Friday, July 22, 2016

Stop Press

Mollys Cup is "Pods seeds and fruit" so I was on the right lines but not exactly there!!!

July meeting , Bolton

A glorious evening, we all met in the gardens of Ridgmont House for a Bucks Fizz and a short informal EGM. The purpose of this is to elect our committee so that we can have details printed on the programme. The committee will be officially ratified at the AGM in September.After this we moved inside for our annual meal. I managed to get group photos of each table, all looking very summery.

I collected the finished Capability Brown pieces but there is still time, Aug 14 to me, if anyone is still tempted. Otherwise have you started your piece for Mollys Cup awarded at our next meeting in September, from memory the title is something like nuts, berries and leaves. a theme not a technique. I havnt heard of any contribution from Bolton members for the National Stitch Day on Aug 6th,the idea is to find an unusual place to stitch and engage members of the public. Last year I sat all day in Asda but unless I hear from other Bolton members, I will join in with my other branch, Pendle this year.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Out and about,Rochdale

Months ago, Hilary invited me to the Rochdale afternoon tea and exhibition. last Saturday was the day. My sat nav has stopped showing the map so I was in a bit of a mess as I knew that had moved venues. However after minor detours, I found it, a lovely newly built church in the centre of Rochdale.
After a really warm welcome, I wandered into a huge room, set out with stalls and a raffle. In the corner were a variety of demonstrations. I was delighted to see and chat to Joyce who is looking so well after her illness.
 Hilary introduced me to a new member who had planned and designed a very unusual piece for the Gawthorpe Capability Brown exhibition.
Hilary was constantly dashing around and just mentioned that she had had an operation that week. Again, so good to see her still full of energy.
The exhibition was wide ranging and had some beautiful pieces. Below is just a selection of what was on offer.

I collected the other pieces for Gawthorpe and then had a very interesting and very long journey across to St Annes to celebrate my Mums 88 birthday.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Out and about ,Pendle.

I missed my Aqua class this morning as Joan had asked for an early start. Well I was actually the first there so had plenty of time to set up my laptop in case anyone wanted to see the Collection talk again. We all had lots to do, a table full to bursting for lunch , the Bell trophy competition, "Between the trees", the CBP pieces to be studied and then collected ready for Gawthorpe Hall and the anticipation of a very different raffle.
So once the members had arrived we decided to have an earlier lunch. Loaves and fishes come to mind as when we were all full, there was still masses of food left.
 So after lunch we had a brief business meeting and looked at all the exhibits.

Work ready for Gawthorpe Hall

Bell Trophy competition entries.

Sue presents the Trophy.

Kathryn then introduced her "crazy" raffle which was really great fun. I will not tell you how it works but there were some tactics and mean players and I will not mention the Timari Balls!!!!

Finally we had to say goodbye to one of our members Gill who as moving south to be nearer her daughter. We were able to send Gill off with a card and pot plant and she offered accommodation to us all in London. We wish her well.