Nigh on 7 days since Westmoreland St and roundabout were filled with people for the launch and events of Streetland.
A heady weekend of music, art, poetry, gardening, hula hooping and general bonhomie, highlights are many and diverse, allow me to share some of mine here...
~Being quizzed by Environmental Health as to the contents of 'cakey bakey donations'
~Holding the wee amp for Nick on the walkway of the Baths in Calder St as he spoke of their occupation with his poetry
~The procession down the street led by the Second Hand Marching Band with over 200 people walking alongside
~The dense cluster of Slovakian teenagers round the marquee for the Gypsy Rayner performance
~The spontaneous help and unstinting support of local folks and businesses in the final weeks to make something positive in the area
~Sixty-something children and mums and dads hulahooping to a set by Richard from Numbers in the Westmoreland St Garden
~ Hundred-odd folk braving the plummeting temperatures on the Sunday night for the outdoor film screening, warmed by popcorn made on the spot, cheering and laughing throughout
~ Seeing the street used for all kinds of stuff and with it, lots of different people, young, middle and a bit older still, out and about in their local area or those visiting Govanhill and "making a day of it"
So here's to that.
A big thank you to all you folks who helped make Streetland such a blinder, to all the performers and artists who lit up the street like one big beautiful art machine (to borrow a phrase), to all the volunteers who helped build and push this behemoth of a weekend into the water for its maiden voyage, and lastly to the local residents and people who came out, marvelled and joined in.