Put together a lovely sunny afternoon, a big garden where plenty of social distancing can take place, fresh scones, plenty of tea and coffee and WI members coming out of lockdown, what have you got? Plenty of chat and laughter. Our second meeting in the sun…..not the full amount of members which may still be a long way off yet, but still a very pleasant afternoon. Thank you ladies…where next?
Well done ladies…conquering tech problems to meet again to discuss ‘Shabanu, Daughter of the Wind’. The general opinion was that it is a well written book, well researched, with very good descriptions of what it was like to live travelling through the dessert. We discussed cultural traditions and women’s’ choices. Do men have choices? Where does that Meeting time go? Suddenly it was time to score the book and decide on the next one. Scoring with fingers this time ladies! Note the concentration. There is always some time to have a quick catch up and make sure everyone is ok. Meeting in a garden next time?
Creekside WI Beetle meetings are now a regular activity on a Monday evening and our beetle family are growing not only in membership but also in number of beetles won. The beetles are getting bigger too! We rattle our way through the games, enjoying drinks and nibbles if required and even have time for a quick chat. The Zoom time is never quite long enough so we are increasing our activities to Bingo, ( the first meeting on June the 18th) and a cheese and wine meeting so that we can just relax and chat, technology permitting. Well done ladies, you haven’t given up the fight with technology. You’ve battled on and got there in the end. Life on line is quite exciting
Report by Rio Bellgore-Gullit
Six members met at Brannon Way car park and then travelled to Newchurch, courtesy of Wendy and Elizabeth. Esme met us at Newchurch car park. We then descended The Shute, admiring gardens en route, crossed Langbridge that spans the River Yar to join the cycle track. Here, we turned left and made our way towards Horringford. Pedlars cafe was open but we did not partake on this occasion. We left the cycle track by turning left up a track to Wacklands Farm, bypassing the puddles the best we could. From Wackland Farm, we followed Wacklands Lane to Winford Road and then turned left again and followed this road to All Saints Churchyard, admiring gardens again en route.
The walk was intended as a snowdrop walk but we were too late for the snowdrops this year, although there were some left. There were also some crocuses but it was the daffodils that stole the show this year. In the past, when we’ve done this walk a bit earlier in February to see the masses of snowdrops, there have only been some daffodils out. This year, it was the other way around – it made a nice change, to be honest!!
After admiring the flora in the churchyard, we made our way back to the cars and then made our way to the cafe in Thompsons Garden Centre for lunch. Margaret had an appointment in the morning and so was unable to come on the amble but she joined us for lunch. After lunch, we had a wander around the garden centre and Mary bought an obelisk for her garden. We then returned to Wootton.
Mix a pancake, Stir a pancake, Pop it in a pan Then eat it!!
Mmmmmmmm delicious, especially if there is a choice of lemon, sugar, honey or chocolate spread. Then follow that with a choice of chocolate cake or lemon meringue with ice cream or cream and a nice cup of tea or coffee. Some Creekside members not only enjoyed early ‘Pancake Day’ food but finished a very enjoyable afternoon with a Beetle Drive. Congratulations to the winner, Rosalind Eaves; ‘Thank you’ to everyone would helped make it such fun.
You may have noticed the absence of blogging from the Craft Group during the latter part of last year.
The reason became clear at the December meeting. It was difficult to do a report on what was a secret. Hope you are all enjoying using your CREEKSIDE WI bags, we all certainly enjoyed the challenge. Some had never attempted this skill before so were more than pleased with the end product.
Well the New Year is well and truly with us and the enthusiasm of the group continues. ‘What are we going to learn to now’ everyone asked. With the popularity of needle felting growing this was the challenge set.
On Tuesday 11th February seven members met at Linda’s and ‘barbed needles’ in hand and instructions not to stab your fingers (you would only do it once –‘ouch’) we pricked away producing some successful pieces.
We are meeting next on Thursday March 5th at 11am, again at Linda’s home to continue our pricking skills. Thank you Linda for having us, we come for the toasted tea cakes really. Any one who would like to join us is very welcome. Look forward to seeing you.
It was Hazel Lewis’s 90th birthday today and a group of us decided to visit her at home to wish her a very happy birthday. We met at 3pm on her drive to go creeping in the side door to give her a surprise Happy birthday sing a long. She was delighted especially when we brought in a cake with many candles ready for her to blow out. She was surrounded by flowers and cards, and lots of hugs and good wishes. Hazel had not been very well early on in the year, and to see her home again, making fantastic progress was great. Well done Hazel see you soon back at club night.
It was a great night tonight girls- thanks for coming! Everybody really enjoyed The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain, which was about the different strands of love that can be found in life. An easy read with characters that we could all identify with. A book you could pick up and put down and still feel involved in. It scored an average of nine.
Coffee anyone? How many teas? Cake, biscuits and a good old chat – lovely way to top off the evening.
‘Would I Lie to You?’ Of course not! Or would we? After some very in-depth questioning, members had to decide if the ladies on the panel were telling the truth or lying when they told a short personal story. There was quite a variety of tales e.g. I was a trials bike rider, I swore in Afrikaans and was rumbled by the German nurse, I cut my sister’s hair off and stuffed it inside my teddy, stranded in a boat in a storm our rescuer would not tow us to safety until he had my husband’s shoes and I was a member of the largest dance troupe dancing together.
Arthur Edwards made sure everything ran smoothly and Barbara took questions from the floor. Who would guess the WI ladies could lie so convincingly or have such unusual experiences? I wonder what other interesting stories members could tell.
Creekside decorated a tree at St Peters Church Havenstreet today.
We we are asked by our treasure Barbara Edwards if we would like to take part. We decided to make pom-poms in the shade of grey and use silver balls and silver tinsel to decorate.
We were pleased and so was the church in our involvement.
The trees will be up until 6th January it’s well worth a ride out to visit this very pretty church in the heart of Havenstreet.