. Harriet liked her birthday present which was a very exciting new book on Internet Art by Rachel Greene who is part of web artists'/activists' group Rhizome.
Unfortunately, my friend Lou's wee son couldn't have a go on the Blo-Karts- it was too windy- so don't get your kids' hopes up.
Thanks Harriet for a brilliant day. I really enjoyed my hot bath when I got home, but it was well worth it.