I have lived in the same village for over twenty five years and the things I love most about village life are the whole village events that bring everyone out, helping or joining in. There is a wonderful sense of community and friendship. Today was our annual Harvest Fair and despite the threatening look of those clouds it was a warm and sunny afternoon that brought the crowds out to enjoy the fun.
There were old tractors and vintage cars, displays from police dog handlers and firefighters, tombolas and raffles, sideshows and stalls
There was a fabulous band, a barbeque and a beer tent as well as teas, cakes, ice creams or anything else you might fancy.
And the whole afternoon was rounded off with a traditional tug of war... and if you look very carefully you can see our MP leading the adults in dragging all those children across the mud!
And of course, there was the horticultural show in the village hall. Despite all your well wishes my pretty biscuits did not convince the judges and only came in third place... which would have been quite respectable had there been more than three entries in that class!
But I was not disappointed because I picked up firsts in the fruit cake, bread rolls, fruit scones, cheese scones, jam, chutney and needlework classes which meant I was the overall winner of the homecraft cup.
My old domestic science teacher would never believe it!
When we got home we celebrated with afternoon tea of prize winning scones with prize winning damson jelly...
And I'm now off for an early night because we've got another busy day with afternoon tea tomorrow that promises to be rather special... but I'll tell you all about that next time!