Thank you to all the people who came to the Writhlington School orchid festival on Saturday and helped to make it such a wonderful day. I really enjoyed it and I know that the students of the Writhlington Orchid Project did too....so some high points. 1. The opening. Julia Willison from BGCI was brilliant a really touching speech and then inviting all the students to take a pair of scissors to jointly cut the ribbon was perfect. 2. The students, who were all absolutely fantastic, working their socks off from 7.30 in the morning until 5 in the afternoon giving tours, manning the sales table, giving lectures, cooking the food, and answering question after question. 3. The volunteer adults who's help on the day made it run so smoothly and be such a pleasure for everyone. Special thanks to Anika Roellke who came all the way from Germany, Lauren Gardiner who came nearly as far (from Kew), Annie Pugh-Jones who only came from Frome but has been working for this event for weeks and Haley and Paul Shackleton for running backwards and forwards to the station so that Julia could make it to the show and get back for her husband's birthday celebrations. 4. The students and staff of the Orchid Cafe for the wonderful food and 5. The members of the orchid societies who brought plants for a fabulous show. More pics to come over the next couple of days but for now here is a view of the official opening with Julia (on the right) with all the growers and their celabratory cake outside the new greenhouse and with Sikkim prayer flags in the background.