We were so lucky with the weather on Sunday for the Newbury Spring Festival’s Sound Beginnings!
After the family-friendly performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream with a storyteller and music from Weber and Mendelssohn specially arranged for two pianists plus entrancing images of fairyland illustrated by the inimitable Arthur Rackham, not forgetting the ever popular jumbo sheepskin bean bags!
Once the performance was over, families spilled out into the courtyard, herb garden and paddock for a picnic. We did have to track down a dock leaf for one nettle sting but apart all went well and families especially enjoyed the Pole Barn with its vintage tractors and antique gypsy caravan.
We were absolutely delighted that Tom Fortune of Fortune and Son Hedgelaying found time in his busy schedule to squeeze in laying an overgrown beech hedge in