A perfect English afternoon

Meeting of friends enjoying the sunshine

The sun shone brightly on Rye Conservation Society’s garden party on Sunday June 30.

The annual event was blessed with perfect weather – bright and warm but not overbearingly hot like the day before. And this was just the recipe for convivial chats among the society’s members and non-members over a splendid afternoon tea.

Conservation Society in light and shade

Sandwiches and scones with tea or coffee were on offer, as well as delicious home-made elderflower cordial and, for those with a thirst, refreshing glasses of Pimm’s.

Scones were served the proper (Cornish) way – jam first – as the hosts at Little Orchard House in West Street hold no truck with the heretical Devon method of applying the clotted delight first.

There was a steady flow of visitors through out the afternoon between 2:30pm and 5pm but the first people through the door were a pair of Dutch tourists at 11:45am who had seen signs for the event and were after a cream tea before heading off to Hastings for a late lunch!

This writer is a big fan of cream teas and having once enjoyed three full teas in one afternoon in the Isle of Wight whilst wife and friends wasted valuable eating time going horse-riding I had great admiration for their desire to get stuck in. Unfortunately, we weren’t ready. But next year we will have contingency plans in place!

Image Credits: Kenneth Bird .


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