There is not a lot to say about the British Czech and Slovak Association (BCSA) Garden Party 2015 that I have not said about previous years, and that is because there is no point in changing a successful formula.
As a Garden Party it always looks to the weather to play its part and this year it did with plenty of sunshine and no rain. The last time that the Slovak Embassy hosted the event, in 2013, the rain kept us indoors for most of the afternoon but this time we were able to enjoy the garden that the two embassies share for the whole event.
The successful formula that was repeated was based around the opportunity to talk to lots of people with food and drink at hand to keep the energy levels up, music and dancing to entertain, and raffles and stalls to tease money out of our pockets for the BCSA's charitable purposes.
I had notable conversations about Compassion in World Farming, Holland Park Opera, the newly opened Prague of twenty years ago which was new and exciting but vegetarians had to survive on smazeny syr, cherries and tomatoes, ferrets and chinchillas, Ibsen's Ghosts and, of course, that evening's Champions League Final between Barcelona and Juventus.
I did not win any of the t-shirts that I fancied in the raffle and was one ticket away from winning a cake but I never expected to win anything with my miserly £2 investment and everything else about the afternoon was wonderful.