All posts tagged: WI

Anyone for croquet?

I am not one for outdoor sports, as anyone who knows me will tell you (usually after they have finished laughing). I am not really one for indoor sports either, unless carrying 11kg of toddler in one arm while holding 11kg of laundry in the other counts as weightlifting (or wrestling!), in which case I am practically an Olympic athlete. So, when I saw that the East Dulwich WI event for July was a summer picnic on Peckham Rye, I was delighted that I would be able to indulge in 3 of my favourite activities all at the same time – eating, drinking and sitting. Then I read on and saw that there would also be games… and my first thought was, BLEURGH (my thoughts have a very limited vocabulary). It didn’t help that it had been raining all afternoon, but I rather cleverly thought that at least I could use the wet grass as an excuse for not being able to throw a frisbee in a straight line. That, and the wine. So, armed …

10 good reasons to go wine tasting with the WI on a Wednesday night

you will get to drink lots of wine (and not even be asked to spit it out)  you will learn that there are over 20,000 varieties of grape used to make wine (but will maybe only remember 8 of them)  you will blind taste champagne and sparkling wine (and be left with the bottles to polish off afterwards) you will be required to eat cheese and chocolate in a taste test (dispelling the ‘eating is cheating’ myth) you will be spared having to sit through the Britain’s Got Talent Results Show (but still Sky Plus The Apprentice) you will want to drink more wine at the end of the session (and will) you will hang out with some bloody brilliant, super fun, fab women who like wine (possibly even as much as you do) you will be having such a merry time that you will forget all about work (until you remember you have to be there in 7 hours) you will have a legitimate excuse to eat a family size bag of beef & onion crisps and a packet of shortbread biscuits the following day (in one …

If Only

Hugh Laurie was talking to Chris Evans on Radio Two this morning about releasing his debut Blues album and his reasons for recording it.  He said you should try not to have too many  ‘If Only…‘ moments in your life, and he is quite right. If Only… I had taken that other job.  If Only… I had said yes to that opportunity.  If Only… I had married George Clooney.  He was talking about not having any regrets (as opposed to the other kind of ‘If Only I hadn’t…’ moments, which are of course ALL about regret and not what Hugh was going on about at all).  You get the jist. I avoided an If Only I had… moment of my own this week when I received a group email from the President of the East Dulwich WI asking if any members wanted to stand for the committee.  This time last year, I would have simply deleted the email, feeling way too shy to put my hand up to volunteer and the opportunity would have simply passed me by.   Something has definitely shifted in me recently …

Losing Balance

Tonight, I really do have to unpack the rest of my boxes from the move.  I can only find the left shoe of my everyday black  flats and my spring/summer clothes are screwed up in a black bin bag somewhere.  Yesterday, I bought Zachy 7-days worth of new t-shirts from Zara Baby, just because I couldn’t find the iron. What I was supposed to be doing tonight was attending the East Dulwich WI April event – an Introduction to T’ai Chi. At the beginning of the year, as part of my mission to make new local friends, I joined the East Dulwich WI.  Not least because the alternative was Dulwich Cricket Club, which does have some fine members, my husband being one of them, but the WI’s only requirement was that I was woman. “Really, that’s all?” I asked the membership secretary, imagining a marriage certificate, personal references and an advanced diploma in jam making would need to be provided.  “Yes” she replied “that’s all”.  Score. The first event I attended was a pub quiz (it’s not all about making your …