Social events; We had been out to coffee at a neighbour's house earlier on this week, even Lucy had been invited. J is a marvellous storyteller, a retired tax man, he sits amongst his paintings and books well satisfied with life. His wife E, though rather deaf lip reads very well and she has offered to look after my hens if we go away which is very kind of her,
Yesterday was a carvery at the pub next door and a good half of the village went, we all seem to sit in the same place as the last event. It is very noisy, lots of laughter but Harriet (the licensee) had the meal beautifully organised. Everyone came back to their tables with enormous plates of food and it was good, I had vegetarian sausages with lots of vegetables. Our table was the 'newbies' there are three couples, and the next table was also a newbie builder who had arrived nearly at the same time as us and who thought the village was wonderful. Raffle draw produced a bottle of wine for me, and there was a 'tips' collection. I think making the pub the social hub of the village is a good idea. We had had a couple of villagers for coffee the week before, LS is fascinated by how the land is owned round here, and P can give all the history of the church and its role in the village.
The next gathering apparently is a leaving party for the vicar at another village hall, there is of course only a Sunday service at the church every fortnight and the vicar perambulate around the churches, not sure how many churches this vicar has.
Next on the social calendar is a gardening quiz down at Marton village hall next Tuesday for a fiver a year and a yellow card which gives you 10% discount at all the local nurseries, you get talks, etc and days out of course.
I must take some photos of the pub, there is an untidy air to it but there are many local characters that live within its vicinity.
And what is Yorkshire famous for at the moment; Forced rhubarb, those delicate pink spears that lay as the base for rhubarb crumble, watch the video! As a child a stick of raw rhubarb and a bowl of sugar to dip it in was delicious, not sure I could do it now though.