Having had to cancel the Herbal Week back in June for a number of reasons, the long planned Open Days did go ahead though on the weekend of the 17th and 18th August. And what a contrast of days it was! The Saturday, earmarked for the people of the neighbourhood, saw strong winds and horizontal rain for much of the day. No wonder that the only visitors were Sue and Peter from Network News who happen to live only a few miles away and who were brave enough to face the inclement weather. Their tour of the field was kept rather short though, but a god long chat over hot cups of tea inside the cosy Hafod made up for their trouble of turning out.
What a difference a day makes! Having announced the event for several weeks in Quaker meeting, ten Friends plus two children made their way to Cae Non on the Sunday to spend a lovely afternoon with us, in dry and mainly sunny weather. Some of them came as far as Anglesey and most used the chance to join the tour around the whole field and see for themselves how far we have got with our endeavours, the herb beds, the willow structures, the trees planted so far etc. In typical quakerly fashion, no one was in a hurry to leave and so, over cups of hot beverages and delicious home baked cake, we then talked about all kind of things, from the way of the bumble bees to what it means to be a Quaker.