Thursday, 29 May 2014

Garden Visit

On Monday May 12th, the Garden Club of the South Street WI visited Torry Hill gardens, near Sittingbourne, the home of Lady Kingsdown.

The garden is 8 acres and Lady Kingsdown and John, her gardener of over 30 years, showed us around. The garden enjoys wonderful views from the grass terraces over the Isle of Sheppey and the Medway and Thames estuary. It was a wonderful garden with large lawns, specimen trees, three walled gardens and a formal rose garden with over 500 roses. There was also a vegetable garden with asparagus, globe artichokes and rhubarb.

The weather was  mostly sunny, but when it started to rain we went inside and had tea and cake.

Sunday, 18 May 2014

A Little Drama .. in the best way

Our regular monthly WI meeting was this past week (14th May). I thought it would be boring and short, but was wrong on BOTH counts.

Our business was to vote on upholding the resolution of the WI at their annual meeting. The resolution states simply that we want and need to encourage everyone to make their wishes known, while they are still alive and capable of decisions, to their families and friends regarding organ donation. We had a lively discussion on the pros and cons of organ donation, but of course we voted unanimously on the resolution as stated: to discuss it with family and friends regardless of which way we felt we want/should go.

After the tea break, we had a delightful presentation by our drama group. They did a skit that combined the essence of "Strictly Come Dancing" with "The Great British Bake-Off". Our members represented the Strictly judges and the bake-off contestants.

These are the Bake-Off contestants: Nigella, Mary Berry, Delia and Fanny Craddock.

And here, "Bruce Forsyth" is presenting "Mary Berry" with the prize.
And here we see all our cast, judges "Craig", "Len", and "Bruno". It was a wonderful afternoon, topped off by a pub-type quiz that was really difficult. It required you to think cryptically: for example, think of a Kent town or village that matches these-
- An old crone's car (Fordwich)
- flying meat (Wingham)
- Santa gets his feet wet (St. Nicholas-at-Wade)

We had about 25 questions but the highest score was only 18. Never mind, the whole afternoon was just a good laugh and a great time!

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Garden Visit

Well, it's been a bit difficult to keep this blog updated this past month. That doesn't mean South Street WI hasn't been busy.... just this blog writer has had a few problems: holiday, back injury, computer died, bought a new one, printer died, bought a new one, and on and on. But never mind, here are a few of our highlights from the past month.

Our Garden group took advantage of a sunny afternoon and the National Garden Scheme. Nine of our group set out in three cars on Monday April 14th for Copton Ash garden. It was a lovely sunny afternoon with lots of interesting plants to view. We were shown around the garden by the owners Tim and Gillian Ingrams whose special interest is alpines. They open their garden a few weekends a year on the National Garden Scheme, but are  happy to open up for garden groups. Our visit was 2.30 to 4.30. We had tea  and homemade cake after going round the garden. They have a very wide selection of plants and trees with many raised from wild seed. They also have a small alpine nursery.

Remember you can click on a photo to enlarge it for better viewing. Hope you enjoy the photos as much as the garden group enjoyed the day out!

I've also uploaded the PDF version of our May newsletter to our website ( We have a dedicated page for our newsletters there. The PDF version of the newsletter is very similar to the printed copy, distributed at the meetings. But it does have full-colour photos and may have some later information missed in the printed copy. I hope you'll have a look.