Port Eliot Festival July 2012 Spelling Bee

If you ask most people what they think happens at festivals, they generally hazard a guess that there will be bands, music and much dancing. At Port Eliot these things all happen, but during the day mostly there are literary readings and flower arranging competitions and poetry prescription clinics and cookery demonstrations and vintage plate upcycling classes and silk scarf marbling and floral headdress making and interviews and all manner of amazing, extraordinary and delightful things.

Port Eliot Festival July 2012 Spelling Bee

Under those headings comes last night’s Inaugural Port Eliot Spelling Bee, hosted by actor Dominic West.

Port Eliot Festival July 2012 Spelling Bee

Team Mispelled, consisting of me and Rachel, Emily C from Elle and her husband Josh, Susie Bubble & Steve Salter, and four lovely new friends from Norfolk that we met in the tent, covered ourselves in glory by scoring fifteen, putting us in fourth place. We were very pleased with ourselves.

Emily wants me to point out that this photo was taken pre-Bee, and that she and Susie were not cheating.

Port Eliot Festival July 2012 Spelling Bee

Team Mispelled was fuelled by copious jugs of Pimms and of St Austell Brewery’s Tribute Ale.

Port Eliot Festival July 2012 Spelling Bee

There was much conferring.

Port Eliot Festival July 2012 Spelling Bee

And some excellent compere-ing.

Port Eliot Festival July 2012 Spelling Bee

And some infant-unfriendly words.

Port Eliot Festival July 2012 Spelling Bee

There *were* accusations of cheating and Mr West confiscated a team’s iPhone.

Port Eliot Festival July 2012 Spelling Bee

Dora covered herself in glory.

Port Eliot Festival July 2012 Spelling Bee

Port Eliot Festival July 2012 Spelling Bee

Mr West made more faces.

Port Eliot Festival July 2012 Spelling Bee

Port Eliot Festival July 2012 Spelling Bee

And here’s Mary the eventual winner. She was amazingly good.

Port Eliot Festival July 2012 Spelling Bee

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19 comments

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Looks like fun had by all. Love Dominic (his mum went to my school)

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@RasMbisi: He was, for lack of a better term, such a good sport! Best compere ever! LLGxx

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Looks like fun plus Mr West looking (and I bet sounding *that voice*) as wonderful as ever. V jealous x

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@L: He was just brilliant – and made the whole Bee EVEN more fun than it wld have been. LLGxx

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Hubba hubba, whod’a thought the bad guy form 300 could make such adorable faces?

And I’m glad you pointed that out about your team, I would have been sad to see cheating being condoned. Those pictures had me worried for a minute 😉

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@Anne At Large: ha! No, we were honest as the day is long! LLGxx

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Great fun! Do you ever get confused whether to add or subtract a “u” or to choose “re” over “er,” having spent so much time in the States?

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@Miss Cavendish: Generally I automatically spell English-wise: I think it’s just engrained! LLGxx

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Looks amazing. I love susie ‘Style bubbles’ Blog too amazing

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Ahhh seems like so much fun! xx

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The spelling bee was a highlight, we scored a respectable 14. Dominic West was such a gent. Great photos.

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@Reed: Yay to all of us! It really was a very gratifying evening, wasn’t it?! LLGxx

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looks so fun! I was just having the what festival to do next year chat over a chilled cider the other evening- this may be the one!

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@Rose: Hey Rose – it’s back again in 2014, but it will be worth the wait! LLGxx

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Sounds very interesting. Is there going to be a next event and where can people find more info about it?

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@London Check Out Report: It’s on again in 2014. LLGxx

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Love it! I’m always on the look out for festivals that are a little different to the 60,000-drunk-people-in-a-muddy-field. Next year!

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@Ben: Hey Ben, Port Eliot is going on sabbatical next year, but wil be back again in 2014. It’s ACE! LLGxx

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