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Fields of Eden 2005 - Linda's Tour Diary

Weert - 25th November

Getting to Weert after the radio show was pretty hairy - the wind really caught us a couple of times and I thought we were going to be off the road - but Darrell kept it under control and, as there were no jams on our side of the motorway, we made it to Weert at 5:30.

John and Ron had done the stage set up already, and checked the lines, but we had a bit of a problem with a buzz on Matt's mandolin. It took a bit of finding but it was solved eventually and we had time for dinner before getting ready for the concert

By this time the snow was really coming down and you could hear the wind howling outside whilst we were on stage. It was not a big audience and the weather certainly hadn't helped us as many took the advice given out on the radio and stayed off the roads.

The Valiant Warriors of Weert

Despite the conditions, or maybe because of them, it was a lovely concert. Our audience were true warriors for braving such terrible weather to come and see us. We have to give special thanks to Jeroen Steeman and partner who came from Eindhoven - that was truly brave and warrior-like!! What can we say?

As the evening went on, the howling outside got worse. As far as we know no one left and at the end of the evening we had the chance to have a chat with some who didn't have to leave immediately.

Yvonne, the acting director of the theatre, and Hans, her husband, were really great to us. We enjoyed a lovely chat with them in the interval, then at the end of the night, because it was unlikely that we would be able to get back to Soest they even got in touch with a local hotel for us and booked us in for bed and breakfast.

Darrel and Matt in the snow

We got all the instruments into the hotel and then checked in, after which, Darrell and Matt went to park up - I got a great shot of them on their way back.

The hotel 'Munten' is one of the nicest I've ever stayed in. The staff were welcoming and, even though it was very late, the chef stayed behind and made us all egg and chips - almost too much for us to eat.

The hotel itself was tastefully decorated and was stylish but somehow homely at the same time, I would recommend it to anyone who stays in the area (check out www.hostelleriemunten.nl).

It was great to relax rather than face hours on the road. We'd already heard that at midnight there were still 250 kms of traffic stuck all over Holland - we were certainly better off where we were.

We slept well and woke up refreshed and ready for another day. Sadly we had to cancel a morning radio performance in Haarlem - but we'll probably be doing it in January.

The trip back to Soest was picturesque because of the snow but we did note quite a lot of wind damage to trees on the way. We certainly counted ourselves lucky when we heard what some people had been through.

Late night egg and chip supper
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