Saturday, 30 January 2010

The Blog of BLAH?!!

Hey blogging buddies!

I writting this blog at an extremely unconventional time of almost midnight but ive been doing a bit of blog hunting and have been given the inspiration to write.....i warn you now it is of no real relevence!

I shall set the scene for you.... I am at Home... (thats Essex Home not Twickenham Home btw going back to my roots mate.. haha) i am having an immensely interesting converstation with miss Bellot on the good old facebook chat and i have a hugely gnawing feeling in my gutt... (please no gross ideas thanks! ) and that feeling is guilt. I am disappointed in myself for not attending our meetings and i feel terrible about it because despite my feelings of having a serious lack of value to this project and my unfortunate problems at the moment i have let you all down... and Im sorry please understand i do not do it lightly!

So now thats out of the way back to my blog surfing... from all your blogs ive been given such a good insight into what has been happening in my absence and it sounds as though things are slowly falling into place... Mark your blog about the walk was truly inspiring i now intend to sit down and have a little brainstorm and do the walk myself with a few buddies ( I hope) next week when i'll be back... I see no that it's all moving forward quickly and i don't want to get left behind.

Megan Out! :)

Monday, 25 January 2010

Back to the house....

Hey hey Blog friends!

I was lucky enough to be able to make the tour of the shooting at Ham Saturday and after signing away my life and possibly my face and car to Disney I can honestly say it was such an amazing, eye opening experience for me in terms of the amount of work and energy that goes into location filming. I can't say i know much about filming its not something I've really looked into but to be allowed to have a look around and have all the how we makes this happen explained to me i couldnt feel anything except awe.... and fear I totally didnt want to break anything! Unfortunately I cannot remember the name of the lovely lady who risked so much to show us around (a lil help anyone?) but we were all really greatful to her for allowing us to share this experience with them, and of course to see Ham House totally transformed to the point where i was picking inanimate objects and going um was that there before?! Most of it was i hasten to add... maybe i shud pay a little bit more attention! But i digress... as Gary has said soooooo many times he loves the way a room can be transformed and Gary I totally agree and I hope that this is what we ourselves can achieve at the 400th celebration.

I missed the House and it was good to have another little look around at the grounds to put our plans into perspective with what we can actually use. There are so many natural stages at the back of the house; the sections of grass and the raised platform that backs onto the house proved to be larger than i imagined and perfect to put the choirs or us to orchestrate the Happy Birthday. And If we choose to use the banner idea there's two perfectly placed balcony's towards the top that would be handyto hang the banners from! Mark even pointed out the Flag pole and I don't see why we can't use this aswel!

All in all going back to the house proved to be very helpful in putting the area back into my mind... and If a film crew can change the look of the area then i don't see why we can if we get enough people on board!

Megan Out!

Friday, 22 January 2010

First Blog of 2010... lets get started!

Um.... I realise (with much oh shit attitude) I haven’t completed a blog for some time (Oct anyone?) and this is why I’m forcing myself to sit down and write one now at the end of our first week back. It seems as though so much has happened previously that I could of commented on; the lectures at Ham, the development of the stories, the enjoyable weekends, a mysterious stowaway in my bag (MARK?), my time over Xmas... but there seems to be no point or benefit in looking back to last year for me. So I begin now looking forward to the mammoth amount of work we all need to undertake to pull off this 3000+ at Ham House’s 400th anniversary. I’m not surprised we’re all scared I myself am terrified but if we pull it off it could be amazing :)

Monday was productive and I’m glad that now the brief is known and the date is finalised we can begin working towards it. It was lovely to hear the stories from the Spain trip a real inspiration and eye opener especially to me who hopes to work in that field some day and it was lovely to hear all of the girls talking with clear adoration and joy about their experience. I hope that can carry over into our own community workings this time around. Their proposal was perfect a fun and inventive way to lead the amount of people through the grounds of the House and to use the eight squares of grass as natural stages will provide a lot of entertainment for this audience as once they’re in they can’t just be left standing waiting for a giant sing along. I would like others to incorporate their community projects in the piece so that all the work we do can culminate in this giant celebration and to have those we contact to be able to see where their work fits in will provide a sense of satisfaction and community centring around not just Ham House as a building but as a history and focal point of the community.

The meeting Wednesday was a little harder for me because I generally am pants at leading and organising at the best of times and I really had no idea what role I could possibly be of value to. With the roles sorted we can now move forward and the way we’re working becomes clearer I just wish I could’ve given more. Me being the ‘floater’ while utterly hilarious to Siobhan and Edd fills me with dread because to know about everything isn’t something I’m ready for at the moment! But I’ll do my best and as we’ve all formed an attachment to this House I want to be part of it.

And that my friends was another blog the JOY!
So... To the meetings today!