Greeted at the door by Lorraine offering a Pimms, the afternoon looked set fair. The sun was shining and there was laughter and chatter coming from several rooms already. (We were a little late having made the elementary mistake of trying to drive through Matlock Bath and Matlock along the A6 in the afternoon on a fine sunny summers Sunday. Wall to wall motor cycles, riders seemingly with a death wish, coupled with the usual sprinkling of Sunday drivers was not the recipe for a steady drive.)
Lorraine and Gordon, as always, were fantastic hosts and the table, straining under the weight of so much food, seemed to be a bit like the "Magic porridge pot" - it never seemed to lessen in quantity. Guests spread across the lawn, a gazebo, in the conservatory and the lounge, all enjoying stress free chats with people they perhaps had not seen for a while.
During the afternoon, someone found out that it was Gail's ??th birthday tomorrow, which immediately resulted in a, quite tuneful by Rotary standards, of Happy Birthday
Towards the end of the afternoon Past DG Val asked everyone to come to order whilst she said a few brief but sincere words of thanks to Gordon and Lorraine for the work they had done during their term of office. She then presented Gordon with a gift from Clubs and members of the District Team, for which Gordon said a big thank you. During his short speech he commented on how few emails he was now receiving since stepping down, to the extent that he sent himself one to check the machine was still working. So, if you read this, just send Gordon an email to make him realise we still like him.
|Under the gazebo - what's so interesting in the house??|
|Daves Clan - Gail with Sebastian, Francesca, Xanthe and Maddie|