All posts tagged: East Dulwich

Where I Want To Be

Some of you may have noticed that I’ve been a bit quiet on here recently.  Not just on here, but I’ve also practically ignored my twitter feed and completely neglected my poor Facebook page. And, I don’t really want to talk about why. I’m sorry, I hope you understand.  The good news is that I am ready to move on and start blogging regularly again.  You never know, I may even start returning tweets, texts, emails and phone calls soon too… but one step at a time.  I’m not a dweller.  I like to push on.  I believe things happen for a reason. I like to feel happy.  Happy is my happy place. I’m not there yet, but I want to be. So, I’m putting a plan in place.  I need to focus on something positive.  I need to do something good for myself… and whereas usually I would just head straight for the Mulberry concession at Selfridges, I feel I need more than a quick fix this time. One Healthy body, healthy mind.  I’ve gained weight again.  Too …

East Dulwich WI host a Quilting event

The East Dulwich WI hosted a Quilting event for members last month.  If you have seen the movie How to Make an American Quilt this may conjure up images of a group of friends sitting around a big table; gossiping, bickering and telling wonderful stories about their lives while lovingly handstitching a 6ft x 6ft quilt. Well, it wasn’t quite like that.  But, some bits were not too far off. The session was being run by a local artist, Linda Litchfield, who makes work which frequently incorporates stitch and knit. We were each given a small square to begin with.  As time was limited, we would only have time to complete one side of what could eventually, with time and patience, become a pin cushion. The reality is that as a complete novice with a needle and thread, I would need plenty of both! First you create your centre square. The idea is to then take a strip of coloured material (log) and secure it with a pin to the foundation fabric – right side down, along the top edge of your centre square, matching …

East Dulwich WI gets crafty

The East Dulwich WI arranged for a local florist to come along to our November event to teach us how to make a Christmas wreath for the door. I was most excited by this as I have always loved the idea of crafts but have never had the skill, space, supplies or patience to actually do anything about it. It has always seemed to me, that unless you are organised enough to have your very own super craft drawer at home, then much effort is required just in preparation for these kind of activities.  I know that I would simply end up in John Lewis, purchasing pre-packaged craft kits and spending a small fortune on materials that I would continue to find under the sofa for the next 18 years or so. Yet, craft has always played an important role in the WI and they have traditionally always offered members the chance to develop new or existing skills, as well as provide women with educational opportunities, the chance to take part in a wide variety of activities and to campaign on issues …

Pub Yoga

If you read my last post, Busy Bee, you will recall that last week I had a few minor transport issues.  Sadly, I can’t blame leaves on the track or snow on the line or even signal failure.  It was all of my own silly doing.  I had been in too much of a rush to get home and did not read the announcement board thus jumped on the wrong train and added an extra hour to my hideous commute. When I finally got home, I crashed out for 10 hours straight, totally exhausted. This meant that I slept through the October East Dulwich WI meeting, which was a specially tailored yoga session aimed to reduce stress and increase energy.  Oh, the irony! Now, I am not much of a yoga bunny.  I tried it once before and the instructor encouraged me to try a shoulder stand, with disastrous results.  When the whole class started chanting, I took my cue to leave.  However, I was assured that Michele would be gentle with us and it …

The Peckham Pickler

When Penny, the Peckham Pickler, said there were Mulberry’s to be found in Peckham and that she would be bringing a selection along to the August East Dulwich WI event, I contemplated for a moment whether I would be attending a designer handbag sample sale and not the urban foraging talk I was expecting. I took the Greek God(zilla)’s credit card along with me, just in case. She was, of course, talking about mulberries, blackberries, cherries, walnuts and many other kinds of wild fruit and nuts (alas not of the Dairy Milk variety) that can be found by rummaging around in our local parks and shrubberies.  For free! You can find mulberry trees in Peckham Rye Park and also in grounds of the Dulwich Picture Gallery, if tree spotting is your thing. However, if you don’t fancy the idea of rummaging around freely in the bushes but are still interested in being able to identify and harvest edible delights for your family, you can join in one the foraging events (!) supported by Burgess Park. I had …