Friday 16th September 2016
Jacey Bedford writes: We finished all the critiquing yesterday, fuelled by chocolate, so today is our leisure/rest/fun day. The consensus is that we take a couple of hours to catch up with email/life/tidying up stories and then meet at noon for a trip into Caernarfon and a pub lunch. Then after lunch we’ll come back and some of us have agreed to play some games. (That reminds me I must try and order a copy of Set online – a fiendish pattern matching game.) Hmmm… it’s only 10.30 a.m. … I wonder if I’ve got time for a short snooze. That’s how tiring this week has been. But I’ve loved every minute of it. The group of 15 includes three new Milfordians and they’ve already become friends. I’ll be seeing some of them next weekend in Scarborough at Fantasycon by the Sea.
If days are fuelled by chocolate, evenings are fuelled by appropriate (and inappropriate) beverages. There’s no bar at Trigonos, so we bring our own. I’m not much of a drinker but we have some whiskey connoisseurs this week who have been enjoying samples of various single malts.
More later. Watch this space…
Back from lunch at the Anglesea pub under the castle walls in Caernarfon. They found a table to seat our whole party and we all went for something greasy and tasty. I can recommend the fish and chips with mushy peas, and sticky toffee pudding to follow. Yum.
Siobhan McVeigh writes: The light in the whisky shines into the library over a scene of somnolence. I’m sipping peppermint tea as Jacey reads out headlines from an old newspaper rescued from the basket of kindling next to the fireplace. Milford Day 7 feels like ‘all back to mine’ after the after party. We’ve made it out to the pub, and now we’re relaxing and discussing our socks (at least we’re not chewing them… yet). Sitting in companionable silence, the afternoon dappled with the occasional snore, it feels like we’ve slipped out of time into eternal Milford. This is a place where writers, writing and imaginary worlds matter more than anything else. A real utopia reached through opening our eyes, ears and hearts to each word we put on the page. A place to steady ourselves. Are you ready? Let’s go! Come on in!