Thursday, 23 May 2013

Overdoing the rain dance

Chase Park in rain May 13

I have mentioned recently that a relatively dry period in March, April and early May was causing us concern. I joked about doing a rain dance and, thankfully, we then had a bit of rain. Alas, I think we may have overdone it. On Saturday 18th May the Whickham May Fayre was due to be held in the Village's Chase Park. In the past I have acted as a steward at the Fayre but this time I decided I was going to have a stall and use it to promote self-sufficiency and the allotment cafe we run once a month in Marley Hill Community Centre.

And then the rain came, and what a downpour! It rained constantly on Friday evening and through into Saturday morning. We had about 4cm of rain. The Fayre was therefore cancelled and on Saturday morning, instead of setting up my stall, I was plodding around in ground water, helping to take down the tents, tables and equipment.

Fortunately the allotment cafe went ahead on Sunday 19th. We ran out of our Tamworth pork burgers and the lovage and potato soup was popular.The last Tamworth leg joint was used to make pork sandwiches. We have now opened discussions with Bill Quay Community Farm to buy another Tamworth but I am also toying with the idea of making game burgers and sausages for the next cafe on 30th June. We have a supply of rabbit, pheasant and duck and we could put the meat through our new sausage making machine. Watch this space.....

(Photo above taken on Saturday in the rain when we were taking down the tents at the Whickham May Fayre.)


Linda Penney said...

lovely post sorry your show was rained off and glad your café went ahead all the food sounds lovely that you made

elfriide tramm said...

someone could arrange a rain dance hereaswell. we didn't have rain for months, so everything is dry. butitmakes spring longer astrees don'thave enough power/liquid to open and grow leaves