On a sunny Sunday afternoon six ladies met at Arley Hall and Gardens, which is the home of Viscount and Viscountess of Ashbrook, to go on a guided estate and bluebell walk. The woods are only open to the public for the bluebells and later on in the year for the fungi walks.
We followed a track through the woods which was quite muddy in parts, and saw bluebells both blue and white nestling under the trees on either side.
We wound our way through the woods and came upon expanses of water which was a spectacular sight with the sunlight streaming across.
After seeing many a blue bell we came to a lake that was made into three different sections, all of a sudden there was such a noise and a swan came half flying half skimming across the water. We realised that it was protecting a nest which was on the other side. The guide quickly moved us away back up the track so that we did not disturb it anymore. As we walked further round the lake we could see in the distance the swan on the nest.
Going through Arley Green we were shown the posting box with the VR on denoting Victoria’s Reign.
We finished our one hour and forty five minute walk going through a rhododendron garden with an array of colour. We passed the private St Mary’s Chapel which was built in 1845 the architect was Anthony Salvin. It is regarded as one of his most important ecclesiastical buildings.
We all decided to end the walk with a well-deserved ice cream so we made post haste to the Gardener’s Kitchen and whilst enjoying our purchase all agreed what a super walk it had been.
Lane End Cottage Gardens Lymm.
An oasis of calm and beauty at a busy motorway junction.
Those who didnt make it missed a treat!
Our outing this year on Wednesday 9th May took us to Llangollen.
Heading off early by coach from Whitley Village Hall we took a scenic route stopping off at the Ponderosa Café at Horseshoe Pass, where we had tea, coffee, cakes and scones. After taking in the impressive views and a quick look around the gift shop we headed off to Llangollen.
At Llangollen Wharf we boarded our boat and started our two hour guided boat trip down the Llangollen Branch of the Shropshire union canal. Some of us as you can see from the photos were enjoying the wine with our packed lunches as much as the gorgeous views from the windows of the barge?
The highlight of the trip was when the boat crossed the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. Some of us ventured out to the open part of the boat at the back to get the full effect of the awe inspiring views and to marvel at the engineering as we went across the aqueduct.
When we disembarked the boat at Froncysyllte most of us took our coach back into Llangollen where we had two hours free time to see the local sites, go shopping and to visit the local cafes. Some of us however decided to stretch our legs and walked the five miles back along the canal footpath to Llangollen. It sounded a good idea at the start but what with the dearth of milestones enroute I for one at times wondered if we would miss the bus back which was due to leave the town at 4.30pm. ! I need not have worried as my group of walkers even had time to visit a coffee shop before boarding the bus back. We did however walk quite quickly.
A very enjoyable day and even the rain held off until just before we headed back to Whitley.
Many thanks to Ann Tolson and Anne O’Neil for organising the trip
Ten ladies set out for our May walk round Marbury Country Park. It was a bright but chilly morning, one of those days when you wonder which clothes and shoes to wear. Once we had donned or shed a layer or two and made our minds up about our footwear, we set off on our walk.
We made our way through the woods; the scenery was just magical, the sun was shining through the trees flickering through the young spring leaves . There was a magnificent abundance of bluebells and wild garlic everywhere, we couldn’t have chosen a better time to for our walk.
As the morning warmed up, it wasn’t long before we all began to shed our outer layer and fasten them round our waist. We were delighted to see tiny ducklings bobbing about in the water, and even more amazed to see a small boat with red sails passing by; I think we all had our cameras out for that special shot!
Of course, we couldn’t end our morning without something to eat, so we all made our way to the Spinner and Bergamot for a light lunch and of course a ‘natter’.
Thanks to our leader Ann O’Brien, another memorable morning.
RMS Titanic, a British Passenger Liner, sank in the North Atlantic Ocean on 15th April 1912. This “unsinkable” giant of the seas collided with an iceberg on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York. An estimated 1500 people lost their lives.
The story of Titanic is a 5 times Tony Award Winning Musical, which is now on its 1st ever UK and Ireland Tour.
Many of Whitley WI’s Culture Club more than enjoyed this spectacular, moving, dramatic and breath-taking performance at the Lowry Theatre.
The presentation was so moving .. we felt that we could have been on that ship!
This stunning musical focussed on the hopes and aspirations of all passengers, regardless of their class of travel, when they arrived in America… In real life all their lives were ruined.
Thank You to Chris for your organisation …. Whitley WI really does what the WI stands for: “it educates women”, as well as giving us time for lunch and lots of chatter.