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Hiltingbury Still

Tonight Clio from the Hiltingbury Still stimulated our minds and taste buds with her interesting talk all about Gin. We learnt about the history of Gin, how Clio distils her Gin and of course got to taste some of her delicious creations. She explained about the licences that she needed to be able to distil her Gins and how she distributes and sells what she produces.

We tasted three Gins in total with the Sloe Gin being a popular choice! There was also the option to try them out as a proper G&T as well as go home with a bottle should we wish to.

 

A Passion for Pearls

Tonight Frances Benton delighted us with a lively and informative talk on A Passion For Pearls. Her talk included the science behind how the pearls form, the history of how pearls began to be cultured, how to identify fakes and much, much more! She helped to dispel some of the myths surrounding how Cultured pearls are seeded and the reason behind the rarity of Natural pearls. Fake or real, Frances also explained the best way to look after and care for our pearls so that we, and future generations, may enjoy their beauty.

What Frances fondly describes as her “hobby” spanned three tables and included pearls of all colours, shapes and sizes! Her passion was definitely infectious and I know that lots of us went home bejewelled in some of her creations. Our purchases came with the added bonus of knowing that the profits are donated to a well deserving charity too.

Frances also generously donated a pair of her beautiful pearl earrings as a prize for our raffle. The earrings were won by a surprised and delighted member who I’m sure will thoroughly enjoy wearing them.

Thank you for an excellent evening Frances and I’m sure we will all now be caring for our pearls morning, noon and night!

 

Women in Winchester

Thanks to the continued glorious warm weather we were able to enjoy a meeting with a difference this evening. Tonight we met in Abbey Gardens, Winchester, rather than in our usual village hall. Here we were treated to over 2000 years of fascinating history on a guided tour from our Winchester tour guide Kate.

Kate had kindly put together a special tour for us that included some of the usual highlights but with the added bonus of information on influential and important women who have their history in Winchester. We learnt about Mary Sumner, founder of the Mother’s Union, Jane Austen, author and of course Bloody Mary to name a few.

The tour was so detailed and expertly put together that we ran out of time to do everything that Kate had planned for us as we asked so many questions. We are now all eagerly awaiting the rest as a second tour which we hope to book for 2019.

A huge thank you to Kate for a wonderful tour. We definitely all learnt a lot and hopefully even remembered some of it!

 

Yoga

Tonight we enjoyed a wonderful relaxing evening of yoga with Jo Welch from Ananda Yoga. She started by teaching us all about the history of yoga, its background and the benefits of doing yoga regularly. Jo even answered all our questions including those on the new trend of Goat Yoga!

Having listened to her talk passionately about yoga it was then time for us to get stuck in! Whilst our yoga regulars unrolled their own mats the rest of us picked from Jo’s colourful selection. We were then guided through an hour yoga session where Jo catered for our varying flexibility and mobility needs.

We all left feeling very calm and peaceful. Thank you Jo.

 

 

Annual Meeting with Chocs, Prosecco & Marmite…

Thank you very much to all our Disparate Housewives WI members who attended this year’s Annual Meeting. I don’t know whether it was the promise of Prosecco and chocolates that lured you all along again this year or our second half entertainment…

An extra special thank you goes out to our Disparate Housewives member Sara who livened up our evening with a fascinating and thoroughly enjoyable talk on keeping ducks. We learnt a lot about what to look for when buying runner ducks, how to care for them and particular foods that they can and can’t enjoy. The highlight though was getting to meet Marmite; one of Sara’s beautiful runner ducks.

Owslebury Handbells Team

After a gloriously hot day we were treated to an evening relaxing and listening to the Owslebury Handbells Team. They entertained us with a varied programme of music which demonstrated all the different ways that handbells can be used and the different sounds that they can make. Not only that but we learnt something of their history and a little bit about the bells themselves including how much they cost!

During our tea and cake break our members were allowed to have a go at ringing the bells. Some of us were naturals whilst others found out that it really isn’t as easy as it looks! It was also interesting to see just how heavy some of the larger bells are and none of us have any idea how some of the Owslebury Handbells Team managed to play “four in hand” (two bells in each hand)!

One of our members was also given the opportunity to accompany the Owslebury Handbells Team during two of their pieces by playing the tambourine and a tick tock block. Well done Jane – it sounded like you’d been doing it for years!

 

Book Folding

A massive thank you to our wonderful member Bev who shared her knowledge on book folding with us this evening! We all had a thoroughly enjoyable time learning how to fold the pages of our chosen book to form a beautiful heart pattern. It all felt very complicated at first but with Bev’s expert guidance we were all engrossed in meticulously folding the pages of our book in no time.

Tonight’s book folding was such a fantastically mindful activity that we nearly forgot to stop for coffee and couldn’t believe how quickly the time had flown. The competitive amongst us were determined to finish before going home!

A big thank you to our resourceful member Tina too who managed to source a large number of books for any of us who forgot or hadn’t managed to find one the right size.