I’m late…I’m late…
In Monday’s post I started to relate the events of our fun~filled Bank Holiday weekend. But when it came time to publish it I’d only got as far as Sunday evening, so the last part of the title didn’t make sense. As it was still a Work In Progress, I’d hoped to finish it for Wednesday ~ then in the middle of uploading photos the programme decided to quit. So, like that other White Rabbit, the one that Lewis Carroll wrote about, I’ve ended up being really late.
The technology seems to have sorted itself out now, fingers crossed. So on with the story!
Horse Poo, Catfishgumbo and The Mad Hatter contd…
After our hard work in the garden Martin and I decided to give our aching muscles a rest and take Monday, the Mayday Bank Holiday, off. Gift to Nature, a local charity we support in lieu of sending Christmas cards, was hosting a ‘Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’ as one of the events in an ‘Along The Riverbank’ celebration, run by the New Carnival Comapny.
So we packed a picnic, donned floppy sunhats and set off in the direction of the venue. I’d noted the postcode on my phone but the map of this part of the countryside had no identifiable landmarks, which made locating it tricky.
After we’d taken a few wrong turns down narrow lanes, we were completely lost. Hot and bothered we were just about to abandon the whole adventure, when we literally stumbled across the place we’d been searching for. Sandown Community Orchard it seems, is not in Sandown after all, but in Lake! How very ‘Through The Looking Glass’! No wonder we ~ and everyone else we spoke to, including the one of the organisers ~ had difficulty finding it.
But, in the end, the effort and frustration were well worth it:
The above characters are actors who mingled with the crowd, before improvising an excellent Tea Party scene with some of the children who’d come in costume.
A cute little Sheltand pony wandered by, followed by a group of dogs in Wonderland Fancy Dress.
My Fab Friend Jules was there, running story~telling sessions, her books and amazing artwork on sale and there were a few other stalls spread throughout the site, such as face painting and promoting Gift to Nature and the New Carnival Company.
Here’s Jules, sitting on hay bales in her fairy glade, chatting to Martin and White Rabbit Anne Abe, who is a teacher, coach, choreographer and Principal of ‘Dance Vibez’ dancing school. Throughout the day Anne jogged around the site in character, encouraging visitors to attend the Tea Party and to come and listen while Jules read out her stories.
This turned out to be an enchanting, quirky and charming event and we’re already looking forward to the next one! 🙂
But what about this Wightrabbit?
Well I started writing this post on Monday evening and it’s taken me until now to finish it. In the meantime I’ve done more in the garden ~ the salad leaves I planted are already germinating! I’ve cooked and cleaned and read an entire historical novel in the sunshine. One morning Martin, Indie and I walked further than we’d planned and discovered two more Gift to Nature sites. We’ve decided to explore all the others over the summer and we’ll definitely attend more of the charity’s imaginative events ~ there’s a Butterfly Ball and a Big Kite Picnic coming up at the end of the month. I’ve practised my Qigong routine most mornings, to keep me fit for forthcoming adventures and I’ve started attending a Chakra Colouring Course ~ I’ll tell you more about that another time.
So, am I late…really? Or am I publishing this exactly at the right moment, having thoroughly enjoyed composing it over a period of days, recalling magical memories of that balmy afternoon? Because that’s what being retired is all about, isn’t it? Enjoying this time of life, when we’re lucky enough to be free from deadlines and external pressures and can just go along with the flow.
No, I’m not late at all.
I’m having the time of my life!