KNOCK KNOCK. WHO’s THERE? ZOOM. ZOOM DID YOU EXPECT?

Christmas deliveries came early to Whitley WI members…Santa Chris and her Elves had been beavering away in their workshops for many weeks, putting together goody bags of lovingly made home-crafted items. All were gift-wrapped and delivered in the days before the WI’s Christmas Zoom party.On the wettest day of the year, Santa and the Elves had to dodge puddles and pot holes, mud… glorious mud, and Sat Navs who thought they knew better than their drivers….deliveries were successful, and the cold and soggy Elves headed back to their homes for dry trousers, and much deserved cups of tea or other…

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A DECEMBER WALK ‘Who could get the muddiest?’

When Boris tells us we can go out for a socially distanced walk, in groups no larger than 6, Whitley WI walking group decided to enjoy such a walk, even though it was December and the weather a bit murky… The news had also said that humans need Vitamin D which is made in our bodies by sunlight, meaning time outside in winter.The decision challenge of when to go, where to walk (with no thick mud), and where to park had been made in the previous week when lots of us met under the cover of Zoom. Up for the…

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A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS.

A Picture is worth a thousand words This Picture tells it all…. Escaping from our bubbles, happy walking group members commenced our walk to the Daresbury Firs, initially crossing the busy dual carriageway of the A56.  The route was full of wild flowers and such a pleasant walk through the trees so tranquil, all the better for the feeling of freedom. We steadily made our way down carefully negotiating a few of the tree roots till we came to a gate, which led us into a field of more wild flowers with a field of yellow which looked similar to…

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Escape to the Country

Four seeds in a hole, an old countryside saying! “One for the mouse, One for the crow, One to rot, and one to grow” Occasionally we are allowed out…not in huge numbers but in small distancing groups. How lovely for a few of us to visit the Antrobus Community Kitchen Garden…a project set up in 2011, on a secret location in Reed Lane Antrobus, which is run by a small number of very dedicated volunteers. This year’s seeds had to be sown in isolation on window ledges and kitchen tables… they eventually got to their planting positions, and are growing…

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CRAFTY MUSHROOMS GROW BY MAGIC

A last craft meeting, before shutdowns, was enjoyed by just a few Whitley WI members, spaced out to avoid contact, but near enough to enjoy each other’s company and learn a new skill. We are so lucky to have very talented members and expert member Jackie showed us the gentle art of needle felting. Using naturally dyed wool and a felting needle, a variety of mushrooms grew as if by magic. Magic Mushrooms!! We learnt a lot about the nature of wool and how its fibres can be brought together by agitation using a specially barbed felting needle. Fascinating! Thank…

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MARCH BRINGS BREEZES…. Blows away winter cobwebs!

Nine keen walkers on a cloudy day with rain in the air started out from Millersdale Grove Runcorn. The plan was to follow hard paths, so avoiding the muddy fields and canal towpaths. The walk took us along paths through the Beechwood West Estate, upto the enclosed wood that in a few week’s time would be smelling of wild garlic. We headed down to the main road passing clumps of spring flowers such as crocus and daffodils. On reaching the road we crossed the road and turned left making our way up the path at the back of Hillview School…

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TU PARLI ITALIANO?

Tu parli Italiano? Do you speak Italian? Funghi all’ aglio, Bruschetta alle polpettine, Salsiccia peperonata, Fettucine alla carbonara, ali di pollo al forno. Whitley WI “ladies who lunch” can all speak Italian when it comes to ordering food. Pesto at Cabbage Hall on the A49 was a great venue to meet and share an Italian Tapas Style lunch, in glorious sunshine and with great company. The staff made us welcome and explained our choices of food and drink with care. 3 different choices all for less than a tenner, made a welcome change from comforting British Winter food. We were…

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WINDY WHITEGATE WALK AND WEATHER

The month of February is the border between winter and spring. This proved so on Whitley WI’s February walk  along the Whitegate Way, from Whitegate Station to the Catsclough crossing. A flat walk lasting about an hour each way. This route follows a former railway line which closed in 1996. Salt had been transported along this track from the nearby banks of the River Weaver and taken to Manchester and the surrounding areas. It was a chilly, and very windy morning with sunny blue skies as our ladies set off. We were in the tale-end of Storm Ceira which had…

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WELCOME to 2020, A New Year Walk

“January brings the snow….makes our feet and fingers glow.” Oh no it doesnt!….Well not today thankfully. Marbury Park and the surrounding area was the place to be, for twelve of Whitley WI’s hardy walkers. The ground was muddy, so maybe by the end we could laugh about being “The Dirty Dozen”. Expertly led by Betty, whose local knowledge was essential to lead us through woods, past ponds, over bridges, along the canal, up and down steep steps, across parkland, overlooking industrial chemical plants, as well as viewing wildlife through two bird hides. Local Cheshire has so many hidden gems to…

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