On Sunday morning 16 hardy walkers set out from the attractive village green at Ockley with temperatures already in the mid twenties. Temperatures climbed steadily through the day, but it was often over cast and this tempered the heat. We came across a couple of fields containing freshly clipped alpacas who found our group of walkers fascinating, but they don’t get out much. There were occasional distant views either towards Leith Hill and its tower or to the South Downs. Dappled shade covered us on most of the route which was most welcome.
When we got to the end of the walk the cars had been baking in the sun all day and the milk container was quite hot when I took it from the car. Did we have curdled milk? No, thanks to the wonders of the Dewar flask (invented in 1892) the milk inside was still very chilled so we were able to enjoy many refreshing cups of tea.
We thank our amazing bunch of bakers and marketeers for their generous contributions to the cake table from pineapple cake to raspberry tartlets: Rupert; Robert C. Richard H. Justin; James; Gordon.