June Blog 2017

A fall of large snowflakes took us all by surprise at the end of April, luckily the weather perked up wonderfully for the Bluebell Coffee morning on Saturday 29th. The bluebells were stunning, the garden beautiful, the stalls overflowing. Such a wonderful social occasion for friends, family and visitors to enjoy these wonderful grounds. Thank you very much Julian and Sally for giving us all so much pleasure. It was of course fantastic to raise over £1,000 for St. Michael’s Hospice, the best ever. Well done to all who helped.
The following morning, 30th, over 100 people, including children, arrived at Warren Farm to take part in the Fun Walk/Run of either 5k or 10k in Sally’s memory and to raise funds towards a defibrillator for the village. A tremendous time was had by all, including the 20 or so dogs of all shapes and sizes! Many children, some very small, ran the 5k at amazing speed contesting a very tight finish, however, Orlando Kennedy and George Stephenson arrived first. Ollie Palmer and Rory, winner and runner up were the first home for the 10k. Darcy Atkinson was the first girl home. They all did brilliantly. We were greeted at the finish with a glass of bubbly and a very delicious bacon roll, expertly cooked by Peter Harrison on the Bar-B-Q. A very big thank to Suse and Simon for organizing the event and for setting out such a great trail. Also thank you to Peter and Mouse for letting us all walk and run through fields and woods, wonderful. A grand total of £1387 was raised.
May arrived and on Thursday 4th a group from the village visited Tufton, Church Cottages and The Smallholding owned by Jane and John Huxford. Their gardens are opened for charity in the National Garden Scheme. Amazing gardens, gentle exercise, delicious cake and tea, which were enjoyed outside in the barn. All topped off by the sight of 20 orphan lambs gambolling around in the adjoining paddock. We all went home with plants and very happy faces, thank you Chris for organizing this most enjoyable visit.
Friday 12th was the book club meeting. As nobody had read the book, it had been agreed to hold the meeting at the Fox for coffee. Well done Julia, excellent idea, exchange books and put the world to rights, a lovely social morning.
The evening of Friday 19th a jolly group of villagers went off to the Haymarket to see Monty Pythons ‘Spamalot’ performed by B.A.T.S. Excellent. Songs, dance and laughter from start to finish. I do believe Marilyn might have been taking notes!!
Sunday 21st was a beautiful day for the Rogation Walk. A total of 4.2 miles through glorious countryside visiting Deane, Ashe, Steventon and finally North Waltham where we ended to share lunch together. Fields and crops were blessed and even Bob the skewbald as he made his appearance for extra strong mints, with the beautiful church of Steventon in the background.
There have been some fun Ukulele practices and also singing every other Tuesday evening. A busy time in the garden now. Willow seed like snow, blew across the garden leaving a fine layer over the lawn. A swallow flew low to the grass and quickly scooped up a feather to add to its collection in the nest. Baby robins are being fed by the parents, blackbirds hurriedly collecting a beak full of worms, a wonderful time of the year. There have been quite a few swarms of bees around. One that swarmed in the hedge was quite amazing to see, around 25 thousand bees, thankfully taken away by the bee keeper, but fascinating to watch while this was expertly performed. Everywhere is looking beautiful now with new life and sublime shades of green. Hot weather forecast, unusual for a Bank Holiday!! Bar-B-Q time and get together with family and friends. Enjoy.