On Monday March 9th, on a cold afternoon, 30 members of Monday at 7 met for a tea at Taddy’s Barn. The room was warm and the tables were decorated with chequered napkins and fresh flowers. An eclectic mix of paintings adorned the walls, including some of animals. Taddy’s also runs an art studio. We all enjoyed the substantial meal of sandwiches, scones and cakes, along with plenty of tea and coffee. Butter, jam and cream accompanied the scones. The staff were very friendly and extra supplies of food kept appearing. A great deal of happy chatter and bonhomie made the time pass quickly. We felt keen to repeat the event next year and were glad to have helped support the work that Taddy’s does with students with learning difficulties. An afternoon of friendship underlined our Christian values.
Like the animals to the ark, nearly 30 members of the group could be seen approaching in pairs down the long drive of St Leu, each holding its contribution to the American supper. The result was a dining room table full of delicious, home made food; indeed more than we could all eat, but it was greatly enjoyed, although a little subdued owing to the recent loss of Desmond Harvey, one of Monday at Eight’s most regular and supportive members. Thanks to the hospitality of Geoff and Barbara Love who kindly hosted us in their home, we all had a restful and gastronomically successful evening.
Monday at Eight visit to Mt Ephraim Gardens
Sixteen members and friends visited these beautiful gardens on a perfect summer day in July. We met at the entrance as parties of 10 or more enter for a reduced rate but then we were free to roam at will. Although the trees and flower beds are situated on slopes and hills, for most people, it was quite possible to walk round taking advantage of the regular seats available for the weary. The peace one felt surrounded by all this beauty was wonderful. Then it was off to the Tea Rooms for cups of tea, cake or a cream tea. We returned home weary but very happy.