Not surprisingly we have had an abundance of seasonal spring colours decorating the Tythe Barn and Watermill recently. The brightly coloured daffodils both outside, in the gardens, and inside last weekend made an appropriately cheerful setting for the weddings…..
Peter has been focussing this week on feathered birds. The recent wonderful, (previously unseen here for over 25yrs) sight of a barn owl in flight, skimming across the fields repeatedly at dawn and dusk in search of sustenance has proved a catalyst. This Monday we had a farm visit by owl expert Chris Sperring, attended an evening ‘barn owl’ talk on Tuesday and, by Thursday, 8 owl boxes had been strategically placed in the surrounding farmland here. Seemingly Priston Mill is a haven for nightlife; for owls and partygoers alike.......
Spring has sprung early at Priston. No words are needed really as the pictures say it all. The gardens have come into their own with the first cut of the season leaving beautifully mown lawns and bright colours beginning to fill the flowerbeds. This, with the warm sunshine, was a real bonus for the ‘winter’ weddings this weekend.
The ambience of the Tythe Barn can be easily altered to suit the occasion. On Friday evening with candles lit, the lighting low, the soundtrack from Cotton Club playing and the far wall floodlit with 1920’s movie images it was almost possible to imagine that we were in the American Prohibition era. When people started to arrive, amazingly dressed for the occasion - gangster hats, feather boas, stunning flapper outfits, spiv moustaches and more - it was even easier to envisage. The live Jazz, casino tables and games that followed carried the party theme to another level.
We also enjoyed ‘illicit’ cocktails in teacups and a tasty supper served with style - thanks to the chefs, Paul Suter, Martin, Andy, & the waiting team headed by Paul Wood. It was a great evening and at the same time money was raised for Priston Church, where a number of our couples get married each year.