By the time we arrived back at Daisie Meadow in the mid-afternoon, half a dozen gypsy wagons and house trucks had already assembled in a crescent in the field in front of Fraser’s and Karen’s cottage. In true gypsy style, the trucks and buses are colourful (although shades of green, red and purple predominate) and adorned with ornate wooden decorations and beautiful murals – making our Suzi feel decidedly modern, linear and conservative. David and I started discussing colour schemes for a paint job.
Fraser and Karlos, with some help from David and a few WWOOFers, had set up the site earlier in the week – pegged out so the gypsies could park up in a circle with the stage at 12 o’clock and a big fire in the centre.
As we stood in the field chatting to people as they arrived to help Karlos celebrate his 65th birthday, what appeared to be a model helicopter appeared about five hundred feet in the sky. Coincidentally, we knew immediately what it was because we’d seen several in the window of a photo shop the day before – a bit of high text wizardry that signalled the arrival of a family friend, lurking somewhere in the area, but otherwise known as a drone video camera. Sunny showed me a still image taken during their friend’s previous visit, which reveals what we’d also seen earlier this morning when we’d searched for Daisie Meadow on Google Earth – from the air the cottage, cabins and orchards are encircled by the stream on one side and the road on the other. It’s a perfect circle. Standing down in the field with the colourful flags flapping in the north-westerly, we all watched as the drone surveyed the scene, its bird’s eye view documenting the fact that the Gypsy Jam circle was one of two concentric circles, this smaller temporary gathering encased by a larger permanent natural circle.
As the live music amped up, the sunset painted its golden light over the mountains in the north. And as the house trucks kept rolling up, Daisie Meadow’s colourful, beautiful environment was filled with colourful, beautiful people – musicians, singers, jugglers and a unicycler!