“In an English Country Garden…” Sudbury Society Garden Party
The Sudbury Society once again held its garden party at River House, the home of Andrew and Sandie Tate, and their two dogs. What a delightful spot it was too. Utterly perfect with views of the river, All Saints church and the higgledy-piggledy assortment of red tile and grey slate roofs, gables and chimneys fronted by mature trees. People were kayaking and rowing on the river enjoying the sunshine. Not for the first time I said to myself, “I actually live here. I’m not going ‘home’ to somewhere else. Home is here.”
Of course, it was not just the scenery – it was the company. I counted over thirty people. Most knew each other. It was good to catch up for some had not met for a while, others had reverted to normal socialising as soon as restrictions were lifted. It was good to see new members who were, of course, most welcome and I’m pleased to say they won two raffle prizes – a nice introduction to the social side of the Sudbury Society. Hope to see them regularly at meetings in the Assembly Room in the Town Hall.
The Tates had set out tables and chairs under the trees – how grateful we were for their shade for the sun was hot – 27C but from time to time there was a welcome breeze. Perfect!
It was a very ‘English’ scene: scones (plain or cheese) with a choice of jams, clotted cream, a selection of home-made cakes and biscuits, and to drink tea, coffee, wine. Even the pattern on the paper napkins mimicked the leaves on the trees! I wasn’t the only one who went for ‘seconds’ at the help-yourself buffet.
Once again the Tates had done us proud, it was a delightful afternoon, and a big thank-you to Andrew and Sandie for the use of their lovely big garden and their hospitality.
Photo by Sam Thornton