Off to Church we went … with two horses – something different to do when farming family visit from Vancouver Island … the dog had to stay behind …
... there’d have been too much barking and general kerfuffle … after all we don’t want to upset the congregation, visitors or rattle the village any more than necessary?!
|Being blessed - a friend's pony|
The Service was on the village green, known as the Tye, in front of the Church … there were lots of hymns or songs, four readings with prayers, and the Blessing of the Animals …
|St Andrew's Church on the Tye|
... the Vicar visited each and every critter there: mostly dogs, three ponies and I expect a cage or two with some little critters as Lenny would say in it …
|At a friend's house post having a carriage ride|
As an aside: apparently the hymn “Morning Has Broken” was written in Alfriston in 1931 by Eleanor Farjeon … probably better known and to a broader audience through Cat Stevens’ recording - with the same title.
|Cara wanted to play - one|
boy wanted to zizz!
The family were entertained with carriage riding, horse and pony grooming, dog outings, walking to see the Long Man of Wilmington … lunches and suppers … some slept!
|Extended table - with|
fun Beachy Head mats
It was a lovely relaxed time … dinner and lunches were served, left-overs eaten and added to …
|Fresh from the tree in|
... mulberries, by the squishy squashy ‘millions’, were used …
.... home-made Aga meringues – this is how they should be …
|Feeding the boy!|
... the kids made sandwiches of whatever they chose … a goodly mix!
|Fresh Salmon on offer, along|
with Pork Pie, Cheeses, salads etc
one evening Roast Lamb, another Salmon, et al ...
|Henney's Dry Cider|
...a local wine from West Sussex, Cider brought up from Frome in Somerset … more wine and champers – sadly I was driving!
|Aaah - siblings!|
Lots of nattering and catching up was done … even with your sibling!
|A place to relax in the pergola|
out of the full sun ...
Well that was an easy post … lots of photos, bits of information, some captions … Bank Holiday 2016 remembered …
The family had last visited in March thirteen years ago – on an incredibly hot day – so hot – we moved lunch outside – my mother was up from Penzance, Cornwall … another fun day … It was Mother's Day - March 30th 2003.
|Before we went down ...|
… the weather was the same this year … but it was a bank holiday … though this time we went to Church … to Bless the Animals – we hadn’t done that on their last visit … and the ponies weren’t around … dogs and cat were …
That’s it … it is incredibly hot – as I write this at the beginning of the month …
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