Monday, 15 July 2013

Allotment BBQ Success.

Well yesterday was the day or our annual BBQ and although it didn't go off without a hitch it did happen and everyone who attended seemed to enjoy themselves.

The weather co-operated for us staying cool and cloudy throughout the morning and the sun breaking through in the afternoon as things really got going.

We have a gas BBQ at the plot which had some sort of fault so we had to start cooking on the gas camping stove (which is usually just used for boiling kettles) whilst other plot holders rallied around and brought us coal BBQ's down for us to borrow.

We had a raffle which had a variety of prizes donated by some of the other allotment holders.

The burgers and sausages bought from the local butchers were delicious and some of the other allotment holders came down with salads. We also had fresh strawberries and cream on offer.

There was also a small produce stall and a jam's and chutneys stall. 

Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and it was a nice social event. We started off the day with 50 burgers and about 60 sausages. At the end of the day there were just 12 sausages and about 6 burgers left so that wasn't too bad.

We will of course be holding one next year when we hole that a few more people can attend and we can think about other things to include. We really would like to see more of the villagers turn up so this is going to be something we discuss for our next event.

Enjoy the pics.

The produce stall looked after by Andy and his family.




The produce stall looked after by Andy and his family.
BBQ was sorted by Nigel and Julia and various drinks were available with your burger/sausages.



BBQ was sorted by Nigel and Julia and various drinks were available with your burger/sausages. Nigel did remarkably well under the pressure off initially having no BBQ to cook on!!
The salads were laid out on a table for people to help themselves. It wasn't planned the the flowers in the planter were set in the middle but what a lovely addition to the table!



The salads were laid out on a table for people to help themselves. It wasn't planned the the flowers in the planter were set in the middle but what a lovely addition to the table!
Kris (another allotment holder) brought down some of her fantastic jams and chutneys and they were available for sale



Kris (another allotment holder) brought down some of her fantastic jams and chutneys and they were available for sale, She was also more than happy to chat with customers and share recipes.
Raffle prizes.





Raffle prizes.
tables and chairs were laid out on the grass and it was a nice way to catch up and mingle with all who attended.



The tables and chairs were laid out on the grass and it was a nice way to catch up and mingle with all who attended. Of course dogs ans d children were in great attendance too!!

a beautiful sunset




And then such a beautiful sunset to finish off a wonderful day!

18 comments:

  1. It sounds like a wonderful day was had by all. Glad it was a success after the shaky start.

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    1. It was nice that people sowed up and that the weather co-operated...anything else is just memories to look back on and laugh about!

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  2. It sounds like you had a great day

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    1. Everyone who attended seemed to enjoy themselves and said they will attend next year.

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  3. What a wonderful idea!! Looks like you all had a blast!

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    1. We did Rosie, we are hoping over time we can get more interest from the villagers and it will become a big annual village event, they seem to be so lacking these days.

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  4. Glad things went well - eventually. I'm also glad that you had plenty of help.

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    1. Thanks Sue, it was nice to see other plot holders helping out and offering things up, it really is more about get a bit of community spirit going than raising money, having said that, it is always nice if you can get a it extra to improve the allotments!

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  5. The important thing is always that everyone enjoyed themselves, and it looks like you did.

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  6. Well that was a great day even if it did get off to a slightly shaky start with the BBQ.
    To answer your question about the paint I use on the spoons. For the orange I used spray paint and gave it a light coat. The brown and the darker lines in the pumpkin were craft paint.

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    1. Maybe the shaky start made this years BBQ a little more memorable Ann.

      Thanks for answering my questions.

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  7. Good fun! I'm glad everything worked out.

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  8. What a beautiful summer party, Tanya. Glad is ended on a high note for you. I thoroughly enjoyed the images.

    Toodles,
    Tammy<3

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    1. Thanks Tammy, it was nice that so many showed up to support us and visit the allotments...hopefully next year will be even netter attended.

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  9. Dear Tanya, What a nice day. To be with the neighbors and get to chat and catch up with each other. There is always a little some sort of glitch with every event but that makes it a little more exciting and fun to talk about later.
    The pictures are so nice. Thank you for posting them, I love to look at pictures.
    Blessings dear friend. Catherine xo

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    1. It was lovely to catch up, especially with a few I haven't seen for a while or as with many of us plot holders we are usually too busy sorting out our plots to stop and chat much so it made a nice change to be there clean and with a chance to relax.

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keep it clean...keep it relevant...I look forward to reading your comments!!