Greetings from sunny, hot (yes, you read that right!) Cambridge! At the moment, England is in the grip of a heatwave, with temperatures soaring into the high 80's. To borrow a phrase from The Sun newspaper years ago - Phew, what a scorcher!
I know those of you in the warmer states and Down Under are laughing at what we call hot, but you have to remember that we don't have air conditioning. We're simply not set up for very hot (or very cold, for that matter) weather. Every year, during the heat-wave, we talk about getting a ceiling fan in our bedroom for the three or four days of heat ... by then, of course, the fans have sold out and when we're back to our usual, more temperate weather, we wonder if it's worth it.
The good news about the hot weather is that it's been perfect for our village fete. It's called the Feast and is a week-long festival of music, arts and entertainment, culminating in a traditional fair on the Sunday. Plenty of stalls and fun activities for all the family, and it raises money to be shared out amongst local charities, groups and organisations. Over the past decade, the Feast has given away over £250,000!
This year, our local W.I. (Women's Institute), of which I'm a member, served tea and cakes in the main refreshments' tent. Many of the villagers drop off home-baked cakes and cookies for us to serve - something regular visitors know, so they always stop by for a delicious treat. My cupcakes disappeared very quickly, which was encouraging. And the gorgeous sunny weather meant that everyone was in a happy mood.
It was hard work - we didn't stop from the moment the stall opened until we'd sold that last slice of cake! But we all had a blast.
Does your village or town have a fete or fair? Have you ever got involved with any of the stalls?