Snails, Garlic and other Allotment Stories…

It has been another challenging time over the last few weeks with the extreme weather conditions, again!! Very hot and very wet – the good thing is that just about everything is growing pretty well.

The two exceptions are the peas and mangetout as the snails seem to really love them. In line with out ‘test, try and see what happens’ approach they have now been sprayed with a garlic solution, which was recommended to us as a humane method since the pesky critters hate the smell. Let’s hope so and that they backoff!! Hopefully we have acted in time – we’ll let you know if it worked.

You will see from the pictures that many of our crops are thriving: runner beans, potatoes, beetroot, carrots, courgettes, salad and  kohlrabi. No, we didn’t know what kohlrabi was either until Kirsten introduced us to it. It is also known as a German turnip, is a cruciferous vegetable and belongs to the brassica family. It has a long leafy stem and round bulb that’s usually purple, pale green, or white, but is always white-yellow on the inside. Kohlrabi’s taste and texture are similar to those of broccoli stems and cabbage, although it is slightly sweeter. The bulb is widely used in salads and soups but can also be roasted or sautéed. Fingers crossed we’ll have a good harvest this year.

The one thing that we have not been successful with so far are aubergines. Imagine my astonishment then when I found yesterday that a beautiful purple little sphere was seen developing. Early days, but we are ever hopeful!

The fruit bushes have been ‘netted’, and the summer raspberries are just ripening, hoorah, good for jam, well, we are WI!! Gin is good too, but we can be seen just picking and eating them off the bush, they are so moreish!

The plots either side of us had been empty for a while (is it something we said?) However, new neighbours are moving in, and amazingly we are being asked for advice. Who’d have thought?!!

One last thing to mention, is that we were chosen to be part of the Britain in Bloom’s judge’s route. There are about a hundred sites across the town, including the canal basin, the cricket club and of course the High Street and Welland Park. The judge was really interested, asking many questions, and took photos and notes. She particularly liked our pond and ‘upper terrace’ area, together with the fact we are attempting different crops this year (we’ll let you know how the loofah, peanuts and okra pan out in a later post). In addition, she was interested to hear the story of our allotment.

Well, that brings you all up to date, we now are looking forward to harvesting, and researching interesting ways to use everything. If you fancy having a look for yourself feel free to pop round and see us – we are at 41A Cricket Pitch View at the Stevens Street Allotments. Weather permitting we are usually there on Mondays from 11am.

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28th July – 6pm – Picnic Time!

July is usually a holiday month for the Market Harborough WI, but with so many meetings having to be held online over the past months we are taking advantage of the end of the restrictions and are planning to hold a Picnic in Welland Park to get together and catch up.

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So get your blanket (or something more comfortable to sit on), pack a snack and a drink and join us. And if you have friends who may be interested in the WI why not bring them along? The event is free and open to anyone who would like to find out more about the Market Harborough WI and what we have to offer.

Keep your fingers crossed that the weather will be on our side and see you on the 28th!

 

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Dates for the Diary

While Freedom Day has not quite arrived yet there is plenty on the cards at the Market Harborough WI. While you are planning how to spend your days, check out our program for the next three months!

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As we get closer to Freedom Day some of our activities are moving from Zoom to in-person meetings. And due to the upheaval in the holiday season some of the dates, times and locations may have changed as well – look out for the highlights in purple!

Allotment

Just a reminder that The Gardening Girls are meeting every Monday (weather permitting) from 11am (until we run out of steam…) at the allotment in Stevens Street. The plots are thriving and visitors are always welcome! Our plots are right at the bottom of the main road down towards the cricket field. Hope to see you there soon! 

Craft Club

Due to some scheduling challenges the July Craft Club Meeting will actually take place on the 30th June. And pending the weather, we will be meeting in the garden of one of the members at 2.30pm and start work on our contribution to the

THE HARBOROUGH CROCHET CHRISTMAS TREE Project

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Meeting details will be confirmed by email. 

Book Club

Our subject for the month for July will “WOMEN” and so we have decided to read:

“The Womens Room” by Marilyn French

Book Club July 2021

We’ll be meeting on the 15th July in person at 2.30 pm at The Greenhouse Cafe at the Langton Garden Centre.

Wednesday, 28th July

Monthly Meeting – 6pm – July is usually a holiday month without a meeting, but if the meeting restrictions should indeed be lifted and the weather plays ball we are hoping to organise a Picnic in Welland Park to get everyone together and catch up. So keep the day free for the moment and we’ll keep you posted.

 

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Craft Club

19th August, 2.30 pmDue to a scheduling problem in September we’ll be holding the September meeting in August at The Greenhouse Cafe at the Langton’s Garden Centre. Armed with our crochet hooks and wool we’ll be producucing more squares for the Market Harborough Crochet Christmas Tree. Join us for the crochet or just for a natter! 

Book Club

9th August Time tbc – The book of the month for August will be

“This Lovely City” by Louise Hare

Book Club August 2021

We’ll confirm the time and location for the August Book Club meeting in the next Dates for the Diary post – Watch this space. 

Monthly Meeting

August is a holiday month, so there is no monthly meeting. The regular meeting schedule will resume with the AGM in September.

30th August – Summer Bank Holiday

May Bank Holiday

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Craft Club

The September Craft Club Meeting has been rescheduled to the 19th August, so there is no Craft Club Meeting this month.

Book Club

13th September – Time tbc – In September we’ll be reading 

“One August Night” by Victoria Hislop

 

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We’ll confirm the time and location for the September Book Club meeting in the next Dates for the Diary post – Watch this space. 

Monthly Meeting

22nd September, 7.30 pm – September is the month for our AGM and we are hoping to get together in person by the for a fun evening with food, raffle and quiz. We’ll confirm the details nearer the time, but please keep the evening free in the meantime!

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We’ll be updating the ‘Dates for the Diary’ post on a monthly basis, so keep an eye on the website for the latest news. And please remember to let us know if your contact details change so that you won’t be missing out!

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She is back!

June 9She’s back, in fact we are all back. ‘She’ – meaning Emmeline – had a bit of a makeover during the winter months and is now watching over the allotment again in all her glory. And the Gardening Girls have come out of hibernation full of good intent and energy. Lucky that our test run using lots of weed suppressant fabric was successful – makes spring digging so much easier…

On our small plot we have broad beans, onions and garlic (which were sown last autumn). This season we have planted potatoes, leeks and courgettes. In addition we have rescued a number of strawberry plants to put in the upcycled pallet planters. Plus we have re purposed an old bookcase to salad beds.

Moving onto the main area, we continue to have an abundance of fruit bushes, and have added a cooking apple and plum tree, together with some blueberry bushes. Our rhubarb is very plentiful (forget crumble – makes a fabulous gin!).

This year we are trialling a number of new varieties, okra, loofah, lemon, ginger and peanuts. Most of the beds are now sown, either with plants reared from seed or direct planting. And we are midway through our fruit cage build – hoping to win the race for the best fruit against the birds.

The pond has matured beautifully, and is home to dozens of tadpoles, hard to appreciate that it was just earth, stones and water only a year ago. We have concentrated mainly on flowers around the ‘top terrace’, using seeds collected last year. No sign of sunflowers yet!!

The weather, to say the least has been changeable, from an extremely dry and cold spring, very heavy rain, thank goodness, and now a relatively warm spell…….

We are always there on a Monday, from 11am ish, weather permitting, should you wish to visit!

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Come and Join the Harborough Crochet Christmas Tree Project!

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Yes it seems early, but as all good things take their time it is worth starting early! So you are invited to take part in this community project started by three ladies from Market Harborough – Clare, Fiona and Carmen.

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The aim is to use the concept of craft to encourage mindfulness, help with mental health after this year of lock downs and separation and raise money for Homestart, a Leicestershire Charity supporting children and their families.

So if you can crochet or would like to learn to crochet get your hooks out and check out the website to get involved:

The Harborough Crochet Christmas Tree

The website has information about the materials required as well as the patterns and a useful FAQ page. The group have also set up a Facebook page where crocheters can stay in touch, watch videos showig how to crochet the ‘granny squares’ and follow the progress of the tree.

The goal is 1000 Squares – so let’s get crocheing!

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Dates for the Diary

After the wettest May in a long while Summer has finally started – and just in time for meeting friends and family again. While you are planning how to spend your days, don’t forget our program for the next three months:

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Thursday, 3rd June

Craft Club at 7.30 pm – We’ll be following up on the quilling skills we learned at the April monthly meeting and try our hand at some more quilling ideas. So keep those quilling tools handy! The zoom access details will be send out closer to the date.

Monday, 14th June

Book Club Meeting at 7.30 pm The book of the month for June will be a book on the subject of disability: “Insignificant events in the life of a cactus” by Dusti Bowling. Zoom access details will be send out to members by email – let us know if you want to join

Wednesday, 23rd June

Monthly Meeting at 7.30pm. – Join us for an evening of Crafting with Clare (our very own Clare Faquhar!) The theme will be Recycling and Clare has planned some fun activities around the subject such as creating a drinks mat from recycled materials and turning your old WI Life magazine into paper bows and roses. And while our hands are busy, Clare will talk about tips and tricks for recycling, upcycling and crafting with recycled materials. Please email marketharboroughwi@gmail.com by 8th June if you would like to take part in the crafting so we can deliver the materials to you. Zoom access details will be sent out closer to the date.

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If all goes well, restrictions on meeting in person will be lifted at the end of June. Hopefully this will mean that members can get together again for the July program. We’ll let you know nearer the time which activities will stay on-line and which group may be meeting in person. The dates/starting times for some of the activities may also be different to the usual regime – Watch this space!

Craft Club

Due to some scheduling challenges the July Craft Club Meeting will actually take place on the 30th June. Pending the weather, we will be meeting in the garden of one of the members at 2.30pm and start work on our contribution to the THE HARBOROUGH CROCHET CHRISTMAS TREE Project. Meeting details will be confirmed closer to the day. 

Monday, 12th July

Book Club Meeting at 7.30 pm Our subject for the month for July will WOMEN and so we have decided to read “The Womens Room” by Marilyn French. We’ll confirm closer to the time if the Book Club will be held via Zoom or face-to-face. Please email marketharboroughwi@gmail.com if you would like to join in and we’ll make sure to keep you posted.

Wednesday, 28th July

Monthly Meeting – 6pm – July is usually a holiday month without a meeting, but if the meeting restrictions should indeed be lifted and the weather plays ball we are hoping to organise a Picnic in Welland Park to get everyone together and catch up. So keep the day free for the moment and we’ll keep you posted.

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Craft Club

19th August, 2.30 pm – We’ll be meeting at the Greenhouse Cafe at the Langton’s Garden Centre with our crochet hooks and wool to produce more squares for the Christmas Tree Yarn Bomb Challenge. Join us for the crochet or just for a natter! Meeting details will be send out closer to the date.

Book Club

9th August Time tbc The location for the August Book Club meeting will be announced once the rules for in-person meetings have been confirmed. Watch this space. 

Monthly Meeting

August is a holiday month, so there is no monthly meeting. The Monthly Meetings will resume with the AGM in September.

30th August – Summer Bank Holiday

May Bank Holiday

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We’ll be updating the ‘Dates for the Diary’ post on a monthly basis, so keep an eye on the website for the latest news. And please remember to let us know if your contact details change so that you won’t be missing out!

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Monthly Meeting on 26th May!

Join us via Zoom at our next monthly meeting on Wednesday, 26th May at 7.30pm for a session of Tai Chi!

May Tai Chi

Tina Flloyd from www.myseniorgym.com will put us through our paces and teach us how to keep supple. No experience or equipment needed – just wear comfortable loose clothing and clear a bit of floor space.

Zoom access details have been sent to all members – please get in touch if you have not received the email from marketharboroughwi@gmail.com.

See you on Wednesday!

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Dates for the Diary

Spring has sprung or so the calendar tells us – even if the temperatures are still somewhat behind. Fingers crossed, May will turn out to be temperate so that we can enjoy the new freedoms of meeting people outdoors and extended retail therapy. While you are planning how to spend your days, don’t forget our program for the next three months:

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Monday, 3rd May

May Bank Holiday

The Allotment is open again!

Spring has also sprung at the allotment at No 41A Cricket Pitch View at the Stevens Street Allotments. For the rest of the season The Gardening Girls will be meeting every Monday at 11am weather permitting. Come and have a look!

Thursday, 6th May

Craft Club at 7.30 pm – We’ll be meeting via Zoom to try our hand at making embroidery cards this months. If you would like to take part, please email marketharboroughwi@gmail.com before the 10th April to get on the list for the materials required. The zoom access details will be send out closer to the date.

Monday, 10th May

Book Club Meeting at 7.30 pm The book of the month for May will be a historical novel: “Dissolution” by CJ Sansom. Zoom access details will be send out to members by email – let us know if you want to join

Wednesday, 26th May

Monthly Meeting at 7.30pm. Get ready for summer and limber up with Tai Chi. Tina Flloyd from www.myseniorgym.com will put us through our paces and teach us how to keep supple. No experience needed – just join into our zoom session!

Monday, 31st May 

May Bank Holiday

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Thursday, 3rd June

Craft Club at 7.30 pm – We’ll be following up on the quilling skills we learned at the April monthly meeting and try our hand at some more quilling ideas. So keep those quilling tools handy! The zoom access details will be send out closer to the date.

Monday, 14th June

Book Club Meeting at 7.30 pm The book of the month for June will be a book on the subject of disability: “Insignificant events in the life of a cactus” by Dusti Bowling. Zoom access details will be send out to members by email – let us know if you want to join

Wednesday, 23rd June

Monthly Meeting at 7.30pm. – Join us for an evening of Crafting with Clare (our very own Clare Faquhar) who will talk about upcycling items in craft projects and as an example show us what can be done with a copy of WILife Magazine – apart from reading it cover to cover that is. So don’t loose your copy! 

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If all goes well, restrictions on meeting in person will be lifted at the end of June. Hopefully this will mean that members can get together again for the July program. We’ll let you know nearer the time which activities will stay on-line and which group may be meeting in person. Watch this space!

Thursday, 1st July

Craft Club at 7.30 pm – Join us for a ‘Show and Tell’ and natter session to see what members have been crafting during the last few months. We always welcome new members!

Monday, 12th July

Book Club Meeting at 7.30 pm The book of the month for July will be a book on the subject of Women. Watch this space for the reading list.

Wednesday, 28th July

Monthly Meeting – time tbc – July is usually a holiday month without a meeting, but if the meeting restrictions should indeed be lifted we are hoping to organise a Picnic in the Park to get everyone together and catch up. So keep the day free for the moment!

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We’ll be updating the ‘Dates for the Diary’ post on a monthly basis, so keep an eye on the website for the latest news. And please remember to let us know if your contact details change so that you won’t be missing out!

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The Art of Quilling

This week members of the Market Harborough WI enjoyed an excellent talk by Quilling Expert Jane Jenkins from the Quilling Guild this week. For the uninitiated: Quilling is a papercraft that has its origins possibly in antiquity, but certainly was practiced as far back as the 16th Century. Quilling was used to decorate precious items such as reliquaries, but also more mundane things such as tea caddies or jewellery boxes.

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Jane talked about some of the historical aspects of Quilling and showed us some beautiful antique pieces before giving us an online tutorial on how to make some of the basic shapes that can be used for a greeting card or similar. Great fun, very therapeutic and amazing how even beginners can create something quite special.

If you would like to learn more about Quilling, why not have a look at The Quilling Guild Website for more information on all things Quilling? You’d be amazed!

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Dates for the Diary

Easter is upon us – how did we get here so fast? It is also the start of our new membership year and we have lots of exciting things planned for the months to come. So if you have not yet paid your subs get a move on! In the meantime, here are the dates for your diaries for the next three months:

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Thursday, 1st April 

Craft Club at 7.30 pm – No – its no joke! We will be meeting at 7.30 pm for our monthly chat and crafting session. This month Clare will do a session on colouring stamped images. Images will be send out to members ahead of the time, so Email marketharboroughwi@gmail.com if you would like to join

Friday, 2nd April – Monday, 5th April

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Monday, 12th April

Book Club Meeting at 7.30pm – For April we are going to have a bit of a change and read a book of our own choice on anything to do with India – so plenty of scope there to hunt around the bookshelves! Zoom details will be send out via email to all book club members, so get in touch if you would like to join!

Wednesday, 28th April

Monthly Meeting at 7.30pm. For this meeting we will try Quilling. Jane Jenkins has been teaching Quilling for 40 years and will introduce us to all six of the basic quilling techniques through making of three flower cards. We are sending materials out for this session, so if you have missed the subscription email, the ABSOLUTE deadline for signing up is the 5th April! No experience needed – just subscribe, join in and try it!

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Monday, 3rd May

May Bank HolidayThursday, 6th May

Craft Club at 7.30 pm – We’ll be meeting via Zoom to try our hand at making embroidery cards this months. If you would like to take part, please email marketharboroughwi@gmail.com before the 10th April to get on the list for the materials required. The zoom access details will be send out closer to the date.

Monday, 10th May

Book Club Meeting at 7.30 pm The book of the month for May will be a historical novel: “Dissolution” by CJ Sansom. Zoom access details will be send out to members by email – let us know if you want to join

Wednesday, 26th May

Monthly Meeting at 7.30pm. Get ready for summer and limber up with Tai Chi. Tina Flloyd from www.myseniorgym.com will put us through our paces and teach us how to keep supple. No experience needed – just join into our zoom session!

Monday, 31st May 

May Bank Holiday

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Thursday, 3rd June

Craft Club at 7.30 pm – We’ll be following up on the quilling skills we learned at the April monthly meeting and try our hand at some more quilling ideas. So keep those quilling tools handy! The zoom access details will be send out closer to the date.

Monday, 14th June

Book Club Meeting at 7.30 pm The book of the month for June will be a free choice around the subject of Disability, so get browsing the online book store! Zoom access details will be send out to members by email – let us know if you want to join

Wednesday, 23rd June

Monthly Meeting at 7.30pm. – Plans are in the pipeline for this meeting, but depend somewhat on the covid-19 roadmap and if we are allowed to meet again in person. So watch this space – we’ll keep you posted!

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We’ll be updating the ‘Dates for the Diary’ post on a monthly basis, so keep an eye on the website for the latest news. And please remember to let us know if your contact details change so that you won’t be missing out!

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