Book Club – Review

This month we read I Can’t Begin to Tell You, by Elizabeth Buchan. 

The novel by Elizabeth Buchan, an American author is about the resistance movement in Denmark during the Second World War.
The owner of a large estate, Bror, collaborated with the German occupation to protect his family and estate. His English wife, Kay feels her country needs her support when the resistance movement contacts her for help and in spite of concerns for the safety of her son and daughter gives shelter to the resistance on the run from the enemy.

The story is well written and well researched especially the secret communication section in Britain. You realise how the agents and the women taking and receiving the morse code messages had a special relationship with each other and how the loss of an agent affected them.

There was tension in the story and a very dramatic and surprising ending. I would have liked to have known more about what happened next.

The group as a whole enjoyed reading this book and gave it a mark of 7.5 out of 10.

Report by Sylvia Burrows

Kurling – Creekside v Waterside

On a very hot July evening Ann Parker welcomed 14 members from Waterside WI who joined us for a fun evening of food and Kurling. Jenny Gaches did us proud again, having spent a hot afternoon in her kitchen cooking a selection of Quiches, these were then plated up by committee members and served with salad and new potatoes, followed by strawberries and ice-cream.

Tables cleared and folded away, battle then commenced between the two teams, a mix of Waterside and Creekside members in each, Red and Blue, well that is the colour of the pucks , we like to keep it simple, every picture tells a story as you will see from the photographs.. Yes the Blue Team won 13 points to Reds 5, but Reds had the last laugh, landing a bulls eye on the last shot of the match, but alas was too late for victory. Did ‘sweeping’ make a difference…..no that was for fun.

Waterside thanked us and everyone agreed that it had been a lovely evening and helped take our minds off feeling the heat.

Report by Cheryl Howell

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Craft Day

A great way to spend an afternoon at Linda’s in Shanklin , with like minded members from Creekside WI.

We had decided to get together to make some Christmas craft items for the Christmas Fair for Federation in Newport later in the year.

Some fab ideas, have been put forward, and we have arranged groups to meet during August,September, and October to make a selection of items. Suggestions put forward to make included, face cream in decorated jars, Christmas decorations for a tree, wreaths made from material and put on a hessian back, to hang on a door and other Pom Pom decorations for a tree. More adventurous ideas were dream catchers, but I think that will be a later project, when we are a little more experienced.

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Party in the Park 2018

A beautiful day for our party in the park, we expected the sun to shine, but it really was a hot day.

We set the tables up at nine o clock with the public coming arriving at 12 noon. With help from WI members we were soon on our way to setting up a good display. We put up 2 gazebos, bunting and 4 tables, then emptied the cars with all the produce we had brought.

 
Lots of cup cakes decorated to look like pigs or sheep, made people smile. Plus a wide selection of fruit cakes, boiled fruit cakes, chocolate cakes, Victoria sponges, banana cakes – cakes of all shapes and sizes I was so pleased with the selection. Jars of jam and whiskey marmalade, were filling the tables up nicely and our stall was looking good. Boxes of marzipan fruits, were next – they looked very tasty.

A raffle for a basket of fruit and a flower picture game organised by Sylvia, with the winner getting £25 was next to be set up.

Then came a table filled full of books, bags, and scarves. Not to mention a luck dip for the children to enjoy.

Next was our best money maker, WATER OR WINE people were asked to pick a bottle for a £1, pull off the paper it was wrapped in and it was revealed if it was water or wine. It was great fun watching there faces when it was revealed a bottle of wine we had lots of takers.

Medina marching band kept the atmosphere a happy day in the sun shine in the park.

I’m sure all the ladies who helped enjoyed the day, although in the beautiful weather it was an exhausting day.

Report by Ann Parker

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Eastern Promise Bellydance

Debbie Webb from Eastern Promise Dance Troupe was our speaker or rather the dancer this month.

Debbie explained the intricacies of belly dancing and how she first took part. She said that it is a great activity for confidence building, enjoyable, with no age barrier. We handled beautiful, heavily beaded costumes and saw how she wafted her veils and spun her wings. She also showed us her cane, finger cymbals and belts decorated with beads and coins accompanied by some impressive hip wiggling. We were invited to join in! WE DID!!!
Another ten minutes and who knows…

 

Garden Party

It was hot, hot HOT! The sun shone down on members of Creekside WI who enjoyed a Canadian themed barbecue last Friday. We have are twinned with Navan WI in Ontario so checked shirts were worn but only the brave wore jeans because it was too hot! Cool delicious salads accompanied sausages and burgers followed by bananas chocolate sauce and ice cream. A stimulating quiz, music by Canadian musicians and scarf, bag and book sale added to the fun. Thanks were given to all who helped to make it such a lovely afternoon.

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20th June Ramble

Kathy Barter, from East Cowes, joined four members of Creekside WI: Wendy, Elizabeth, Mary and Rio, at Brannon Way car park. Wendy then drove us to Seaview to join members from other WI’s around the island for the annual communal ramble or amble, led by members of Seaview WI. Mary and Kathy went on the amble. Wendy, Elizabeth and Rio did the ramble, led by Christine and back marked by Beth. There were 14 on the coastal ramble that had to fit in with the tide times.

From Seaview car park, Christine led us down Pier Road and on to the beach. We paused for a photo shoot before making our way along the beach to Seagrove Bay. We then skirted the rocky Horestone Point to Priory Bay beach. The remains of a fallen tree provided a backdrop for another photo shoot. On the beach, we observed some horse riders from the riding school at Nodes Point. There was also a lady with two dogs enjoying a paddle. Engaged in her nature diary, Rio observed cockle, limpet and barnacle shells.

Once around Nodes Point, we had a break by the remains of St Nicholas Church. Christine had walked the route out and found that the Coastal Footpath was very overgrown between Duver Road and the fields so permission was obtained to walk up through the holiday park. We then joined the Coastal Footpath, passing the entrance to Priory Bay Hotel, the telecommunications mast that is disguised as a tree, the cork oak tree near Seagrove Bay and some modern architecture. We got back to Seaview a bit early so Christine took us on a loop down to the Old Fort, along by the sailing club and back up to St Peter’s Church hall.

A team of volunteers from Seaview WI had put together a very good spread. There was a choice of cheese or pate ploughmans that could be topped up with various extras from bowls on the table: coleslaw, onion, peppers, cherry tomatoes to name but a few. We then enjoyed two helpings from a choice of various sweets and this was followed by tea or coffee. It was then time for the raffle draw before we all departed.

Report by Rio Bellgore-Gullit

Visit to Carisbrooke Priory

A small group of us had a very enjoyable lunch at The Priory in Carisbrooke on a rather warm sunny day.
We all sat down to lunch of home make quiche and salad, with the obligatory fresh cream cake, followed by coffee.

A talk was then give by one of the guides at the Priory on the history of the building and who had occupied it over the years. We sat in the drawing room in the Prior for our talk the Windows over looking the garden.
We then had a tour of the ‘Cells’ the nuns slept in, they were very small with just a bed, basin and a small chest of draws, very cold looking and not at all welcoming.
Next we went in to the chapel they would have prayed in. Beautiful carved chairs and alter were very effective.
Then we had a walk around the gardens. Unfortunately they have been let go over the years, but you could image the magnificent display of shrubs roses and climbers they must have shown in there hey day.
A super day out, and well worth a second visit, even if it was just for the lunch.

Report by Ann Parker

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