The 2018 Fete was certainly one of the hottest I can remember but luckily the WI gazebo (kindly loaned by Bill Horsfield) gave some shade for members and the goods on offer. Takings were a little down but a good time was had by all. There are a few plants left if anyone wants some let me know – Anne Brooker
On a hot but slightly cloudier day a small group of WI members visited this delightful garden.
We met the owner who gave us a brief history and a map. Also itemised lists of all the plants.
The garden was originally laid out by Gertrude Jekyll in 1908 (house dated from 1500’s) with stone walls to make terraces where there had been a grass slope. In 1984 the current owner found it in disarray and brought it back to life, using Jekyll’s original plans and where possible original planting.
We found a few plants we had not heard of including a thistle with a wonderful flower. We repaired to the local pub for lunch to complete a lovely visit.
At our meeting on 8th May we were shown the techniques of hand spinning by Gilly Pusey. Her dedication and enthusiasm for the craft was evident as she talked us through the whole process from collecting the fleece to the cleansing and dying of the end product. There were so many different breeds of sheep and different qualities of wool that I quite lost count. Gilly brought along some of her delightful quirky dolls to show us and you can find these on her web site. In addition to her spinning both with a spinning wheel and a spinning spindle, rather like a top, she explained to us the technicalities of dying and how one can use natural products to produce a number of subtle colours.
Six of us enjoyed a sunny afternoon strolling around the extensive grounds of the Odney Club in Cookham. Whilst the planting was rather disappointing – one, admittedly splendid, tulip border and a long herbaceous border with not a single flower in bloom! – there were a great many fabulous specimen trees and a very pleasant water garden area. There were plenty of benches scattered around and so we were able to bask in the sun and survey the peaceful scene at leisure. Tea and cakes rounded the afternoon off well.
Anne & Marion
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A beautiful sunny though cold afternoon in a garden at Kingston Bagpuise. The snowdrop display was attractive in clumps scattered under the trees and we finished our walk with a lovely tea and cake!
Loneliness Summit – click link on the left for full report.