Many people come and go from the farm, some having stayed for a short time and some for much longer. Something brings them and perhaps something else takes them away.
There is a time though that pre-ordained or not lets them know that their time is coming to an end and they will reflect on what they have seen or been a part of and look forward to what is to come. Memories of difficult times will take on a softer hue and impossible situations seem hilarious with the benefit of distance.
Friends may have been made from different cultures and first time experiences will have been shared many miles from home. Different foods will have been tasted and different ways of living lived. England may not be Church Farm but Church Farm is certainly part of England.
Now the summer is over people will be returning home with tales to tell, Nutella to look forward to and a chance to speak to people in their own language again.
This year for example we have enjoyed Anna’s company who has now applied for a job in the Caribbean and is currently picking grapes with her family in Sicily. Ana from Spain is back to her studies in Barcelona along with all of our French visitors including Hanna.
Anna and Javier
The lovely Amber has got herself a job with a university having found out that people more than plants were her thing and Eva has enjoyed a trip to Greece and to see her beloved family.
Hanna and Ashley and a Chicken
Su will soon be off on her travels again leaving Dejan and Javier to look after the Cupcake Café where Pauline spent her first visit to England with Anna.
Merrick is doing loft conversions and Carl has returned to the world of advertising while Stuart continues to caramelise onions and Drew entertains and feeds the people of Guatemala.
Stuart in his whites, and blacks
Texas Tom will soon be returning to the US to get married and leaves behind another array of remarkable pieces of carpentry that will provide comfort and shelter for those he may never get to meet.
Ashley will soon be in the Navy and Ben may never get back on his bike again.
Julia returns to Germany and may even stop on the way back to take another look at St Albans!
Hungarian Bori, German Julia and French Elina sharing a sofa.
How she will miss English rural transport and perhaps baked beans and tomato ketchup!!