Our friends Woodwife were playing so we had been invited along even though we belong to Shawlands(!) We considered moving to Battlefield initially almost four years ago but couldn't find the right flat and ended up in Shawlands where we've been ever since. I really like both areas. There's an abundance of parks, good cafes and bars, as well as great community projects like the Battlefield Street Party.
To be honest we've not been as involved in any of the local projects as we would like because I find I've got very little energy left over after work (my bad I'm sure I could do better!) and neither Rockin' Roy nor myself are particularly outgoing. You wouldn't think it if you met me briefly because I do a good 'fake confidence' and am pretty easy going (and can talk way too much), but actually I'm fairly introverted and take a very long time to build friendships. Oddly I can manage stuff like project managing or presenting at work no problem but it takes me ages to build up the confidence to invite someone out for a coffee or to hang out because I'm completely and utterly convinced they won't be interested. I find I quite often ruin my pretend normalcy and kill the mood at barbecues by talking about things like how there are no conflict free avocados in America or how alcohol actually lowers body temperature - basically I accidentally talk about stuff I think is really interesting but generally isn't good party chat and people shuffle away…I mean I can also happily chat about TV, music and anything else but sometimes it's too late to whip out the Breaking Bad banter and I reckon I've lost them then get too wound up to figure out the make-a-proper-friend bit. Maybe secretly everyone is like this. Or maybe not...
Anyway enough about that - more about Battlefield Street Party! Here's some pics from the day (apologies they're not in any order, my laptop is weird about photo orders):
The whole event was very welcoming and great for families with little kids. One thing that really stood out was that all the boys and girls were playing either Frozen or Hunger Games, but everybody wanted to be the female characters because they happened to be the best characters which was wonderful!!! Being a girl character wasn't a last resort but an acceptable choice because they happened to be the lead character - a huge change since I was little and a very positive one.
Luckily the rain stayed off for the afternoon and even luckier I won the raffle! Well when I bought a ticket I put Rockin' Roy's name on the ticket so technically he won. We got a snazzy Battlefield Community Project T-Shirt.
Afterwards we went to the Ball Room snooker & pool bar for a pint and to watch Stu from Woodwife demolish the meat burger challenge in 14 minutes to earn a 'Real Man' certificate. No, really, they printed it out.
All in all the Battlefield community project put on a really great fun day - well done folks!