Thankfully the rains stopped around 10am and held off until the afternoon. The event went ahead and we were able to light the barbecue and feed the visitors. I also pressed the Ugly Drum Smoker into use as a food warmer for the soup (Hickory smoked beef and bean), the mulled wine and the baked potatoes. A couple of local families, the volunteers all braved the weather to come to the orchard to have a chat and share the food. Sadly many others fearful of the poor weather stayed behind the locked doors of their cosy retirement cottages.
It was good to see the local interest in the site and to be able to encourage people to use the orchard.