Sunday, 10 July 2011
The trestle tables are coming out of store and the Potting Shed is being swept and cleared.
Tea cups are lined up ready for the guests.
As the afternoon and the preparations get underway the sun starts to peep out from behind the grey clouds.
It is not long before the tables are set...
... the table plan is in place
and the flowers are arranged in jam jars.
As the sun comes out in earnest the heady fragrance of sweet peas begins to fill the area under the awning...
Friday, 1 July 2011
It may not be Glastonbury, but we have the rain, the mud and some music (and Captain Jack!)
The Anonymous Traveling Market is at Pythouse, complete with stalls of food, drink and crafts.
There are fewer than normal staff here today (the pull of Glastonbury was too much) but Mitch the manager is doing what he does best - managing.
Despite the misty damp weather the garden is full of visitors and their families.
I am here with my daughter Libby - and we are finding it hard to decide between the Paella or the Pythouse Farm lamb sausages with onion marmalade. In the end we go for the sausages.
Matt the chef tells me that the cafe has been quiet this week because of the persistent rain, so they have been out in the garden giving Heather a helping hand. He laughs as he says, "I think she likes it as much as I would if she started to potter about my kitchen!"
In amongst the stalls I find some pots and pans and watering cans, that a couple, Annie and John, have sourced from French markets and jumble sales ... or what ever the equivalent to a jumble sale is in France.