Thank goodness! Spring is arriving and our gardens are full of shoots, daffies and other little splashes of colour. February has been hard to cope with – all that incessant rain and wind! Our hearts go out to all those in parts of the country that have suffered such dreadful flooding. It may rain a lot in Bristol, but at least we have been largely safe from big floods. Having looked at the weather forecast for the next week or two, it seems to be more reminiscent of a typical early spring 🙂
Our main meeting this month will be on March 11th and our speaker will be a plastics engineer, which should be very interesting in these days of environmental concern.
It is still not too late to produce some creative writing for the group, on the theme of ‘An open window‘, (see earlier posts for details). We will also be collecting poems for our Easter meeting in April. Why not start scribbling now and let the early spring sunshine inspire you?
Happy February, everyone! We are now that bit closer to springtime and the bulbs are pushing up their leaves. Our February meeting will take place on the 12th and our speaker will be Richard Gilliam, on “Major Highway Projects in South Gloucestershire”. Should be interesting! Looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible.
Bradley Stoke WI runs creative writing sessions, as a side shoot of our monthly Book Club. However, we encourage all members to join in, whether they are part of Book Club or not and it would be nice to have as many people as possible take part in this, our first 2020 writing project.
The theme this time is …
An open window
Participants are invited to write a piece of fiction or poetry, of any length they like, on this theme, to be handed in at any time during January or February.
The ‘open window’ could be an actual, physical window somewhere, or it could instead be a figurative window – an ‘opportunity’ ….. you choose.
For anyone who might enjoy seeing where a prompt could take them, here is a suggested first paragraph for you …
As Mary walked up over the grassy bank to meet the vista of mellow Cotswold stone and rambling roses that fronted Southwold Manor, she felt a lurch of surprise. A window was open – wide open, on the ground floor. The windows of Southwold were never open. The place had been empty for eight months. Something was very different this Wednesday morning.
Have fun and we will look forward to sharing our writing in a few weeks’ time.
An aquaintance of ours is selling beautiful photographs of wildlife, including a lovely 2020 calendar, through her shop on ETSY, with all profits going to help the animals hurt in the Australian fires. Do have a look, as they are beautiful… https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/EyeContactPhoto…
Thank you very much, Babs Greaves, for an interesting talk about veganism this afternoon. Your vegan ‘smoked salmon’ treats were delicious and I’m sure that some of us will be coming to visit ‘Eat Your Greens’ in Totterdown in the not too distant future 🙂
Our guest speaker for next week’s meeting is to be Babs Greaves, who runs a plant based eatery called ‘Eat Your Greens’, in Totterdown, Bristol. We are looking forward to hearing all about her healthy eating ideas and her experiences running her foody business. We’re also looking forward to seeing as many members as possible at the meeting and having a good old post Christmas catch-up.
End Hunger UK will be sending MPs knitted/crocheted food at the end of January, asking them to pledge to end hunger and poverty in their constituency. If they pledge, they will be tweeting the craftwork on their social media.
In support of the campaign, the national WI are looking for WI members to join others across the UK in making knitted foods. If you know anyone who might be able to help, please share this post with them.