It was a no WI day today as it was our Wedding Anniversary! Well, it was until the phone calls about changes to Windsor started coming in!
Friday 30th July Windsor….. all change please. We are looking forward to Monday but it’s proving a bit of a headache as people keep getting “pinged”
Have had to do quite a bit of juggling with the Coach leaders and such as changes came in. Then DISASTER struck – the lovely Sue Myhill has got Shingles. Can’t be a Coach leader but she says she can still manage the treasurer’s job … WHEW!!
Wednesday 28th July The new Warwickshire WIs Book Club Met online tonight and a good time was had by all. The group is going to meet bi-monthly and have some very exciting plans afoot.! Why not join them next time? . The next meeting is on Tuesday 28th Sept at 7.30pm and the first book is “The Other Bennett Sister” by Janice Hadlow. All you need to do is email Sarah and she will send you the link
Tuesday 27th July Officers Meeting and then Excitement at LA! The Officers had a quick meeting today to discuss various issues and queries which are coming in as the WIs resume live meetings.
The Leisure Activities Committee was full of exciting plans for the future and we are all looking forward to some great live like the Treasurer Hunt in Southam (6th) and the Fitness Day planned for Sept (8th).
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Monday 26th July Barford Group Picnic What a lovely time we all had in the sunshine at Norton Lindsey earlier today.
All of the WIs in the Barford Group were present and I was particularly please to receive a certificate of appreciation from the Group.
Glynis and I also went to Johnson’s en-route to check out that everything is in place for next Monday and the big Windsor Trip.
Sunday 25th July Another fun packed week beckons…… Ready for the Barford Group Picnic on Monday? Yep.
Ready for the Finalise the details for Windsor meeting with Johnsons? Yep
Is the Office phone transferred over to me as Sarah has a couple of days holiday? Yep
Ready for the Office and Finance Meeting? Yep
Ready for the Leisure Activities meeting? Yep
Happy days all round then!
Saturday 24th July Roses, roses, roses. Happy to spend today on the allotment with my dad, he has grown some fabulous roses this year AND they were only £3 a bush off the market a couple of years ago so we are doubly blessed!
Friday 23rd July Lunch with the Public Affairs Committee What a great idea this was…. masterminded by Sheila King we met up for lunch and a jolly good catch up. It was so lovely to be able to see and hear everyone without resorting to the usual Zoom etiquette. You know, “I can see you but I can’t hear you” scenario!
Thursday 22nd July What a lovely Afternoon…. I was delighted to be invited to a Tea party with Bulkington WI this afternoon. The members had worked very hard to provide a splendid array of cakes and tea!
It was great to see everyone enjoying themselves. I was also very touched to be invited to open the Community Garden which the WI has developed- a beautiful area, complete with our Warwickshire Centenary Oak Tree which is growing very nicely! (
Wednesday 21st July Its just too hot! I just wanted to lie in the stream in our garden today and try to cool off!
Sarah, Glynis and I have met (on Zoom, of course) to finalise the last details for Windsor. Looks like some 300 members and friends are talking part. Brilliant news!
Tuesday 20th July Happy days! The tomatoes are ripening in the greenhouse and the M&P meeting today covered a lot of ground! Pleased to hear that we have kept most of our members which is really good news!
Monday 19th July Fused Glass and Blackcurrants! I couldn’t do the Fused Glass Zoom tonight as I was speaking to a WI elsewhere in England on Zoom. Sue Myhill reckons it was absolutely brilliant! I was picking blackcurrants all day (well, it felt like that although I did have a couple of Zoom meetings in between). Lots of questions and chasing up about the Windsor trip now. Only two weeks to go!
Sun 18th July Had a day off WI stuff today And raised some money for the Dalmatian sanctuary we had Cooper from by doing a Car Boot sale. Made £82 out of a few bits we no longer needed or wanted!
Saturday 17th July Insurance, meetings prep and Runner beans! Trying to get ready for next week early! Got some questions to run past the Insurers on Monday, prep for Windsor meeting and M&P on Tuesday not to mention crossing my fingers that the Stand Up Paddle boarding went off ok ( which it did!)
Meanwhile it was another beautiful day! The Runner beans are looking fabulous! ( pic on insta)
Friday 16th July Scam emailer! Had a very interesting day today. Someone had scammed my email and had contacted the trustees and some WI friends asking for urgent help! Although a total pain I was very touched by the number of people who got in touch to check I was ok!
Thursday 15th July Look Out Windsor! Great meeting with Sarah and Glyn this morning to discuss and sort plans for the Grand day Out on August 2nd. We have over 250 participants now and the closing date has been extended to 22nd July. So do come and bring your friends. Full details on our website. I must admit to getting a bit excited when I booked my Windsor Castle ticket on-line earlier!
Wednesday 14th July Gosh, its warming up! Picked 12 pounds of blackcurrants this afternoon but decided that discretion was the better part of valour and froze them for later. I couldn’t face boiling jam when I was already boiled! Ox -eye daisies are particularly good this year.
Tuesday 13th July Great Board Meeting Really busy Board meeting today as we began the process of approving a range of live events for the next few months. Delighted to report that the great majority of Warwickshire members have renewed their membership and we are looking forwards to a great year!
Monday 12th July Make and Bake Heaven . Sue Myhill did the sewing and I made the puddings. It was lovely to have a good old chat with lots of our members this afternoon. I was able to use fruit from the garden to make Cranachan and Chocolate surprises
Sunday 11th July Ready or not! … Picked gooseberries? Yep
Ready for Office and Finance meeting in the morning? Yep
Watched the Wimbledon Final? Yep
Done the WI Blog well, nearly…….
Ready for The Makes and Bakes Demo ? …. Sort of
Ready for Trustees on Tuesday? Well, I have sent out the Zoom invite!
Ready for the England v Italy Final? You bet
Saturday 10th July The turning of the year…… When I walked Cooper early this morning it was a salutioryn reminder that the year is rolling on – the wheat is turning colour and the strawberries are ripening in a right old rush. Whilst making the strawberry jam I made a plan for my summer cooking demo on Monday afternoon! Nothing like a bit of multi- tasking!
Friday 9th July Look Out Windsor….. Had a great catch up with Wendy from Johnsons today about our Day Out. She is sooooo very enthusiastic- it’s bound to be a success!
Thursday 8th July Comic Verse! What an enjoyable morning we had with the Poetry Group on-line. Jane Waters did a sterling job of keeping us all organised and we had such a lovely tome rehearsing all those lovely comic favourites! Here’s my contribution!
Wednesday 7th July Board of Trustees next week….. Spent a couple of hours sorting out the agenda and paperwork ready for Board next Tuesday. It’s a much busier agenda now that we are getting back to organising live events!
Ooooo! Blimey, then Sue Myhill rang me to discuss what we are doing on Zoom next Monday afternoon when we do our FREE Makes and Bakes session!
Blimey, better get organised pronto!
Tuesday 6th July Out in the midday sun! When I saw a blackbird with a string of redcurrants hopping across the lawn, I realised that I had been a bit complacent about the fruit! Three colanders full of redcurrants later I thought I had better get the jelly bag and stand out of storage
Once I had set the jelly to drip overnight it was time for a quick Zoom meeting with two of our newer Trustees
We were discussing our plans for the Grand day Out to Windsor on August 2nd. We now have over 200 members going! And Johnsons are happy to extend the closing date so do sign up as soon as you can if you would like to go!
Monday 5th July Back to normal….. Lots if WI bits and pieces today. First of all, a catch up with Sarah in the Office and then with Sue, our Federation Treasurer. Now it feels like I have never been away. It was lovely to receive several invitations from WIs to catch up with them as they begin to plan for their first live meetings- many of them outdoors!
Then what an interesting Zoom we had with author Graham Sloper who kept us well entertained with his stories and advice on writing. The hour just flew by!
Sunday 4th July Back home and Thank You Sunday It’s lovely to be away and lovely to be home. Just getting ready for a busy WI week with quite a few meetings and Zooms. Had some really good responses to my social media posts on Thank You Sunday where I thanked all our Trustees, Sub- Committee members and everyone across the county who keep our WIs going!
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!
Monday 31st May Bank Holiday in the sunshine. Couldn’t have picked a better few days to open our garden to visitors. Delighted to have a visit from three week old Ava today!
It was also lovely to be supported by several Board members who trekked up “to the north” to see us! And a Trustee from West Midlands Federation – we had a right old WI afternoon today!!
Sunday 30th May When life gives you lemons…. Ran out of Lemon Curd so decided to knock up another batch this morning. Dispatched ray to the local Co-op , where he bought eight lemons and was asked just how much gin we have at our house by the somewhat bemused assistant!
Think I am just about ready for the Board meeting on Tuesday…. Feels very strange to be doing this meeting so early. But needs must!
Saturday 29th May Allotments and the WI… How lovely to see some members of Henley WI this afternoon, they drove up after seeing the open garden idea on social media …. We had a great time swapping gardening tips! Can’t wait to visit their allotment! Its such a brilliant idea.
Friday 28th May More WI visitors today – lovely to have a catch up with old friends!
Also very, very impressed with the number of our individual members who are reading the monthly emails we are sending out Great news!
Thursday 27th May First day of opening the garden today. Its going to be lovely to see friends old and new and have time to chat to them individually over the next few days.
Some of our first visitors were Sue Myhill and her husband. We managed NOT to talk about the WI for the first four minutes….which I reckon is a real record!
Wednesday 26th May What an absolutely brilliant talk on Zoom tonight…. Richard Rickitts, Bee keeper extra-ordinaire. He was truly inspirational. My favourite quote (which I keep telling everyone) was “ A tree is like a meadow in the sky for the bees!”
Tuesday 25th May Sub- Committee Day How lovely to be with the Leisure Activities team on Zoom today and to discuss and plan a range of live events for the future. Everyone was really keen and enthusiastic to ‘get things going!’ So watch this space!
Sunday 23rd May Ready for next week? Yes, just sorted out all the paperwork for the Leisure Activities and M&P meetings on Tuesday. Finished my Blog as well. Really looking forward to the Gardening for Bees talk on Zoom on Wednesday night. Hope to see you there!
Friday 21st May What weather…… Got completely rained off today so I made blackcurrant jam with the last of the frozen blackcurrants.
Made a start on the Agenda for the next Board meeting, as it’s a week earlier than usual – on June 1st instead of the 8th as we clashed with the big National WI Annual Meeting. Hope you have all got your tickets – it promises to be a very good one!
Thursday 20th May National Bee Day and some great news! I’m a Public Affairs person at heart so couldn’t resist posting my fave Bee photo today for World Bee day.
Absolutely delighted to see that the Leamington Courier featured Julie Thomas for her work with community groups and charities makes me very proud to work with people like Julie.
Wednesday 19th May Still gardening like mad… The weather isn’t the best at the moment but I do want the garden to look something like later next week when we open for visitors. I just love the spring garden.
Tuesday 18th May Thank you Sarah! For all your hard work in preparing the Newsletter to email to our members direct and a separate version for those not on email. Fantastic effort.
Monday 17th May Officers Meeting It was lovely to have an Officer’s Chat on Zoom this morning. We needed to discuss the outline parameters for moving back to large live events. We have two on the horizon –
Windsor on August 2nd
The Rev Richard Coles on 5th October.
Lots to think about to make sure that we are Covid secure and sound!
Sunday 16th May Not a WI weekend! Been busy digging and planting out as we are opening the garden in a couple of weeks time to raise funds for the village church – not one great big day like we usually do but open over a week. Going to be an interesting time. Made some cake ready today though!
Friday 14th May What a treat! Had a lovely basket of flowers from Grendon WI as a thank you for Wednesday night. Unexpected but a delightful surprise!
Thursday 13th May Good Old Zoom! What a splendid time I had this morning, on-line with the Poetry Group! The theme of the meeting was friendship and the members had found (or written) a fabulous variety of poems around the subject! Brilliant! Then tonight I Zoomed off to Tredington and Blackwell WI to tell them about my adventures. It was great to see them all and we had a great chat!
Wednesday 12th May Gardening for Health – our Zoom tonight was well received I reckon I should be reasonably healthy the amount of gardening I do! I couldn’t attend as I was talking to the members of Grendon WI about my adventures as a headteacher. It was lovely to see them and have a chat about all things WI!
Tuesday 11th May Board today and we are revving up….. For the future, planning loads of (hopefully) live events. Split up into teams to share out the workload. Can’t wait! And the spuds are up in the garden! Mind you so are the weeds!
Monday 10th May To Sew or not to Sew What an interesting time Mark Francis had as a competitor on The Great British Sewing Bee! Everyone really enjoyed his talk on Zoom tonight! Great fun
Sunday 9th May Just completed my usual WI Sunday jobs! Ready for the Board meeting on Tuesday? Nearly…….
Is this Blog sorted? Just about
Ready for Poetry Morning on Thursday? Absolutely!
Ready to talk to a couple of WIs this week? Yep, cant wait!
Saturday 8th May Rain, rain, go away! Made some Sourdough bread this morning and spent the afternoon working on various documents ready for the Board meeting on Tuesday. Thought I might as well use the time on indoor jobs and hope for better weather tomorrow!
Friday 7th May Federation Fit for the Future As you know we have been doing some serious thinking about the future of the Federation. My little sub-group, Structure, met with Sue Myhill’s Finance group to pool our ideas this afternoon. We had all decided that you can’t really talk about either in isolation. It was a really interesting meeting and I think we are beginning to make some serious headway. Lots to think about though! Meanwhile my ancient Azealea (the aptly named Sheet of Flame) is coming into full bloom. Isn’t it just marvellous?
Thursday 6th May A bit of a WI just for me sort of day!
Lots of digging and weeding then Ray said he fancied an Eccles Cake at mid-morning coffee time. Only a WI member would turn round and make some rather than nip to Sainsburys!
It was my own WI Meeting tonight and we had a fascinating talk from dairy farmer Jane Barnes, producer of milk for Stilton cheese. It was really interesting and informative. Also absolutely great to see all my WI friends.
Wednesday 5th May Agenda… publishing… and tomatoes! Spent a while double checking my agenda for the Board meeting next Tuesday morning. Then off down the greenhouse for a bit of tender love and care for my tomato plants. I was completely made up to find the first one in flower!
Then back to Zooming, as we had a great talk from David Roberts of Hornet Books, full of hints and tips about how to publish and promote your works! Lots of aspiring Warwickshire Federation authors present who really appreciated the talk!
Tuesday 4th May Sunshine and rain…. Still can’t get over those fabulous rainbows last night
Dead chuffed at the launch of the Grand day out to Windsor on August 2nd. As you know I have organised the last couple of GDOs and I am absolutely delighted that this time I have a team to help with the planning – three of our newest trustees, Glyn, Trish and Anita will be doing a great deal of the organisation. Happy days.
Monday 3rd May What vile weather! Ray made me laugh this morning. I asked him what he thought we should do as the weather was so vile (I was thinking we could tidy out the garage or something useful) when he said….. “Well, I expect you’ll be making a Nine Egg Victoria Sandwich ready for the Open Garden…… what a great idea! Happy days.
Saturday 1st May Greenhouse time…. Potted up lots of different seeds and plants today. Including Gherkins – I have a fancy for pickling them in the autumn!