Our annual picnic was held at Jarn Mound and Wild Garden, Boars Hill for the second year running. Around 25 of us including regular Green Gymmers and friends and partners turned up for the occasion.
Carolyn had done a fine job in organising the event and in ensuring that we all brought along a variety of food and drinks for everyone to enjoy.
The feast was prepared at 11am as we assembled in the gardens, and while a small team laid out the spread, the remainder went off on a short walk, led by James. We visited a nearby vantage point, the Signal Elm field - another Oxford Preservation Trust site, giving fine views across to Oxford itself.
As we returned, the picnic was ready and we formed an orderly queue before filling our plates with the delicious offerings. After the savoury dishes were finished, desserts were prepared including a cake for Eleanor, who has a landmark birthday at this time. We sang 'Happy Birthday' both for her and Ursula who also celebrates her birthday now.
Following tea and coffee, we packed up, bellies full and another summer programme at an end. The new edition of our work schedule is now ready to go and will be uploaded shortly!
|The group gather at the picnic spot.|
|A good turnout!|
|Lesley helps James get to grip with his map-reading skills!|
|Heading off for a walk to the Signal Elm.|
|Almost at the Elm... actually an Oak tree!|
|Rosie with the four-leaf clover she found!|
|Taking in the view over Oxford.|
|A board to assist with the identification of Oxford landmarks in the distance.|
|Oxford in the distance.|
|The blackberries in stages of ripening.|
|A path flanked with Himalayan Balsam!|
|Getting stuck in to the picnic!|
|The sun made a brief appearance.|
|Singing Happy Birthday to Eleanor.|
|Dessert is served.|
|Carolyn's amazing Guinness cake!|