Another lovely evening sharing experiences and some interesting books. No rush because we now have our own licence for Zoom so we can chat for as long as we like. The library is shut so we are still choosing our own books. This month we heard about Tidelands by Phillipa Gregory, The Last Runaways by Tracy Chevalier, The Botanist’s Daughter by Kayte Nunn, The Thread by Victoria Hislop and A Time of Love and Tartan by Alexander McCall Smith. Pauline gave us an Island writer, M J Trow who wrote Queen’s Progress. Scores ranged between 7 and 9. The great thing about sharing books that we have chosen is that we get a brilliant insight into what these books are about and how much pleasure the reader has had. Perfect recommendations! Can’t wait for next month.👍🌈C Downie
We had a lovely evening together, chatting, laughing and welcoming three more members who have conquered the trickiness of technology and are joining in with our online games. Lovely to see you Jo,( helping Margaret), Margaret and Pat. Our reigning champion Chris did not have a good evening as far as scoring is concerned and was overtaken by Sue. But wait! Do we have another contender for a prize? Yes, Yes, Yes? NO!!! Sue you were the worthy winner of this week’s needle felted Beetle
with 174 points. Congratulations!🥂🎉🎉🎉
Congratulations! Sue Moore is the winner of this week’s Beetle Drive with 217 points. Abraham Peña is winging his way to you.
An interesting evening when WI members not only enjoyed their games and chat, but also conquered technology (sort of). One of us could not be heard so she used her phone AND computer. Despite the increased whistles and echoes we battled on.
Well done ladies! See you next week at Bingo.
What a boon WhatsApp is, ‘what is it tonight – Book Group, Beetle Drive or Bingo’ was the question asked by many through the day – at 5:30pm – it’s bingo was the message.
7:30 pm and its eye’s down looking, but not before we had a chat checking that all Creekside members were ok and catching up what members had been doing during the week.
The first game and after 80 of the possible 90 numbers had been called it was Cheryl Downie who call ‘BINGO’
Further chat ensued for a while and then we away again this time it was after 81 numbers called before Susan Phillips called ‘BINGO’ – but is there a challenge to the result – was number 11 called came a little voice – yes, oh dear you do have to concentrate even playing Bingo– challenge overruled.
Prizes will be one their way. A fun and enjoyable evening.
Report by Cheryl Howell
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.