This morning saw us rising early to set up our front garden with tables, chairs and sun parasols. The garage was made ready for the cake stall and coffee making. 4 large trestle tables were set up on the drive for the plant sale and the black board was put up to advertise the event. This is something we have done twice a year since moving into this house in 1989 when my Dad died. He was one of the founder members of the Church garden club and as our house is in the middle of the village and opposite the church gates the twice yearly sales were always held on our drive. When Dad died we bought the family home off Mum and she lived out her remaining 9 years with us so really enjoyed us keeping the tradition going [and of course Dad will still be looking down on us with pride for doing it].
Between 9.00 and 10.00 there was the hustle and bustle from the club members filling the tables with home grown garden plants and cakes and from 10.00 to around midday the front garden was filled with folk all chatting, buying and coffee drinking and what a gorgeous day we had for it.
By about 12.30 all the tables and chairs were cleared away and all was returned to normal. I'm sure a good time was had by all. Twiglet and I decided we had earned a treat so today we were ladies that lunched :-) We nipped up to the Lowfield Arms at a nearby village of Marton and Twiglet treated me to a cold drink and a really scrummy prawn sandwich [on what seemed like half a loaf of granary bread :-) ].
We timed this to tie in with a book launch held at the new Marton Village Hall. Wow what an impressive new hall they have too. The book is called 'Marton... The story of a Shropshire village' and was written by one of our blogging friends Felicity Bevan [Mountainear] and Doreen Bowen and I'm proud to say Twiglet and I now both have signed copies. It includes some really fab photos of local history and I'm sure will make good reading because if you follow Mountainear's blog you will know what a fab blog she writes.