December 24, 2011: With Darlene Love bouncing once more off the office wall here's a simple but heartfelt message from all of us here at hatherleigh.net to readers everywhere: we wish you all a Happy Christmas and everything you wish yourselves for the coming New Year.
To get into the spirit, we went Carolling this week in Exbourne and Hatherleigh. Exbourne proved damp and windy but Carols were duly sung at strategic points around the village. Mince Pies appeared at one point and Jane's hospitality later proved even more welcome, with her Aga being a useful way of drying out damp songsheets. Our first picture left is of her and husband Rod on their doorstep.
Hatherleigh on Thursday proved just as much fun, although it was more difficult to find the choir. Eventually, they were located near the Bridge and we were coerced into joining in along South Street. This was easy at first although the keys seemed to get lower as we went higher! Right is a picture from half way up South Street.
But there was a cunning plan! Waiting for us at the big house at the top was a nice glass of port and we sang carols in Brad's kitchen as a way of saying thanks. A quick trip then across the road (where we embarrassed a former President) was followed by a visit to the even bigger house, where party guests and we gathered round a super Christmas Tree and sang even more heartily, fortified by more food and wine (see left). Thanks everyone! Merry Christmas!