You have no doubt all heard of the 'Lonely little petunia in the onion patch'? Well, here we have a lonely little early purple orchid in a grassy patch. It is a brave little flower, standing tall amongst the quickly growing grass - the first one we have seen on the farm for a few years. When I first married the farmer, twenty one years ago, we had a lot along the hedgerows but gradually they have disappeared. Now, one is back - albeit in a different field, so I hope it is the beginning of their return.
This week-end sees The Dales Festival of Food and Drink in our little market town. It is a highly popular event, visited by folk from all over the North of England. On the whole I don't think many local people go because of the crowds, the parking and the fact that much of the produce is familiar to us anyway.
Instead, friend W and I will go to our village monthly coffee morning, where friends J and M will be doing the raffle as usual, where a lot of the villagers I never see at any other time will be there for a chat. I shall no doubt come home with some home-baked goodies and full of village information to tell the farmer. Village life revolves around chat - some folk don't like it and consider it a down side to village life - but I think on balance the fact that folk know a lot about each other is often very helpful, particularly in an emergency. There have been quite a few deaths among friends and villagers over the past few weeks - and I know for a fact that those left behind have been comforted by village support, as I was all those years ago when I lost my first husband.
Give me village life over the impersonality of town living any day.
Friends to lunch on Sunday. To make it easy for myself I have planned a simple menu. I shall not reveal it on here as the said friends read my blog (!!) but sufficient to say that our local deli features widely.
Out tonight with friend W to see our local Amateur Dramatic Society in B O G O F - two one act plays (buy one get one free) - I understand that last night was a sell out - they are always popular - so I will report on it tomorrow. Have a lovely May Day Week-end - a Bank Holiday here in the UK.