August Blog 2018

The sound of Church bells ringing is such a wonderful sound, I hadn’t realized just how much of a work out you could get at the same time!!! Sunday 29th July was the Benefice service at All Saints’ Church, Deane. I went with Carla early, as she is one of the Campanologist’s, I was invited up into the wooden structure called the Castle and sat quietly, in awe, as they went through their set pieces. There are eight bells in total, six ringers this particular evening, the precision and concentration was quite amazing. Alan Purkiss, the Tower Captain, just said the odd word and instantly the sound changed, brilliant, all of you.

Saturday 4th August the Ukulele group had their 2nd ‘Gig’ to celebrate Dave and Julia’s special Birthdays which we all thoroughly enjoyed. A fun filled afternoon with their family and friends, very delicious cakes and tea, plenty of shade to help us keep cool. Dave and Julia’s son played with us too which was a treat. One favourite was an English Country Garden, which was changed to Dave and Julia’s Country Garden, great fun. A lovely picture was taken to keep as a reminder of a very special day……

Friday 10th Book Club met at Julia’s to discuss ‘Birds Without Wings’ by Louis de Berniere. A score of 5 was given. The sensors of opinion was, too historical, longwinded and very sad. However the company was great, fabulous cake, made by Sally, blue with white dainty flowers and the most beautiful rose, the sides decorated with delicate sugar lace. It also tasted delicious. Thank you to Julia for hosting.

Wednesday 15th a large group of jolly villagers went to the Watermill Theatre to see ‘Sweet Charity’. Thank you to Marilyn for the block booking, what a fabulous evening, always such a beautiful setting especially on a summer evening.

Friday 17th was the Communion service at Oak Lodge. A slightly different one as the music was supplied by the Ukulele’s!! as Paul and Marilyn were away. We arrived early to set up, so started by singing and playing ‘You Are My Sunshine’ which coincided with Rev. Julia’s arrival….how apt….

The following morning, Saturday 18th the jolly band of four, John, Mike, Jeff and Nigel, made their way down to the village hall. Armed with brushes etc. painting of the Bus Shelter began. Then onto the garden fence, the picket fence, then the bench and finally the notice board!!! Anything wooden was painted! It all looks grand, well done chaps.

Coffee and Cake was thoroughly enjoyed on Monday 20th at the village hall whilst catching up with friends and neighbours.

A wonderful piece of news was the arrival on 20th July, of baby Cosima, sister to Araminta and of course daughter to Nick and Charlie. Huge congratulations to you all.

A vast temperature change this morning, the grass is growing once again and everywhere is greening up. Mowers can once again be heard after remaining silent for so long! The tomatoes have been so very sweet and in abundance this year. We are up to our 40th outdoor cucumber, from just two plants, unbelievable and the one curly courgette plant has taken over one of the veggie patches…..they have loved the sun. A sunflower, as high as the runner beans, has grown from a seed that must have been dropped by a bird and looks amazing, such a thick sturdy stem, must take a picture. Enjoy the Bank Holiday, hopefully we will get to see the Red Arrows while enjoying a glass or two in the garden.