Of Tea and Cake
There isn’t an awful lot of glamour involved in running an allotment, most of the time it’s muddy boots, ripped jeans and let’s not get started on the scarecrow hair and grubby nails. Yesterday however was very different when I had the opportunity to glam up and for an afternoon at Clifton Nurseries in Little Venice. Hosted by gardener Rachel de Thame in conduction with Clipper Teas, the event was in aid of Contact the Elderly of an organisation which is solely dedicated to tackling loneliness among older people by organising monthly Sunday tea parties.
This resonates enormously with me. One of the reasons we chose to have our plot at Southbourne Gardens was its strong sense of community and over our time there we’ve seen what a source of comfort this can be to plot holders including ourselves. At the heart of what happens on the site is sitting down together with a cup of tea or coffee, sharing news and exchanging views, mixed together with tales of former plot holders and a little light gossip thrown in for good measure.
It was a throughly enjoyable afternoon of gardening chat, fun and laughter, tea and lots of lovely cake and I feel very privileged to have been able to take part and make a contribution to this wonderful organisation.
Click here for more information about Contact the Elderly