Thank you to everyone who helped to plan and run this event earlier in July, not to mention a similar big thank you for all the wonderful cakes members made and donated. Your WI made a total profit of £233.57! This will go along way to supporting funds, such as room hire fees, etc each year.
June’s meeting visiting speaker was Norma Blakey. Hazel Stacey, President, reports, ‘I was interested in this particular speaker simply as I had never heard of flower reading before. Everyone had picked a flower from their garden and placed it in a paper bag. Norma then chose a bag at random and gently cupped it in her hands and somehow got feelings/ vibes from it.’
‘It was fascinating that Norma could feel things from a flower picked from someone’s garden and could, in certain examples, get people’s personalities down to a tea.’
‘I was amazed how she was able to tell if someone had had a sore throat for months and had just been to the doctors that week about it and another person who is in a lull and has been for sometime and when asked if this is correct the lady said yes!’
‘ Very, very interesting night. So much so that I am hoping to get a small group of ladies together to have individual flower readings with Norma.’
Fiona Thompson, MHWI committee member, reports, ‘We had a great evening of Jam Making with Rosie from Rosie makes Jam. She gave an interesting talk on the history of preserving and explained that in essence what we do during the preserving process is replace moisture with sugar, salt or vinegar or a combination of these. She encouraged us not to throw away things like squeezed lemons as, with a bit of planning, these can be made into wonderful things like lemoncello liquer. Rose has a great website with lots of recipes and a great mobile phone app which has recipe finder that can be adjusted according to the amount of product you have (e.g. if you have a glut of courgettes).’ Rose makes jam
‘We made blackcurrant jam using 1kg of fruit, 1 kg of sugar and the juice of one-two lemons. We were all amazed by how easy it was. She gave us a few simple pointers and in a short time, we were all proudly pouring our jam into the jars. It was an inspiring evening and showed us that jam-making/preserving does not have to be the huge, time consuming task that some of us may remember our mothers and grandmothers enduring. A small amount of effort and simple equipment can result in some wonderful tasting jam. Get Jamming Ladies!’
Despite the rain after all the glorious sunshine, people in Market Harborough turned out to support the coffee morning held at the Market Theatre this morning. This is our major fund raising event for 2014. Thank you to members who so kindly donated items for the tombola, cake stall and refreshments. Here we are all are, ready to go!
MHWI members all set to go with refreshments this morning
Claire Salisbury all ready to go with the homemade cake stall
Carmen Wilson has everything organised on the tombola stall
Delightful Market Harborough WI bunting made specially for the event by Fiona Thompson