Summer Solstice Get Together - got together

We were blessed by perfect weather and exceptionally good company - we think well over 80 people throughout the evening. We had a Scandinavian theme because it is their Midsummer Day on Friday 21 June - and because we like their outdoor-friendly customs and food.

We made a Swedish-ish Midsummer pole (with some extra slate weights on it because it was a bit wonky). And the children did little frog dances around it for us. Claire also made lots and lots of floral crowns with cornflowers from the garden - thank you!

We made a Swedish-ish Midsummer pole (with some extra slate weights on it because it was a bit wonky). And the children did little frog dances around it for us. Claire also made lots and lots of floral crowns with cornflowers from the garden - thank you!

As well as marshmallows, we did snobrod -   Danish Bonfire bread   on willow sticks grown on a local allotment and bamboo from the allotment shop. Thank you to Sam and Nicola for keeping everyone safe and having fun around the firebowl. And we had giant bubbles galore (  recipe we use  ).

As well as marshmallows, we did snobrod - Danish Bonfire bread on willow sticks grown on a local allotment and bamboo from the allotment shop. Thank you to Sam and Nicola for keeping everyone safe and having fun around the firebowl. And we had giant bubbles galore (recipe we use).

People came from as far as Peterborough - some top community gardeners - who are a great inspiration to us. And a new community gardening friend from St Neot’s, who we hope to continue to help and also to link with others.

People came from as far as Peterborough - some top community gardeners - who are a great inspiration to us. And a new community gardening friend from St Neot’s, who we hope to continue to help and also to link with others.

The bees enjoyed themselves too. The Viper’s bugloss is especially good in the Tuscan Hills perennial meadow bed at the moment.

The bees enjoyed themselves too. The Viper’s bugloss is especially good in the Tuscan Hills perennial meadow bed at the moment.

We had lots of delicious food and drink, both brought by people on the evening but also with a very generous donation from the Co-op in the Marque on Hill’s Road. It makes a massive difference having some staples to start us off. It means we don’t need to charge and so anyone can attend, even if they don’t have any cash on them at the time or are just walking past the garden and curious.

We had lots of delicious food and drink, both brought by people on the evening but also with a very generous donation from the Co-op in the Marque on Hill’s Road. It makes a massive difference having some staples to start us off. It means we don’t need to charge and so anyone can attend, even if they don’t have any cash on them at the time or are just walking past the garden and curious.

We had people who were pregnant up to those in their 90s enjoying the garden together - and from all nationalities and faiths. I think Jo Cox, who inspired these get togethers, would have liked that. Such a happy time in a beautiful garden. People came in family groups but also on their own or with friends. Making new connections and friends.

We had people who were pregnant up to those in their 90s enjoying the garden together - and from all nationalities and faiths. I think Jo Cox, who inspired these get togethers, would have liked that. Such a happy time in a beautiful garden. People came in family groups but also on their own or with friends. Making new connections and friends.

And it was good to see people just explore the garden, look at the plants, look for frogs, throw hoops around… Hope to see you all next year?

And it was good to see people just explore the garden, look at the plants, look for frogs, throw hoops around… Hope to see you all next year?