Good Read: Cambridge Strawberry Fair…
Well…. I finally made it back to ‘The Strawberry Fair’ in Cambridge for the first time in 5 long years. We moved away from my home town several years ago and lived on the Welsh borders for a time – which was a life changing experience and I am sure at some point I’ll fill you in on the details of that adventure. But for today – we are chatting Strawberry’s, Fields, Food and tradition.
I first visited the fair when I was the same age as my youngest daughter Cassidy – 3years 2months. I distinctly remember having a mini-afro, wearing a paisley halter-neck and shorts, having my face painted, and playing on what I thought was a huge pirate ship, but it was probably a 14ft wooden play ship – my sister has a picture of me hanging from one of the masts – I must retrieve that and share it as a Facebook Flash Back Friday!
The reason it has taken me such a long time to get back to a somewhat Family (and City) Tradition of attending the Strawberry Fair, is simply due to the fact of now having a little family of my own to tend to. My eldest daughter Neave was diagnosed with Microcephaly secondary deletion at 18 months, and then followed with Developmental Delay, Dyspraxia and learning difficulties, which essentially means that she is a special little bucket of love. Due to Neave’s sensory issues, difficulty walking long distances without falling several times and other contributing factors, as a family, although we do have outings and holiday’s – lots of super charged planning and organisation is involved in every trip that we make and most of the trips we take are cut short due to exhaustion (for Neave as well as all involved in her care) or general overloading of sensory stimulus etc…
When Cassidy came along, five years after our first bundle of love, this too caused a little delay in jumping back on ‘The Strawberry Fair’ bandwagon so to speak. It is a fine event to be enjoyed by all the family, but for personal reasons I just don’t feel that I could feel completely comfortable taking a baby or young toddler to any event for a long period of time.
The beginning of something special…An event.
Our recent ‘come back’ only lasted an hour – but it was well worth it and helped me to touch base with a few forgotten memories and re-live (to some ultra-mini extent) a little bit of the ‘The Strawberry Fair’ Vibe. Neave was visiting with a helper/carer at the Zoo, which meant that we could take Cassidy out for a little jaunt to the fair. We wandered, we gandered, we fed and watered and then we left a little heavier due to the veggie burgers, hot-dogs and Jamaican Jerk Chicken and Rice n Peas we all enjoyed!
Sadly we didn’t get to see or hear any live music as we had arrived way too early – however, we only live a short walk from The Fair and so could hear most of what was going on, on our journey home……Better luck next year eh!
What is the Strawberry Fair?
‘What is Strawberry Fair….
From humble beginnings, Strawberry Fair has grown to be the most popular free, entirely volunteer run, one day music & arts event in Cambridge (and probably across Europe!), attracting over 30,000 visitors throughout the day. On the first Saturday of June and now past our 40th year, residents and visitors have gathered together on Midsummer Common to celebrate their vibrant and creative city.’
‘Strawberry Fair is a visual and musical extravaganza for all the family, a jamboree for people of all ages.
First and foremost, Strawberry Fair is a feast for music lovers.
Throughout the Fair, across 12 hours of the day, you can enjoy an eclectic range of music and performances from well over 100 groups, both local and from further afield.’ Credits to strawberry-fair.org.uk
For some reason this song always resonates with me when it comes to the general ‘feeling’ of The Strawberry Fair’. I absolutely love this Track by America – A Horse With No Name
Enjoy…We did xxNxx
If you would like to know more about any of the conditions which effect our daughter and many, many other children across many continents – just please click on the linked descriptions and I hope that they can enlighten you a little…
ABOUT MISS BOOTY BAREFOOT
Natasha (a.k.a Miss Booty Barefoot) is a Cambridge-based Vintage Boutique owner, style maven and all out fashion lover. She is also an active vintage fashion blogger, street style photographer and vintage magazine curator. Being a busy mother of 2 small children, devoted wife & Boutique owner certainly takes up most of her time – however there are 24 hrs in a day, and 7 day’s in a week, so she try’s to squeeze as much out of her life as she possibly can.
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