30 August 1996

When life can be two buckets of cherries

JUST to prove that sometimes life is a bowl of cherries, Dorothy Highwood of Kent FWC brought along two bucketsful of cherries for the annual picnic in the grounds of Hever Castle. I had forgotten that childhood game of wearing cherry earrings but some of our party remembered being Kentish girls or is it girls of Kent?

About a dozen members and their husbands had congregated by the lake for a leisurely meal before the performance of A Country Wife by William Wycherley in the open air theatre. If it hadnt been for the splendid costumes and wigs of the characters of this 17th century play, the story could have been a recent one about the permissive society. This satirical look at the antics of London society was performed by the Kent Repertory Company and raised many a laugh.

Church bells were being rung in the distance, making it a perfect English summers evening. Unfortunately the flightpath for Gatwick that evening was directly overhead, causing me to reflect that although human behaviour hasnt changed much in over 300 years the mode of transport has – considerably!

Jean Howells