We had a longstanding arrangement to meet friends for lunch today in Winchester. What we hadn't realised was that the 'Hat Fair' was on this weekend. Car parking problems etc etc. But- the town was full of groups of school children with large papier mâché birds and homemade hats. There was music, a procession through the streets and a wonderful air of jollity. We had a delicious lunch and strolled back through the cathedral grounds, where there was amazing street theatre. One bloke was so mesmerising that the crowds were ten deep all around him. He made a fortune and well deserved too! A walk by the river completed the afternoon. i was looking forward to the lunch, but this was a really unexpected pleasure!