Now that Autumn is really here, I’ve been thinking back over the summer. It was a busy one with lots of family & friends coming & going.
The highlight of the season was having all three of our children here (not an easy feat when they live on 3 separate continents), two son-in-laws & most of our grandchildren too ! The house was alive & swirling with activity – just the way we like it.
In the midst of their visits, Claude & I hosted the Annual English Garden Party for St. Bartholomew’s Church. Many volunteers spent untold days & hours baking hundreds of delicious cakes & treats for the tea (I lost count of how many chocolate cakes I baked…. when one came out of the oven, the next one went in).
Then there were all of the other tasks involved in entertaining several hundred people – setting up tents, tables & chairs; designing & printing posters, running games for the children, sorting jumble sale tables and of course, decorating with flowers & balloons (thanks to Joyeaux Tables in St. Jouan des Guerets).
Our first ever Speed Knitting Contest was great fun. The winner, who was visiting from Germany was delighted when Claude congratulated her in German (many thanks to Fil de Lune in Dinan for the wool & prizes).
As ever, my dearest husband,
oversaw everything with a meticulous eye,
was his usual charming self
& was even an engaging MC & auctioneer, too !
The wonderful thing about this event is that
everyone has such a good time helping & then enjoying the day itself
(even if it rains – which it often does for a few minutes) & then cleaning up.
The community spirit is contagious.
Reflecting back on the day I wanted to remember a few special moments.
Thoughts from my heart !
Things I saw,
an elderly lady alone, enjoying the music and company of everyone around her,
with a smile on her face.
The balloons going up in the air people looking up
with smiles on their faces.
My grandson Rowan as he stuck his hand in the bran tub and found a present,
a smile on his face.
My grandson Jules, age two, waiting under the tent
and coming out with a monkey balloon
with a smile on his face.
My next door neighbour coming for the first time
a smile on her face when she saw me.
My husband, Claude, as he got everyone into the mood of the auction,
a smile on my face!