“My mother said, I never should, play with the gypsies in the wood!”
We all remember this childhood rhyme, so being Whitley WI we decided to find out more.
What a treat was instore for our lucky garden interest group members.
On a sunny and balmy July evening we were invited to view the extensive colourful and beautifully shaped wooded garden belonging to Sue, one of our members. So much to see, and notice how every flower and every bush blended together, enhancing each other, yes this was a treat in itself.
Then a walk down the lane to Jonty’s house.

Welcoming us in her cider apple orchard were two very special and  intriguing gypsy caravans, painted in the way that only a gypsy can. Looking inside was a total delight with lace curtains, beds and a tiny stove…words can’t describe them, just look at the pictures.

Members had been told they could come dressed up, and many did… a fashion which has long gone, but why not? We looked great.

A wander round Jonty’s garden revealed another oasis of plants and bushes, a lily covered pond and a truly magnificent vegetable garden.

Her half-shire horses came to say hello, or was it the tasty looking carrots they were after?

Supper had been brought by all attendees, so a fine feast was ready with no effort for members to enjoy.

Special thanks for the event went to both Sue and Jonty for their very kind hospitality, and the hours they must have put in to ensure we all saw both gardens at their very splendid best, and to Alan for mowing the car park meadow and moving the caravans into their resting places.

So a truly special treat for all who came, and the question left to answer was “can we make and sell cider for WI funds?”…..Yes why not!!

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