Saturday, 18 January 2014

The Pink Ladies

As we sat in our classroom inspired horseshoe, designed to encourage conversation, there was a slightly uneasy silence. Those of us who knew each other, stole furtive glances, others returned our smiles politely although they were not privy to the planning and discussion that had occurred in preparation for the evening. The time had slowed, 8pm seemed an age away. The silence was intermittently interspersed with brief attemps at small talk and the rants of a drunk outside on the city streets. The commanding presence of our WI advisor Dorothy, had the air of an experienced headmistress or well respected senior relative which in the event of such formalities made me feel foolish in my .....excitement.

Some of us stifled giggles as advice was provided on the process, as we had already made the majority of our formal decisions but it was with noticeable nerves, that I raised my hand to the question of who wished to be President.


So that's it, another new chapter has opened in my life. I am officially the president of the very recently formed Pink Ladies WI. And it is actually that easy to become a president, especially when you are somewhat hoodwinked into the role.

How to become the president of your own WI in three easy steps

1. Find two ladies. One to be treasurer and the other to be secretary. A WI can form if there are these three officers in the mix.

2. Invite two WI advisors to a meeting so they can do all the formalities.

3. Put up your hand and say "Me please" when the question is raised concerning the president.

Of course there are plenty of extras you can include:

  • A friend who arranges the whole thing
  • Another friend with a fab arts cafe to host the momentus occasion ( I'd recommend something like Espressions Art Cafe )
  • It's quite nice if you can find two friends who want to be the other officers because that's much more fun
  • You could make your own badge (see above)
  • And if you really want to feel super special you could get a crystal bell for bringing meetings to order. I wasn't expecting one and it really was the cherry on the cake.

If you want to find out more about the Pink Ladies, find us here or search Pink Ladies WI on Facebook. Perhaps you'd even like to join.




Sunday, 5 January 2014

Christmas Highlights Part 2

The holidays are always gone in a flash so on the evening before the return to work and school and the normal routine of every day life, it seems apt to just reflect on how fab Christmas was.

Visiting family

Charlie collecting eggs and cuddling his cousins' chickens.

Setting fire to Christmas cardboard with Uncle Andy.

Trying to cram all the UK cousins on the slide. 

And lining them up in height and age order in front of the Christmas tree. 

 Walks in the waterlogged country

Plenty of muddy puddles

Carving with knives in mysterious brick walls in the woods.

 Flooded benches

Flooded paths

And more muddy puddles

Thursday, 2 January 2014

Christmas Highlights 2013

New year didn't get off to the best start for me. Despite going for a run, collecting more delicious allotment veg and taking Charlie to see Walking with Dinosaurs 3D, I was violently sick and spent the rest of the day in bed.

We had such a lovely Christmas, I thought it would be nice to reflect on the happy times whilst I wait to recover from whatever bug has struck me.

1. For the first year ever, I pretty much left the Christmas tree just as it was after the children decorated it, a riot of festivities on a plastic tree. For a great deal of December and some of November, I worked on orders for Christmas stockings. They ended up in Australia, Canada, America, Liverpool and Canterbury. Josie's designed her own 'Let it Snow" stocking covered in crocheted snowflakes and Charlie adopted the oversized Rudolph design.

2. My husband's present was a labour of love and involved all of us spending hour upon hour putting together a camping scrapbook of all our outdoor adventures. A very popular part of the process was using my vintage typewriter to type up extracts of our camping history. Josie also had the typewriter in her room for a while, I believe she is writing a novel, but I have not been allowed to read it.

3. My little animal lover Charlie decided that he wanted to leave carrots out for each of the reindeer. Much argument followed over the design in which 6 large carrots and two sliced carrots should be placed.

4. Josie finally received her own engraved Swiss Army knife which went quite nicely with the coat that Auntie Zoe had sent from Australia.

6. A letter of thanks for Father Christmas always goes down well on Christmas morning even if this year I did get to hear of its content shortly after 2am which was a little bit early.

5, 7 and 8. If you want to see weather, dramatic scenery and gigantic ferries heading off to France, The White Cliffs of Dover is the place to be. There was blue sky, stormy rain clouds and glorious sunshine all at the same time. It truly is a beautiful place to run around and let off steam. Depending on your attitude to heights you can stand right on the edge of the cliffs and glimpse the rocky inaccessible bays below. There are a number of footpaths that have crumbled into the ocean, such is the nature of chalk. Looking down on the port of Dover is rather like looking down on a toy town port with miniature cars and tiny lego sized people heading off on the waves.

Part 2 to follow