Saturday, 2 July 2016

June Bugs and Badges (what we did in, you guessed it, June)

This month, our lovely member Jay Williams updates us...

After a triumph of catering at Armley Mills Wool Festival the previous week, we were basking in the domestic goddess glow. The sandwiches, cakes, buns, scones and treats flew off the stall as last year’s attendance of 800 shot up to 2,000 hungry customers. We’re delighted to be able to help our nominated causes, be part of a growing local event and show off what the Darling Roses can achieve. Well done everyone, especially Maia and Ally and their core team!

We were very lucky to have Julia from Denholme Gate Honey Farm with us this month to tell us about beekeeping. Bees are awesome! Who knew that worker bees had a career progression? Just-hatched bees on clean up duties, older bees on guard duty, and only the most senior going out to collect the pollen. It all got a bit House of Cards at the end, as the hive kills off the old queen and hatches several new ones to fight for the death to be the next queen.

The honey tasting was a real treat. That the same bees can produce such different tasting honey depending on the season and the flowers available was incredible. The one most in demand was the honey with ginger added, but for me at least the delicate flavour of summer honey was a winner. Thank you, Julia, for a fascinating talk. We’re all aspiring apiarists now.

It wouldn’t be a Darling Roses Saturday without a workshop. Jayne led us all in a badge making workshop, to create lavish, quirky, individual name badges. Some of us brought along bits and pieces that reflect our interests - music, punk, hens, crafts - and others just dove into Jayne’s treasure trove of crafty bits for inspiration. There was stamping, knitting, gluing, glittering and a happy hum of women getting their craft on. Some very productive souls even managed a few badges for people who couldn’t make it. Others (me) had to take the badge home to finish because she got a little over-ambitious and it all went wrong (still me).

See you in July,

Our members Debbie and Margaret, with Julia Parr of Denholme Gate Honey Farm (right)

Badge making in progress
We have a new friend of the Roses... a little graveyard-dwelling cat :-)
We've won the Cup! Awarded for being the West Yorkshire WI with the biggest increase in membership

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