Getting ready for our first outdoor concert of the summer

@JudyEv (141255)
Bunbury, Australia
January 14, 2018 2:35am CST
It’s now less than a week until our first house concert of the summer. Although it’s called a ‘house’ concert it is actually held outdoors in an open-fronted shed we call the ‘Music Shack’. We have different musicians each time; the audience bring their own chairs, drinks and nibbles plus a picnic if they want to and the entrance fee money goes to the musicians. We keep enough money to pay for the extra insurance that we have to take out in case of accident. Next Saturday we have a duo performing and we’re looking forward to hearing them again. They will stay with us. We also have six friends staying for the night and another couple will stay in their motor-home near the house. One couple will sleep in our bus/motor-home and one couple in the caravan. We are planning a picnic for the six friends which will be nice for them but will get them out of the house and give the musicians a bit of peace and quiet before they have to perform. We offer free coffee, tea and apricot slice at interval. Over the next two days I’ll be making four slices as we have a full complement of just over 100 people coming. Some say they only come for my slice but I think they are just being kind. The photo shows Herc, our pet sheep but now deceased, helping me with the lights.
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@LadyDuck (187952)
• Switzerland
14 Jan
I am glad your concert season is starting, I know you like to held those events. Poor Herc, I am so sorry he is no more.
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@JudyEv (141255)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan
We still look for him each morning. We do miss him.
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@LadyDuck (187952)
• Switzerland
14 Jan
@JudyEv I am sure you miss him, he lived a longtime with you.
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@sueznewz2 (10156)
• Alicante, Spain
19 Jan
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@JohnRoberts (67006)
• Los Angeles, California
14 Jan
Good old Herc! Always there with a lending hoof.
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@JudyEv (141255)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan
Yep. He was a very positive influence.
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@tmosby (315)
14 Jan
All the best for the concert. I am sure that you will have plenty of fun. Have a great time!
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@JudyEv (141255)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan
Thanks very much. As long as it doesn't rain we'll be fine. Rain would upset our plans something awful.
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@tmosby (315)
14 Jan
@JudyEv I hope it doesn't rain and you will get to enjoy it the fullest. Let's make prayer to the Rain God.
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@JudyEv (141255)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Jan
@tmosby That's a good idea. Perhaps between us we can hold off the rain.
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@JolietJake (51067)
• United States
14 Jan
I take it those are programmable LED cans
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@JudyEv (141255)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Jan
Vince says 'yes'. In my defence, I thought they were but thought I'd better check. I remember once I was wrong - but it was a long time ago!!
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@JolietJake (51067)
• United States
15 Jan
@JudyEv Mine are all 'old school'...dang things get hot...plus I have to change the 'gel' sheets for colors. I'd like to get some of those like yours sometime.
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@JudyEv (141255)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Jan
@JolietJake I think we got ours through Ebay. A couple have given up the ghost. We've made covers for them out of plastic crates as I don't think they're supposed to get wet.
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@bagarad (13032)
• Paso Robles, California
14 Jan
That sound like quite a project for you and Vince. you must have a huge house to have all those people stay over with you. I hope your event is lots of fun for all and that you won't be too tired with preparations to enjoy it.
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@JudyEv (141255)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan
We spread the preparations over a week or two. We have three bedrooms in the house (a 4th is the office). Two will sleep in the bus/motor-home and two in the caravan.
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@bagarad (13032)
• Paso Robles, California
14 Jan
@JudyEv Guess that will work. I'm glad you enjoy what you do. I hope the event will be all you hope for and more.
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@JudyEv (141255)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Jan
@bagarad Thanks very much. We're starting to think about stopping them but maybe not just yet.
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@shaggin (39611)
• United States
14 Jan
That sounds really fun! I was thinking you or your husband were in a band too?
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@JudyEv (141255)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Jan
In a previous life we were in brass bands and before that Vince played drums in a dance band.
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@shaggin (39611)
• United States
15 Jan
@JudyEv okay that is what I am thinking of then!
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14 Jan
that sounds so wonderful!
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@JudyEv (141255)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Jan
Hopefully it will be a success. Mostly it works out okay.
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@andriaperry (63459)
• Anniston, Alabama
14 Jan
Seems like more fun than work for you.
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@JudyEv (141255)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan
This will be our 28th concert since we started in 2010 so I guess we have it down to a fine art now. Things can still go wrong but we start early with our planning and just do a little bit every day for about ten days before the show and so far we've been able to manage without having to have help which is good.
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@KrauseHome (35507)
• United States
14 Jan
This sounds like a lot of Fun and if this is the first one this yr, a great way to start bringing in the New yr.
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@JudyEv (141255)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan
This is our 28th. It's hard to believe we've had so many. And they are mostly good fun.
@Juliaacv (35195)
• Canada
14 Jan
I just love the picture of you and Herc. I'm sure that you miss him when you're starting these preparations remember him "helping" last year like this. Enjoy your time, sounds like a lot of work between now and the concert.
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@JudyEv (141255)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan
Thanks. We're pretty organised really and try to think and do as much as we can ahead of time. We do miss Herc's 'help' though. Here he is checking out the rubbish bin.
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@Juliaacv (35195)
• Canada
14 Jan
@JudyEv I loved hearing about him, and miss that.
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• Philippines
15 Jan
@JudyEv oh, i remember this picture. you wrote a post about how tying the tablecloth holds it in place without flapping around than using weights.
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• United States
15 Jan
@JudyEv I had to look up what apricot slice is, and it looks delicious. I hope your concert is so successful, it looks like fun. I'm sorry about your sweet sheep, Herc.
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@JudyEv (141255)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Jan
Herc was pretty special. We'd had him about 13 years or so so he was getting on in years. Here's my apricot slice:
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• Philippines
15 Jan
@JudyEv look at that yummy dessert!
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@JudyEv (141255)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Jan
@hereandthere I find it a bit bewildering that everyone likes it so much.
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@Madshadi (9029)
• Brussels, Belgium
14 Jan
I hope you get more help, not only by a sheep. It looks like a lot of work
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@JudyEv (141255)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan
We've just worked out it's our 28th concert so we are old hands at it now - 'old' being the operative word.
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@Madshadi (9029)
• Brussels, Belgium
14 Jan
@JudyEv that sounds like a lovely tradition
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@aureliah (20774)
• Kenya
14 Jan
You surely going to have fun. All the best
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@JudyEv (141255)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan
Thanks. We enjoy putting on the concerts.
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@aureliah (20774)
• Kenya
14 Jan
@JudyEv thats nice you are doing something you love.
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@thelme55 (15633)
• Germany
15 Jan
That must be an awesome event. I wish I am there as well.
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@JudyEv (141255)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Jan
We have had people coming to almost every concert which is nice to see. This is our 28th.
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@yugocean (8850)
• India
15 Jan
100 people are going to attend, then it is going to be heave work.
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@JudyEv (141255)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Jan
It isn't too bad. We are up to our 28th concert so we are pretty used to it now.
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@yugocean (8850)
• India
15 Jan
@JudyEv So your busy day starts.
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@JudyEv (141255)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Jan
@yugocean We do a few things every day but the last couple of days will be quite busy.
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@DianneN (91440)
• United States
15 Jan
I think you should build a hotel on your property! I still miss Herc.
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@JudyEv (141255)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Jan
I sometimes think we should too! Herc would be really happy to be out poking his nose in here and there where he was (or wasn't) wanted.
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@DianneN (91440)
• United States
15 Jan
@just4him (132257)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
14 Jan
I thought that was Herc, as I didn't think you had gotten another sheep. Looking good in that picture. Sounds like you're pulling it all together and should be a good turnout for your first show. One question - what's a slice?
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@JudyEv (141255)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Jan
A slice is .... ummm, like cookies but baked in a flat tin then cut up into smaller pieces. I'm not sure what you'd call it in the US.
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@just4him (132257)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
15 Jan
@JudyEv I don't know either. A flat tin sounds like a cookie sheet, but I don't know about cutting them into smaller pieces. Thank you for the explanation. Do you have a picture?
@silvermist (20096)
• India
14 Jan
Soo the concert season starts.You look nice.Even we miss Herc.
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@JudyEv (141255)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan
He liked to come out of his paddock and hang out with us while we were working.
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@silvermist (20096)
• India
17 Jan
@JudyEv Yes,I do remember your posts about him.
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@sueznewz2 (10156)
• Alicante, Spain
19 Jan
I hope it all goes well.... nice tosee a photo of herc...
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@JudyEv (141255)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Jan
It will be on in a few hours. We're mostly organised but the rest can't be done until the last minute.
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@Frenzys9 (175)
• United States
17 Jan
That’s so awesome that you do these concerts. I hope y’all have a lot of fun. Wish I could be joining you :)
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@JudyEv (141255)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Jan
This is our 28th I think. We have another two planned for the summer.