Friday 25th June- Saturday 3rd July
What a wonderful week away…..
North East Scotland was beautiful in the sun, and we had a lovely break.

Wednesday 23rd June
Flower Power Competition….  Sarah has come up with another super competition and I couldn’t resist posting my best Flour arrangement picture- I know it won’t win but it always gives everyone a jolly good laugh!

Tuesday 22nd June
Up and Running…..
Lovely to hear our sub committees enthusing as they organised a range of live events for members for later in the year!  Brilliant.

Monday 21st June
Hearing Dogs Zoom
What an absolutely great zoom tonight.  John McGinn , the speaker was tremendous. Happy, enthusiastic and informative….. mind you, the demonstrations from Jimmy definitely stole the show!  Highly recommended.

Sunday 20th June
Father’s Day Special.
My dear old Dad absolutely loves rhubarb so I had to make him a great big Rhubarb Crumble cake for his special day!

Friday 18th June
Look out Windsor !
The lovely Sarah tells me that bookings are starting to come in for Windsor on August 2nd.
I think there’s a genuine feeling of optimism now so lets all cross our fingers for another Grand Day Out!

Thursday 17th June
Got to get ready!
Public Affairs and Creative Activities meetings on Tuesday. I think they will both be busy meetings as hopefully we will be getting ready to start live events.  Happy days !

Big gardening week this week……
As we are going away to Scotland and need to get things done before we go.
The Angelica is looking particularly fine this year!

Tuesday 15th June
No meeting Tuesday!
Seemed very strange today, not having a WI meeting but it happens sometimes.  Spent a very happy morning in my greenhouse, nurturing the cucumbers and melons.  Happy days

Monday 14th June
Bees in My Bonnet
Well, we had a few bees buzzing around outside the outside toilet last week.  Ooh bumble bees I said to myself. That’s nice……  by this morning there were hundreds.  Yep, red tailed bumble bees everywhere.  I rang a very nice man from Wishaw, who came and had a look- he confirmed that they were indeed Red tails! And multiplying rapidly as they really like nesting in roof insulation!! The beekeeper collected them all up (over 600 bees) and took them to a nice new home near Wishaw.  He said that they would be a great colony for pollinating locally so all’s well that ends well.

Saturday 12th June
Just enjoying the day…
Not a WI day today but somehow everything comes back to the WI doesn’t it?   Walked Cooper down the lanes this morning, the wild  honeysuckle  was absolutely alive with bees and I must say that walking in a honeysuckle breeze is a matchless experience.  Picked up some litter while we were at it and later helped Dad at the allotment (no pesticides allowed here!) and took our own bags to the farm shop for some veg!   I’m sure that there’s a WI Resolution behind almost every action we take these days!

Friday 11th June
Chat with the Chair
How lovely to chat with members across the county on Zoom this afternoon…. It seems like we have all made a new group of friends over lockdown.  As Ray says “How very WI is that!?”

Thursday 10th June
More Jane Austen..
What an interesting and informative talk we had tonight on Zoom.  David Richardson  from the Jane Austen society returned to talk to us about Pride and Prejudice.  Fascinating insight. Many thanks to Trustee Fiona Riley for organising this for us to enjoy.

Great news!
Jeryl Stone, former Warwickshire Trustee and member of Hampton Lucy and Charlecote WI has been voted in as National Treasurer!. Congratulations, Jeryl. We all know you will do a fabulous job.

Tuesday 8th June
What a triumph! The National Annual Meeting was. Three top notch speakers and Lynne did us all proud in her final speeches! All of the comments on social media demonstrated how much her work as NFWI Chair has been valued  right across the country. Well done , Lynne.  A great advert for everything which is good about our organisation.

Monday 7th June
What an interesting talk…
The talk on Hearing Loss by RNID was absolutely super.  It was particularly informative for those people lucky enough to have good hearing.  The speaker communicated completely by signing and his words were translated for us by an interpreter.  We all had several opportunities to try to lip read and this really reinforced the difficulties people with hearing loss encounter all of the time.  I would really recommend this talk to all of our WIs.

Sunday 6th June
Ready for next week?
No Warwickshire meetings as it’s the National Annual meeting on Tuesday!  Lots of Zooms though  RNID on Monday, more Jane Austen on Thursday and Chat with the Chair on Friday!

Friday 4th June
Final Day of Open gardens
Had a grand count up tonight and we made a whopping £750!  Happy days!

Thursday 3rd June
Looking forward to Tuesday
Have received all the paperwork and instructions for the Annual Meeting on Tuesday.  It should be very interesting. There are some great speakers and of course, the meeting will be led by our very own Lynne Stubbings.

Wednesday 2nd June
Hot or what?
Still having visitors to my Open Garden –  Cooper (our new rescue Dalmatian) thinks all the visitors have just come to see him! Here he is at the end of the day- exhausted with all that tail wagging!

Tuesday 1st June
No chance of being Bored at a Board Meeting!
Well, it might have been on Zoom but we had a very productive meeting today – lots of planning for future events and getting ourselves organised!  We have several larger events in the pipeline including a lunch with Rev Richard Coles, whose book The Madness of Grief is a best seller!

Then in the evening I zoomed off to talk to the lovely ladies at Henley WI and had a great chat!