The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men

@JudyEv (130208)
Bunbury, Australia
September 4, 2016 2:42am CST
We have had to revise our plans several times for the next few weeks. We volunteered to help at an endurance (horse) ride on the 10th September but, when it was cancelled because the arena had been double-booked, we decided to have an indoor house concert as we'd heard of an entertaining singer who sounded as though he'd suit our audience. We'd no sooner organised the guy when the endurance ride found another place to run the ride from but of course we were now committed to the concert. Then – we began to get apology after apology from all our regular attendees. Most are pensioners and/or retired and many had gone up north chasing the sun and some warmer weather. Just yesterday we decided to cancel the concert because bookings were so low. So now we're back on board to help at the endurance ride. I'm really pleased that people bothered to apologise for not being able to come to the concert or we might have thought we had BO. Attendance figures have never been a problem before. The photo is of a camellia flower I photographed yesterday.
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• United States
5 Sep 16
beautiful camellias! i've a rosebush nearly the same color 'n hope that such comes back out next year. the grasshoppers 've severely damaged 't :( i'm glad those folks bothered to let'cha know they'd not be able to attend yer concert, hon. 'round these parts they'd jest not show'p with nary a word. hope that endurance ride goes well :)
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 Sep 16
It must be heart-breaking to watch the grasshoppers decimating your shrubs and garden.
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• United States
6 Sep 16
@JudyEv yes ma'am, 3rd year'n a row...pesky creatures. they didn't bother the pepper patch 'n i found out why - they're all fiery hot! the hubs'd not listen 'n e'en the sweet bell peppers'll bring tears to ones eyes coz he planted 'em all too close.
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Sep 16
@crazyhorseladycx They sometimes have plagues of locusts in our wheatbelt but we rarely see more than one or two here - for which we're truly grateful. :)
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@koopharper (6641)
• Canada
4 Sep 16
Good that people let you know. I'm impressed. I put together an event once for a group and on the day of the event only one person showed up and he wasn't very good company.
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Sep 16
That's pretty awful. We don't have any door sales. All tickets are pre-sold so if we don't have enough to pay the musos we can always cancel.
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• Canada
4 Sep 16
@JudyEv There really wasn't much cost involved. It was just the most ambitious group bicycle tour I'd ever put together. I'd done other tours with groups that were a big success but this one ended up a disaster.
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Sep 16
@koopharper What a shame. We've always had good crowds and never gave any thought to the fact that it might flop.
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@Jessicalynnt (47895)
• Centralia, Missouri
4 Sep 16
hey stuff happens, I never minded tons if I got a note letting me know, rather than my house warming party where NO one showed up, and only 1 apologized later and told me why (dental emergency, so she really HAD to miss)
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 Sep 16
That is awful. I can't imagine how you must have felt! Your friends seem pretty rude apart from that one.
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• Centralia, Missouri
5 Sep 16
@JudyEv guess they werent friends. dont count them as friends anymore
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Sep 16
@Jessicalynnt They certainly weren't worth keeping.
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@MALUSE (42653)
• Germany
4 Sep 16
The greatest camelia of the world grows in the park of the castle of Pillnitz, a town near Dresden in Saxony in the south east of Germany. It has a glass house of its own which is opened in summer. The video shows it. The text is in German but that doesn't matter I think.
KAMELIENBLÜTE IM SCHLOSSPARK PILLNITZ, 10:00 - 17:00 UHR | SCHLOSS & PARK PILLNITZ DRESDEN Von Mitte Februar bis Mitte April können sich Besucher von der pra...
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Sep 16
Thanks for the link. Why do you say it is the greatest? Are you saying it's the largest camellia bush? It is certainly very pretty.
@MALUSE (42653)
• Germany
4 Sep 16
@JudyEv Sorry, wrong word. 'biggest' is better.
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Sep 16
@MALUSE It is certainly huge. My friend has some old bushes which are quite big too but not as big as this one. It is massive.
@Inlemay (16729)
• South Africa
6 Sep 16
it seems to be a problem of late - people are not getting out as much as they used to. Sad to see. Your photo is beautiful
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Sep 16
I love the camellias and this is a particularly lovely colour.
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@Inlemay (16729)
• South Africa
6 Sep 16
@JudyEv they dont grow that easily here - some very rich foliage gardens have them - I just love them
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@just4him (124124)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
4 Sep 16
I hope you're able to get that performer for a later date. I'm glad you were able to help with the endurance run.
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Sep 16
It's an ill wind blah blah. It has worked out quite well. Better than having a half full room - and we'd promised the musician x dollars rather than just the ticket money so we would have been way out of pocket.
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@just4him (124124)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
9 Sep 16
@JudyEv I'm glad it worked out.
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@sueznewz2 (10121)
• Alicante, Spain
4 Sep 16
Nice photo of the camelia...it was thoughtful of your attendees to phone and let you know they would not be coming..., so you can make alternative arrangements. ...
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Sep 16
We were really, well, humbled almost because there was absolutely no idea for them to RSVP. At least getting apologies we didn't bother to send out a reminder. We just cancelled. Without the apologies, we might have thought we had BO!
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@sueznewz2 (10121)
• Alicante, Spain
5 Sep 16
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@simone10 (21647)
• Louisville, Kentucky
4 Sep 16
What a gorgeous flower! It all sounds like it was a bit confusing there for a while but at least people did let you know they couldn't attend so that you could do something else.
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Sep 16
We didn't know what we were doing for a while. We had to make a decision eventually and as we only had about 12 paying guests we put the concert off.
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@simone10 (21647)
• Louisville, Kentucky
5 Sep 16
@JudyEv I think that was the smart thing to do at the time.
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@teamfreak16 (41175)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
5 Sep 16
I'm sorry your concert didn't pan out.
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Sep 16
Thanks. We hadn't got as far as putting up the big lights for parking or putting signs out so it didn't make much difference. We were sorry for the musician's sake though.
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@Ronrybs (7392)
• London, England
4 Sep 16
I think the universe was trying to tell you something about that ride!
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 Sep 16
It is a new group running their first one so maybe they needed the help more than we needed the entertainment.
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@Shiva49 (13787)
• Singapore
4 Sep 16
Like fickle weather, sort of kept on tenterhooks, but all seem to have ended for the better - siva
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 Sep 16
That's very true. We waited till last Wednesday before deciding to cancel. I am sure we have contacted all those who bought tickets but I really, really hope no-one turns up on the night. We don't sell tickets at the gate so it should be okay and we'll be at the endurance ride so no doubt they'll just go home again - if anyone does turn up.
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@BettyB (4212)
• Summerville, South Carolina
4 Sep 16
It was nice of them to let you know. Nothing is worse than planning an event and have no one show up.
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Sep 16
It would have been embarrassing for the performer too. We thought we might have filled the place with backpackers (let them in for free) but we still needed minimum numbers to get enough to pay the musician a decent sum.
@Platespinner (17046)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
4 Sep 16
It sounds like it will all work out for the best in the end. I've been having a "best laid plans..." kind of weekend myself. But will have to wait a day or two to write about it since I don't have the time or the energy at the moment.
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Sep 16
You really do need to learn to go with flow, don't you? Make that ... one really does need to learn to go with flow, doesn't one? We're perfectly happy with the way things have worked out although it's a shame for the musician. We might be able to have him another day.
@Vivenda (588)
• Portsmouth, England
4 Sep 16
What a beautiful camellia! I'm so glad that folk were polite enough to RSVP, so that you could go back to your earlier plan.
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Sep 16
They weren't obliged to RSVP. We just have a data base of people that we email when we have a concert planned. Of course, we do know most of them.
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
4 Sep 16
That sounds like a typical day in my life. Fortunately I have no reason to plan anything in advance these days.
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Sep 16
Not a bad way to be really. :)
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• Philippines
4 Sep 16
Well, there's always next time to be able to attend the concert. And that's a beautiful flower you have photographed. Have a nice day.
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Sep 16
The concert was to have been in our lounge. We have a couple of outdoor ones occasionally and sometimes on in the lounge as well.
@5thHouse (1692)
• Sheffield, England
4 Sep 16
What a beautiful colour that flower is.
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Sep 16
And the shape is just about perfect, isn't it?
@epiffanie (10408)
• Australia
4 Sep 16
That's absolutely frustrating when you have to cancel .. But that camellia is gorgeous! .. I have one exactly like that in the garden my old house. ..
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Sep 16
We were pretty laid-back about the whole affair. Never dreamt that we'd need to cancel. Then we started getting apology after apology. So - never count your chickens before they hatch. Isn't that what they say? I would love to have this camellia in my garden. It is just so pretty.
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@Macarrosel (7541)
• Philippines
4 Sep 16
I hope the endurance ride and a concert will succeed soonest. I love your photo of a beautiful flower.
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Sep 16
I'm sure the next concert will go ahead okay. And we'll enjoy helping at the ride too so all is good.
@TRBRocks420 (81129)
• Banks, Oregon
4 Sep 16
Have a good time at the endurance ride and, hope you can have a concert soon.
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Sep 16
We have an indoor one booked for early December. Sometimes the December ones don't do so well either as people get busy with Christmas events. But it is inside which means we only need 40 to 50 people so we're pretty sure we'll get that many.
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