No-one got bitten by a snake. None of the marquees fell down. No-one got lost, or fell into the dam. The sun shone all afternoon in a huge, high, perfectly blue sky. And the CWA stall completely sold out of cakes and slices.
In short, the Tucker Patch Open Day really couldn’t have gone any better.
There was music – an impressive performance from the cute and talented woodwind ensemble from Gloucester Public School – and, perfect as a laid-back accompaniment to all the activities, funky guitar and singing from Ty throughout the afternoon.
There were stalls with interesting products to discover. Bamboo straws, toilet bombs, gorgeous bags (cleverly crocheted from those ubiquitous green and gray supermarket plastic bags) and a hanky revolution at the Eco Stall.
There was wine! Lively locally grown wines to sample at the Gloucester River Wines Stall. (You could even have a seat and a chinwag while quaffing!)
There was delicious local honey and fascinating info on bees and bee-keeping at Annemie’s fabulously decorated stall.
An informative worm farm demonstration from Stef. Face painting for the kids at the Fair Trade stall run by Dom and Amy. And a Gardening Q&A at Marnie’s Plant Stall, where you could also buy a whole range of gorgeous plants for the garden.
Ken’s Wicking Demo created a lot of interest from those looking for water-saving measures for their future gardening endeavours. Or if chilling was more your thing you could head for Linda’s stall set in a shady spot just next to the cottage garden to enjoy a relaxing free massage.
Kids had fun collecting live snails and searching for kangaroo grass and other plant specimens on the Scavenger Hunt, with a prize of seed bombs and fruit for their efforts.
There were Guided Tours. A Tucker Patch Information Stand ably manned by Pat, Jeanette and Rachel – which also featured a fabulous basket of goodies worth over $250 as a Raffle Prize. There was even a Ute For Sale!
The tantalising aroma of frying onions drew hungry people to the Sausage Sizzle, where Terry and Brian also served up Bacon & Egg Sandwiches, while our Afternoon Tea, hosted by Sue and Janine, with its pretty tablecloths and posies of flowers adorning the tables, provided a welcome oasis for those wanting to sit down and have a revitalising cuppa and a delicious piece of cake.
It was an afternoon to remember, with a certain dreamlike quality to it. In the mellow early autumn sunshine the gardens looked superb, and as the afternoon drew to a close the stunning Bucketts Ranges provided a perfect and quite startling backdrop.
We hope everyone else enjoyed our Open Day as much as we did. Thanks to all the stallholders for taking the time and making the effort to attend, all the visitors for coming along to enjoy the activities, all the Tucker Patch crew who worked so hard to pull it all together – and, not least, Marnie and her team for their amazing work in getting the grounds into shape before the event.
See you at the next one!