Sodden Summer: Risk Assessing outdoor events

The trouble with books is that they are sensitive to humidity.

Yesterday was the longest day -“mid” summer. Today the detailed weather forecast is for rain every other hour and high winds.

Risk assessment for Hilly Fields Midsummer Fayre commenced at 6:45 this morning.

Wind: too strong for the gazebo.

Rain: too frequent to not have the gazebo.

all packed upLosses for not going:

  • cost of pitch,(not that much);
  • possibly an afternoon of seeing it dry up and the wind drop, leading to kicking self, although all the forecasts agree that’s (pretty unlikely).
  • Effort already invested in publicising and packing up stock and banners and whatnot. (too bad).

Potential losses for going:

  • wrecking the stock and making it unsaleable (Significant)

Decision: Don’t go.

It feels like the wrong decision: it’s our local event, we’ve got local books and local authors, but there’s no point destroying the stock on the off-chance the weather will buck up.

(Sigh) Sometimes I hate the British “summer”.

Never mind, Crystal Palace Overground Festival next Saturday: they are providing the cover so that makes decisions easier.

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About Cherry Potts

Cherry Potts is a publisher/editor, fiction writer and teacher, event organiser, photographer, book designer, NLP master practitioner, life coach and trainer. She sings for fun. Through Arachne Press she publishes fiction and non fiction and runs spoken word events and cross-arts workshops for writers at interesting venues. Always interested in new opportunites to perform, write or explore writing.

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