This week we had our first Lion Dance in the Watermill garden. During reception drinks outside the bride and groom and their wedding guests were entertained by musicians and an amazingly colourful Lion Dance.
Thunder and lightening all Friday night and then a torrential downpour on Saturday. It just didn't seem like the clouds were going to lift at all for the weddings. However, mid afternoon the skies cleared and it was possible to have reception drinks and photographs outside. In fact the sun even shone! I think the chefs who were running the BBQ on our smart new terrace were somewhat pleased too.
The gardens are looking particularly wonderful at this time of year so it's great that the sunny weather has enabled so many guests to enjoy them. The recent sunshine has coincided with an increase in couples opting to have garden games available on the lawns during reception drinks. Giant Jenga, Connect Four and Croquet seem to be the most popular....
The love story featured in last week's Priston Sweethearts post isn't the only time that Priston Mill has featured in a narrative. Previously, it has been mentioned in and even inspired other tales. For example, in the first edition of Voices : Short Stories from the Seychelles Islands by Glynn Burridge there is a fleeting mention of Priston Mill
“As the lights changed and he crawled over the crossing at the tail end of a string of painfully slow-moving cars, suddenly there it was, the signpost to Priston Mill, one of the oldest working mills in the country and where, according to the invitation, the reception was to be held”. .........
“Then Richard made his way across the field adjoining the mill where groups of people stood chatting and on towards the magnificent, converted tithe barn where the reception proper was taking place.”
The third edition of Voices has now been printed with additional stories. One of these, 'The Wedding and the Bull', was inspired following a rather bizarre incident involving a dead bull found in a pond in the Watermill garden - just a few minutes before a wedding! The author uses his graphic memories of this drama and imaginatively weaves an amusing story, which he sets and adapts in keeping with his adopted homeland, the Seychelles Islands. An ebook version of the latest edition of Voices is now available.