Friday morning we went to the World War 1 exhibition in St Martins Church. There was a considerable amount of information relating to the families in the Parish, which at the time encompassed the Suffield Park area. It was very sad to see the photographs of local men that never came home, as well as those who died of their wounds on their return. Refreshments were available and we were able to try a piece of Trench Cake which I think the troops would have enjoyed as a treat from normal rations. There were samples of letters of condolence and one from Lady Battersea was on display with a ‘challenge’, to read her handwriting – Peter and I are still working on this! A considerable amount of research was put into the exhibition by the organisers, Martin Dennis, Derek Paul and Tim Bennett, who should be commended for the time they have spent. Next week the exhibition moves to the Parish Hall.

We get up in the morning just before six, well actually Peter gets up first and I follow shortly after while Peter lets out the chickens for me and gets Barney ready for his walk. Over the past few days there has been a definite chill in the air at this time, making it a bit difficult to know what to wear. Yesterday was a good example when it was too nippy for shorts and a t-shirt, so I put on trousers, t-shirt and a lightweight fleece. Cooler mornings coupled with the erupting Fungi, ripening Sloes and Blackberries and forming Nuts, are a sure sign that summer is nearing its end and autumn is not far round the corner!

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