The lead up to our candlelit garden event could hardly have been worse! It rained solidly for 4 preceding days and, only the day before did the weather pick up. That meant frantic mowing and edging wet grass, panicky spot weeding and strimming and trimming at the 11th hour!
At 7am on the day, Chris rolled up and dug out a path at the top of the former Aspen Grove and even edged the seating area. What a truly great star he is! We rushed around doing all sorts of seriously last minute jobs.
Other stars of the day (and there were plenty) were Pat Finch and her husband Brian. They arrived with Landrover and trailer full of tables, chairs, cakes, nibbles, cups, table cloths, urns......you name it. She even brought plants to sell! We've never been so posh and never had table cloths before! The dining tables looked really pretty with their green and white gingham cloths fluttering in the breeze, an arrangement of herbs, a candle and Chris's hand made wooden tea light holders. Pat and Sandra put an extensive plant sale together at the end of the drive whilst in the garage were long tables complete with snowy white table cloths laden with delicious cakes, drinks and even individual packs of homemade cheesy nibbles to accompany the wines and Pimms.
At 6pm Chris & Ian appeared and lit 100's of tealights and placed them around the garden. They set up the laser light which proved unusually popular! It looked really magical!!
In the meantime Lindy, Pauline, Lyn helped wrap and serve cakes and drinks with Pat and Sandra with Paul as Head of Plant Sales! Malc helped with just about everything whichincluded providing parking assistance and one way directional advice!
I have to mention Richard Goldman who gave up several hours to come and play the piano so romantically for visitors sitting out on the terrace. His serenading was loved by one and all!
It was a great success and the grand total for day raised was a whopping £733.16!! Truly amazing considering the viral restrictions and the need for purchasing tickets online! After all, we're just one very rural cottage garden.
I simply have to mention Pat and Brian again as, not only did they help clear up and take all the borrowed furniture back but Pat even laundered the cloths!!! Now that really was above and beyond the call of duty. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to all who helped out and supported us plus the neighbours who provided such perfect parking facilities.
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