Up a Hill, then a Musical Italian Feast

With disarming rapidity a village walking year has turned and it is our turn to find ourselves converging on the Village Hall car park to assemble a small group of walkers.  We scoped this walk a few weeks back in hot weather and found Hambledon Hill a trial.  This second Saturday in October the weather is cooler and thankfully dry.  On his occasion I enjoy the walk much more and the pub lunch we have organised goes down well with the group.  After our meal I do a quick change as we are next on stage in Wallingford at the pub for The Little Green Chef’s inaugural charity dinner.

What a star Joel is, he is cooking a 3 course Italian meal for some 50 people in aid of the Children’s Ward at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.  He has a chef from the pub’s kitchen to help him and an army of young helpers.  The evening goes with a swing aided by the various friendly musicians who have been signed up for the gig.  Joel makes an amazing sum of money and the feel good factor hits the ceiling.

The Lights repair to North Farm for the night, where 6 adults and 6 kids pack themselves in like sardines.  On the morrow, after a logging session, an orchard raid and Sunday lunch Nick and I head for home.


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