Today in Yorkshire it is cold, wet and miserable, not at all end of July weather! We’re all hoping that we didn’t blink and miss summer, at least one friend has put her heating back on, I’ve just put a jumper on!! Hence the lack of ‘Monday’s meander round the garden’ post, if the weather improves I will totter round on Tuesday instead!
It does make you appreciate the days when the sun does shine…last weekend I was in the sunshine at Walesby Forest in Nottinghamshire with over 500 ladies from all over the country at Tea & Tents, the unofficial Women’s Institute Camping and Crafting Festival. We had a fantastic time.
There were over 70 different activities to choose from, all run by volunteers. On Saturday I spent a couple of hours learning how to make lampshades. I’ve covered them before the traditional way with binding, this was done with sticky back plastic and double sided sticky tape, reminded me of watching Blue Peter as a child! It gave a really neat finish, I chose a purple upholstery fabric which goes beautifully in our bedroom, though I think next time I would choose a lighter weight fabric, I think it would be easier to get a perfect finish. The tutor was Kirsty from Make and Do in Bristol, she was great, very patient with us all.
Our weekend had started off with a bit of a bang when our gas cooker exploded just after we’d cooked our eggy bread for breakfast, part of it landed about 50m away so we were pretty lucky no one was in the firing line! The incident did have a silver lining though as the girls camping next to us, having rushed over to check we were ok, immediately adopted us for the weekend. There were about twenty girls from Seven Hills WI in Sheffield, ‘two more won’t make any difference’. They were great, if anyone lives in Sheffield check them out, they’re a young WI, full of energy and enthusiasm. The highlight was when Sarah taught me to crochet, it’s been on my bucket list for ages, so hopefully I can now make the ripple blanket I saw on Attic 24…maybe I’ll start with a scarf though! I’ve definitely got my concentrating face on in this photo!
The yarn-bombing was amazing, the theme was Wizard of OZ, so lots of members had knitted bricks to make the yellow brick road and some very skilled members made Dorothy and her friends, the diddy men, monkeys, the whirlwind was amazing, knitted round a rotary clothes line with the house and other stuff being swept up…and Toto was just gorgeous! It’s now going to Daisy Change WI which is a WI set up in a mental health unit.
It wasn’t just crafting at Tea and Tents, I also did self defence (Taekwondo), archery, tomahawk throwing, rifle shooting, I went on a zip wire, and the bit I was most proud of, I climbed all the way to the top of the climbing wall, amazed myself, not so keen on abseiling back down again though! There was also none stop laughter and friendship…a great weekend.