Wednesday, 25 September 2013

What a fabulous summer... part two - our August meeting

Back again. Our August meeting was held on Saturday 31st, on what felt like the last weekend of this glorious summer. (Sorry, I know talking about the end of summer sounds a depressing note, but what a corker it was! And the meeting was a corker too.)

Unfortunately our planned speaker, Stephen from Lauden Chocolates, was snowed under with work commitments and had to cancel at the last minute. Debbie, our President, panicked at the prospect of women who'd been promised chocolate turning up to find no chocolate. I think she feared violent scenes, and so drafted in supplies from last month's visitors, Haley & Clifford Delicatessen. So in the end, happily, our meeting was accompanied by a gorgeous array of chocolate flavoured with lavender, sea salt, lime and squillions of other yummy flavours.

Our workshop was Making Books by Hand, and I know I would say this but it was brilliant, very definitely one of the best workshops we've held, and one of the most enjoyed by our members and visitors. Everyone left with a gorgeous album or scrapbook or notebook in their hands, and also had the satisfaction of knowing that their very own hands had made it. Thank you to Jayne for doing such a wonderful job leading the workshop and providing the huge amount of materials and equipment.

I'll sign off with some pictures from the day just a little further down the page, but in the meantime I'd like to say please do join us at our next meeting - on Saturday 28th September - where we will be ushering in the new season by making tasty chutneys and pickles in our workshop (starting around 1pm). Our meeting (starting 11am) is jam-packed with goodies too. We will be joined by two special guests, Lynsey Howarth who will be talking to us about podiatry and foot health, and Mina Said-Allsopp, a local foraging expert.

Now it's gallery time!

What a fabulous summer... part one - our July meeting

Hello! We're back again to share all the news from our summer meetings. Our July 27th meeting offered the genius combination of copious amounts of cheese followed by lavish amounts of wine. OH YES. We were visited by the lovely ladies from Haley & Clifford, the fantastic local delicatessen. Val Berry, the owner, gave us a fascinating talk about their business, and we were really impressed by their obvious passion for good food and drink and, most importantly, the support they give to local Yorkshire producers. They had also brought an array of delicious cheeses for us to taste, although it was more than a nibble for most of us - it was very difficult to deny the urge to grab everything in sight! A big thank you goes to the wonderful Haley & Clifford for entertaining us and feeding us.

After cheese... Of course there must be wine, and we laid on our very own wine tasting spectacular. Kudos is due to Debbie and Kate for using their ingenuity and combining the experience of a wine tasting ex-boyfriend and a big shopping trip to Majestic Wines into one amazingly successful wine tasting event! Debbie had even done a quiz. It probably won't surprise you to learn that this was a very popular and jovial event. I left at 6 o'clock, and looked over my shoulder to see everyone mingling, glass in hand, like they were just settling down for a night in da club! Here are some pictures of the fun.