Late September has been a particularly busy time with a variety of happenings (is this unusual I ask myself!) Here we have one of particular interest
Great to have guests who passionately believe in helping others. Having had approximately 600 guests stay with us over the years we always believe it is a two-way thing. We may offer the hospitality but we gain so much in return through the sometimes amazing people that stay with us. Here dinner is over and Alan is chatting with Harry, Tom's support driver who stayed with us over night.
We also had the pleasure of meeting Tom Benyon OBE and his wife Jane at their host's home during the evening.
Tom & Jane
Tom is 70 and he and Jane are walking 18 miles a day covering the distance between York Minster and Canterbury Cathedral (350 miles)
Not a mean feat in our current weather, gales, torrential rain and flooding.
Tom is a retired member of Parliament who founded a charity called ZANE which helps support the people of Zimbabwe who have lost their homes, land, businesses and everything. They are often elderly people who went out to South Africa when they were young.
Tom does one of these sponsored walks every year and in 2010 walked 450 miles from Edinburgh to London.
Apart from all the information he writes a very interesting blog which can be found on the above link.
The walk finishes today and we were kindly invited to attend a Black Tie £120 charity dinner cruise and auction on The Thames as his guests but unfortunately we have a prior engagement (see below)
Quite a number of birthdays too this week and having little time to make cards I found a quick way round it. I used some of my photo collages. We will be attending the 40th birthday party tomorrow evening which is a change from the 60th birthday parties we have attended recently!
Sunday we are off to spend a day with Jane and the Grand children which brings us to the end of the month and as the beginning of October is set to be an interesting and busy time I will leave that for another post.
Thought I'd leave you with one of my favourite teatime treats
Ginger Iced Oatie
Ginger Iced Oatie
12 oz rolled oats 3 lev. Tspns ground ginger 6 oz marg.
6 oz dark brown sugar 3 lev. tblspns golden syrup
For icing 2 oz butter 3 lev. tbspns syrup 6 oz icing sugar
1 ½ lev. Tspns ground ginger
Mix oats, ginger and sugar together. Melt marg. And syrup and stir it into dry ingredients. Spread mixture evenly in tin. Bake Gas 4/ 180C 20 – 30 min
Set aside to cool. 7” x 11” tin.
Melt butter and syrup and stir in icing sugar and ginger. Cool mixture to allow it to become firm, then combine the ingredients. Spoon icing over cool oatie base. Mark topping with a fork and cut when cold.