Yesterday was the first Saturday of the month, which is always our Village Coffee Morning. Aren't we lucky (and this is so in all villages I am sure) that there is always a nucleus of people in a village who are willing to give up their time to organise such things?
Now that I can no longer drive I am reliant on others for my outings. The farmer is marvellous, ferrying me back and forth most days; but friend W is fantastic and always calls for me on her way to the coffee morning. After paying our £1 entrance fee, which covers coffee and biscuits (coffee served in thermos jugs so that you can have as many cups as you like) there is always a raffle with donated prizes (run by friends J and M), a cake stall (run by friend A) and various other bits and pieces. And there we sit for most of the morning; friends and acquaintances come and go and we chat, learn lots of village gossip (another feature of villages and one which - although it often has its disadvantages- also has many advantages.) Once the raffle has been drawn we come home.
Last evening friend W and I went out again. The Roman Catholic Primary School in our little town closed a couple of years ago and the building has been converted into an Arts Centre. So far it seems to be a huge success. What was the school hall is now used for a cinema, for keep fit and Pilates classes, and last night for a lovely concert. Two singers - a soprano and a mezzo - sang songs from the Opera, folk songs and songs from musicals. These two ladies are professional singers who are freelance, their voices were just right for the hall, tables had been set out and the bar was open so that the thirty five or so audience could sit with a glass of wine and listen to the delightful voices. It would have been a sad occasion if the audience had sat in a couple of lines across the hall. As it was the tables filled the hall and made it a very jolly, informal evening. We came home at 9.30 having had a lovely time. Isn't it good when things like that are such a success? TOSH (The Old School House)
deserves to be a success as everyone is working hard to make it so.
Well, as the farmer has just pointed out to me - March has come in like a lamb so will probably go out like a lion. I shall worry about that when it comes. For now, on the whole, the fields seem to be drying up a bit, although never a day passes without a few millimetres of rain in the rain gauge. Have a good week everyone.