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FEAST OF LANTERNS MEET
18th – 20th SEPTEMBER 2015
We arrived on site after a good journey from Eastbourne, to promptly sink and have to be towed to our spot by Laurie's new best friend Mick May. Thanks Mick and thank heavens for 4 x 4s.
There was a good mix of ESDA members, Surrey DA and South Downs. Hope I haven't left anyone out. After a nice sit in the afternoon sunshine and a bite to eat, Laurie and I, Val and Terry and Doreen and Ian decided to take a walk to the nearby hostelry, The Partridge, to watch the Rugby World Cup match. Luckily we got there early enough to get seats and enjoyed an exciting match and great chips!!! On our return we joined everyone in the gazebos provided to help celebrate, belatedly, Jeannie and Mick Mays 25th wedding anniversary. Great photos of a young handsome couple.....
Saturday dawned a beautiful day, a bonus this late in the season. A small group of us took the opportunity to take a stroll in this lovely area. It was also an opportunity for me to collect some lovely blackberries, to go with the apple windfalls that Ros and Alan kindly left for everyone to take.
It was a really hot afternoon and there were lots of busy people getting their tableau's ready for the evening event, the theme of which was China.
We had our barbeques and then got our small effort ready. And then it was time to sit down in the brilliantly decorated gazebos to enjoy our Chinese nibbles. Some people were better than others with chopsticks!!! Jeannie and Mick and Jane and Roger made an effort and dressed up. Once it was fully dark, everyone paraded around the units, filling in their 1st and 2nd choices of best tableau and trying to guess the name on the outside of the gazebo, which was in Chinese. All the lights looked lovely and there were some good twists on the theme.
We all reassembled in the gazebos and finished off the evening with drinks and chat.
Sunday morning started off misty, after a cold night but turned into another beautiful day. At the coffee morning, the winning entry was announced and our youngest member, Ben Smith received the trophy. Well done Ben, and granddad Dave.
We enjoyed our barbeque brunch and some hot sunshine and most looked in no hurry to leave. A small meet, but a lovely friendly one. Sometimes, they are the best. Well done stewards, Jeannie and Mick and Jane and Roger (who stepped in to help).
Sue & Laurie Bishop