On Friday I opened up my home for two hours and invited in friends, friends-of-friends, and neighbours to enjoy tea, coffee and homemade cake. It was in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support; my small contribution towards the national World's Biggest Coffee Morning - I raised £325.00.
The core aim, is of course to raise money for a worthy cause, but over the four years that I have held this event, it has become so much more. People of ages come along and each year I find myself greeting both familiar and new faces.
There was a constant buzz of conversation that, due to the numbers and good weather, spilt out onto our small courtyard garden. I saw old friends in deep conversation with neighbours, mum's from school chatting with work colleagues - all sharing stories over a slice or two of cake.
It sums up what I love most of all about food - when it is shared and brings people together.