Let's Stay Connected

Welcome to our third page, the month of June.  Through it we hope you will indeed feel connected to each other and that you will share some of the thoughts/ideas that other members have sent in and possibly want to send in something yourself that you are finding helpful/inspiring /funny at this difficult time.

 

To  take part  you should send to this address: ashteadwi@gmail.com and Sue the Webmaster will be waiting to receive your contributions.  Looking forward to hearing from you.  Any photos, please send as a jpg. 

We have just received the following communication from the NFWI regarding subscriptions.

 

The NFWI has been very concerned about the disruption that the lockdown period has had on WI meetings and activities.  After consultations with all Federations they have decided that they will be offering a three-month extension to this year’s membership subscription.  This means that the renewal date for membership subscriptions will be 1st April 2021.  From this point onwards, membership renewals will always be in April.

 

We will of course pass on any further information as we receive it.

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Lesley sent this picture of one of her resident crows sunbathing on the blossom in next door's garden. 

She said he looks extremely happy.

Annette has been busy during lockdown and finally managed to finish her mammoth quilt.  Hand sewn, two years to do.  She says her husband now has a wife back! 

The craft group will be pleased to see that it is finally finished + her husband. 😊

Di says she has loads of jars of all different sizes. Friends always pass on their jars, as she has  given many of them marmalade in the past. Anyone is welcome to take a look and to take away any they fancy before she discards them.

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Trish's Dolls for the Children's Wards.  She said "I must admit this has taken me several weeks to do, but so glad I have. I can look at them and smile, as didn’t realise I could knit after many years".    Editor's words. They look lovely and should be well received.

This rather amusing poem is written by Jan Beaumont, of Auckland, New Zealand.  Linda saw it on Facebook.

Not sure how it will look when it gets to you though !!!!!

 

I'm normally a social girl, I love to meet my mates.  But lately with the virus here, we can't go out the gates.  You see, we are the 'oldies' now, we need to stay inside.  If they haven't seen us for a while, they'll think we've upped and died.  They'll never know the things we did before we got this old, there wasn't any Facebook, so not everything was told.  We may seem sweet old ladies who would never be uncouth, but we grew up in the 60's - if you only knew the truth.  There was sex and drugs and rock 'n' roll, the pill and mini skirts, we smoked, we drank, we partied and were quite outrageous flirts.  Then we settled down, got married and turned into someone's Mum, somebody's wife then Nana, who on earth did we become ?  We didn't mind the change of pace because our lives were full, but to bury us before we're dead is like a red rag to a bull !!!  So here you find me stuck inside for 4 weeks, maybe more, I finally found myself again then I had to close the door !  It didn't really bother me I'd while away the hour, I'd bake for all the family but I've got no bloody flour !  Now Netflix is just wonderful, I like a gusty thriller, or swooning over Idris or some random sexy killer.  At least I've got a stash of booze for when I'm being idle, there's wine and whisky, even gin if I'm feeling suicidal !  So lets all drink to lockdown, to recovery and health, and hope this bloody virus doesn't decimate our wealth.   We'll all get through the crisis, and be back to join our mates.  Just hoping I'm not far too wide to fit through the flaming gates.

Ashtead WI - Committee Meeting, socially

The committee had its first face to face meeting in over 3 months a couple of days back.  Socically distancing of course.  It was good to see other members in the flesh, so to speak, rather than through Zoom.

Marilyn offered up a few words for thought.

 

It is the silence of the World that is Real.

 

Those who love their own noise are impatient of everything else.  They constantly defile the silence of the forests and the mountains and the sea.

This is the silence of the world that is real.  Our noise, our business, our purposes - these are the illusion.  

By Thomas Merton

Optimism is a happiness magnet if you stay positive, good things and good people will be drawn to you.

By Mary Lou Relton.

Its ok to be uncomfortable in the space between what  is gone and what is coming.  Its ok to experience all the emotions that come with being on the edge.  

Unknown source.