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Saturday, 22 May 2010

What a gorgeous day for a garden club sale....

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.


Twiglet said...

Lovely weather, lovely garden, lovely company - what more can a girl wish for!! Feet up now reading Felicity & Doreen's book!

Linby said...

What a lovely post, thanks for a glimpse into village life.

Marydon Ford said...

So enjoyed the visit of the village. Beautiful ...

Have a lovely weekend.
TTFN ~ Marydon

mckinkle said...

Well what a fab day you all had, shame theres no buns left!! lol!!

Keryn x

Handmade with Love said...

Ah, sounds like a fantastic morning and how lovely to carry on the tradition from your dad. You ladies are so lucky to have each other and your village sounds idylic! Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Tracey x

Gez said...

ooh how fantastic Annie to hear you are keeping a tradition alive & kicking. It did sound a lot of hard work but great fun too.
Wishing you a lovely Sunday.xx

Jude said...

How wonderful is that..
I have a family history of good gardeners..
my grandad in Llangollen is still remembered at the Horticultural Show with the Dennis Claybrook Cup..each year it is given to the winner by my mother or one of her 7 sisters..so proud..

Calico Kate said...

That sounds like such good fun and the cakes look delish, I don't suppose that there are any left but do send them up here ;)
Have had a quick catch up and MY GOODNESS you are a very busy person! So pleased your business is thriving, actually I might send something down to you - zips I just can't do 'em - but will email you. Am I your furthest away customer?
Well done and you have earned on their behalf a proud mummy moment for sure. Well done them.