This afternoon was simply brilliant! It was out third annual Freshers' tea and it was the best yet. I'm sure it helped that it was a dry day and that our returning students all came and helped run it. I'm sure it helped that a few overseas students had already found us and brought friends. And I'm sure it helped that we made extensive use of social networking (Facebook, Twitter) as well as leaflets, posters, church website. A big 'thank you' to BUS who posted it on their Facebook page.
I think I counted 22 new students, as well as six returners, so it was a wonderful atmosphere. The wolfed down my cakes, and the vegan ones, and the pancakes and tea bread. They decorated cup cakes to take home. They were blown away with the goody bags of silly gifts. The grown-ups chomped the gorgeous sandwiches.
At the end of a week that has not been so easy, it was just wonderful. Gales of laughter. Several different languages too, as we had people from... Kenya, China, Italy, Sweden, Catalonia (Spain), China... fan-tas-tic!
Photos... one table with its 'afternoon tea' stand; my namesake with a group of Catalonian students; a view from 'on high'; some of the cakes the students decorated.