Well, here we are, setting up for our Spring Festival, #Hopefest! Winston has stocked up with burgers and is hoping he might sell a watch or two on the side. Ofelia has cooked up another big paella, as it’s always popular.
Matilda anticipates a brisk trade in dreamcatchers and crystals and Vincent knows the donuts will go like hot cakes!
Fury has been testing the sound and lights. But she says she shouldn’t have let Winston set the sign up!
Nano has arranged special seating. As he told Dim, he can’t see anything if the grass is too tall!
And so, it’s time to get started! Let’s get #Hopefest up and running!
First up, it’s the Beatles, with Octopus’s Garden!
See, they’ve found themselves in a forest of wavy kelp!
And who’s this? Of course, it’s the Vaarktopus! He’s welcoming them to his garden, how lovely.
But Winston seems a little distracted by this old ship wreck. What’s in this chest? Treasure! What a bit of luck!
Next, it’s Matilda and Dim with the classic Why do Birds?
Oh look, it’s true. A bird HAS appeared! How sweet.
Oh, and another. And another. And a duck!
It’s all got a bit Hitchcock on stage, best back away slowly I think!
Now, having cleared the stage of birds, we’re just Watching Flowers in the Rain.
This is fun, as long as it’s not real rain!
Oops! It’s got a bit windy!
Peggy, Micro and Bernard have another song about flowers now.
Where HAVE they all gone!
Everyone, get looking for those flowers!
Ofelia has a song now, warning us to treasure what we’ve got before it’s gone.
Winston seems especially interested in this song, he looks like he’s really thinking about it.
Oh. Oh dear. Oh Winston, that wasn’t quite the point!
Ernest and Nano now, with Blowing in the Wind.
Fury has of course set up the wind machine. Looks a bit powerful!
I think Arnold has spotted a potential breach of Health and Safety and he’s trying to stop Fury turning it on….
Nice catch Ernest! Nano says he feels quite invigorated, but he’s still not sure what the answer is!
A medley now as Arnold remembers his bike trip across the States.
The excitement of arriving in New York, and setting off across the country.
The new friends he made along the way, who kept him company, and helped him out when he needed it.
The hustle and bustle of Hollywood, and the stars over the Pacific, having travelled from coast to coast.
And now, back to the present, with a song and video we only recently discovered. Scare away the Dark by Passenger.
Bernard does look a bit down in the dumps at work. Perhaps Dim singing will cheer him up?
Well, he does look a bit happier, maybe it’s the greenery growing round his desk?
Goodness, he’s thrown his tie away, that’s very relaxed for him! Good lord, you don’t think…
Well! There’s a turn-up for the books! Never knew Bernard wore y-fronts!
Ernest and the backing singers are going to sing Lovely Day now.
Now then, will Ernest manage those really long notes?
Phew, he did it! Looks like he needs to get his breath back now though!
The Vaark Tabernacle Choir will now treat us to the beautiful Morning has Broken.
Don’t they look good in their matching robes. Even Nano has one.
Still, I do wonder if Arnold should have taken his h-vis off before putting his robe on!
And now, time for our grand finale. I’ll be singing It’s a Wonderful World.
“I see trees of green, red roses too, I see them bloom, for me and you. And I think to myself, what a wonderful world.”
“I see skies of blue, and clouds of white, the bright blessed day the dark sacred nights. And I think to myself, what a wonderful world.”
“The colours of the rainbow, so pretty in the sky, are also on the faces of the people passing by, I see friends shaking hands, saying how do you do. They’re really saying, I love you.”
“I hear babies cry, I watch them grow, they‘ll learn much more than I’ll ever know. And I think to myself, what a wonderful world.”
And that is it everyone, the end of our #Hopefest. Please stay safe, and hopeful, and be kind. It’s the vaark way. Oh, and eat biscuits.