I dithered about going to the July meeting of Big WI. The speaker was someone who I'd heard at small WI in 2017...............and he did go on a bit!
Anyway I went and he seemed slightly better second time round (or maybe the chairs were more comfortable!) although he did stretch his 45 minutes to an hour.
The speaker was a man who takes guided walks all around the area and had
fantastic slides........ most were photographs he had taken himself and the subject was 'The Wildlife of the Suffolk Coast and Heaths' which was a similar title to what I'd listened to last July.
Given that we lived just a few miles from the Suffolk Coast and Heaths for 23 years I recognised most of the places he had photographed.
He said "this is an interactive talk" and put up photo's of birds and
plants and asked if anyone knew what they were and there were several members who were good at naming birds and plants. Luckily several of his slides were different to what I saw last year so it was interesting.
A Lady from Suffolk East Federation HQ had come along to present certificates to one member who had won the first prize for best WI flower arrangement at the Suffolk Show in May and another member had won Chairman's choice prize for her cot quilt at the Show.
Lots of delicious cakes with coffee of course.
Two weeks later and the speaker at Small WI was Dan Wheals a herbalist with his own Herbal Medicine Practice in Suffolk. (Herbaculture HERE)
He brought along lots of potions for us to sniff and some to taste and told us all about the different uses of herbs for healing and how he makes extracts, infusions and tinctures. An interesting speaker but the talk seemed un-planned and me and sister-in-law both agreed we hadn't really learned anything useful.
Lovely cakes, savories and coffee again.
Small WI had entered a team in the Suffolk East Federation Summer quiz and I should have been there but it was the night after I'd been to the dentist with the infection in the filled tooth and I was in a lot of discomfort so had to pull out. They did ever so well and came 3rd out of 40+ teams.
There was a change of plan for the August meeting which was to have been a theatre trip across the other side of Suffolk but as it was changed to the Regal cinema at Stowmarket to see the 2nd Mamma Mia film and a meal at Prezzos I decided to join in. I didn't even know there was a Prezzos in Stowmarket and haven't been to one before. I'm not especially fond of Abba music but Colin liked it and the first Mamma Mia film was one of the few films he wanted to watch on TV. I expect I can survive 100 minutes of Abba in his memory!
Many thanks for all the comments on cooking for one, apologies for not replying or commenting much elsewhere, busy weekend with Eldest Daughter and Jacob here, a day out on Saturday and then all 3 grandchildren here for a while on Sunday. Couldn't get a photo of them all together as the two older ones wouldn't sit still long enough.
I'm quite worn out!