November Blog 2019

Harvest at the end of September seems ages ago now especially as I have just put the fruit into soak in brandy in readiness for out Christmas cake! However, that was full on as early that morning the flower ladies were at the church early and decorated it beautifully for the Harvest Service on the Sunday. Over to Jackie Osmond’s in North Waltham for her coffee morning in aid of McMillan Cancer Support. Amazing support, wonderful to see so many, the weather was fabulous so everyone could be outside in their lovely garden. Well done Jackie, what a wonderful amount to be raised, your cakes were very delicious too. In the evening Harvest Supper was held in the village hall, brilliant, delicious food, excellent company, plus a picture quiz to keep us busy, thanks to Charlie. Thank you to Rachel, also for making the hall look lovely with flowers left over from decorating the church. A wonderful time for all to come together and share in this special time. Harvest service on Sunday morning finished everything off perfectly.

Into October the rain had come just in time to soften the stubble fields for the ploughing match at Stoken Farm on Saturday 5th. We got there a little late due to the rugby! But all was still going along brilliantly, the sun was shining and smiling faces were in abundance. Nick and Katie’s son, Jack, had just completed his section and his face was glowing. First time at ploughing and he did brilliantly, great to see, so well done Jack. Fabulous to see a different view of the village and surrounding area from up high in the field, a great event, thanks to Matt and Tamsin. The overall winner of the ploughing match was Pete White.

Sunday evening of the 6th the United Benefice choirs joined Ashe and Deane for their Harvest Service at Ashe. A lovely service with delicious refreshments afterwards, thank you.

Friday 11th the Book Club met at Sue’s for a very chatty morning, full of laughter whilst sipping coffee and eating yummy cakes! Thank you Sue. ‘Years of Wonder’ by Geraldine Brooks was eventually discussed. This was based on a true story of the plague in the village of Eyam in Derbyshire, the year was 1666. Excellent read, an overall score of 8 was given. In the evening the village hall became the venue for the Film Club, thanks to Sue once again, where we all thoroughly enjoyed watching ‘Fisherman’s Friend’. Brilliant, uplifting and very amusing, filmed in the gorgeous Port Isaac, about a Cornish cappella group who hit the big time, eventually! With their debut album of Sea Shanties. Choc Ices were thoroughly enjoyed at half time, thank you Rachel.

September’s and today, 21st Oct. Coffee and Cake mornings in the village hall have been great, a wonderful time for friends and neighbours to get together for a few hours of catch up over delicious cakes and coffee.

U.F.O. has once again resumed after the summer as have Ukulele’s, nails have had to be trimmed and Ukes dusted off!

Stunning sunrise a few weeks ago, it took ones breath away. The owls are now heard returning to roost around 6.45 in the morning as they call to one another. I spotted a flock of yellow hammers while out walking down the track, a joy to behold as I had not seen any for quite a while, we even had a yellow wagtail in the garden. A funny sight a while ago, the first rain for a month, we looked out and around 7 pigeon’s all stood in a rough line, lifted one wing up to gather the droplets then lifted the other wing to do the same, then repeated the sequence!!! Hilarious… Talking of pigeons, Peg Leg, as many of you know, surprised us by eventually, after all these years, produced two babies! I am sad to say he looks the worse for it as they never stopped pestering him for food. I think this may be his last year…The fire has been lit, clocks go back this coming weekend, lots to look forward to. Rolling Supper, Christmas Fair on the 23rd November, do come along if you can, plenty of goodies to buy, great company, Christmas cake raffle and much more. Autumn colours are beginning to bring beautiful changes daily, so wonderful, makes one stop and take it all in and try and remember not to take it all for granted. The bird feeders need replenishing, looks like the lawn needs yet another mowing, hedges have been trimmed, fire going and a cuppa on the go. Bliss…