Monday, 21 September 2015

Oh what a delight!

Spend a gloriously sunny afternoon, sipping lemon squash under the shade of a large and leafy tree, on the village green where bunting blows? Don't mind if I do!

This Saturday afternoon I pottered out for a short drive, following handmade signs off the main road and into the enchanting, quintessentially Sussex, village of Stedham. 
Here, overlooked by pretty cottages, the village green was decked out for a village fete. 
The Stedham Womans' Institute had organised the event as part of the nationwide celebration of the WI's centenary and their hard work was evident in all the wonderful details.

The village hall was a buzz of joyful chatter and filled with book stalls, bric-a-brac, and of course the traditional table of WI cakes, jams and other home produce. 
Ladies, gents and families enjoyed tea and cake, or wandered back out onto the village green for hotdogs and glasses of lemon squash. 
Here children played games and races whilst the adults browsed the selection of stands and stalls positioned around the edge of the field. The ladies of the WI mingled amongst the visitors ensuring all ran smoothly, looking fabulous in authentic costumes of a time 100years past. 

 Dogs, Ducks and Dahlias;
all the delights of a fete!

A beautiful bunch of dahlias from one produce stand found their way into my basket, and I simply couldn't resist a dainty cake stand. 

The smell of freshly mown grass, the drifting notes of vintage music, wonderfully warm sunshine and the billowing of triangular bunting completed the delightful scene. A large bumblebee was drawn like a magnet to the bright colour of the dahlias in my basket, diving in for a quick pitstop before flying off on her journey. 
And of course, there was always chance for a girl to relive her childhood and play on the swings...

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this charming write-up. We are all so glad you enjoyed the afternoon. Vanessa,