Sewing club meeting number 3 took place yesterday. And it also took a surprising turn. Oh yes, we had the usual sewing, knitting, crocheting and, of course, cake - fruit scones, cheese scones and a rather lovely raspberry leaf tea loaf - but we also had writing!
For Sonia brought with her a marvellous collection of her poetry to share with us. They were funny and poignant at the same time, and it led us to chat about her starting a blog so she could showcase her work and 'get it out there,' so to speak. We even thought that she could couple her poetry with her textile art work, too, as art and word link very closely in her work. It was all rather thrilling, and I felt very privileged that Sonia wanted to share her writing with us and ask our opinions.
It's a wonderful thing, isn't it, when a group of people get together with a shared interest and other ideas develop from that common bond? We run ideas by each other, ask each others' opinions, LISTEN to each others' opinions. We have a large resource of knowledge and, dare I say, talent (?!) between us which we can share for mutual benefit, and I also reckon we could start a craft bookshop with the library of books we have!
But it wasn't all arty-crafty writing talk. We also talked about grey hair and what to do about it, naughty pets and what to do about them, bees, schools, dyslexia and autism, our love of food, traffic jams and Monty Don.
And thus we think we have a name for our group. Sonia's idea - 'The Crafty Chatters!' I think it sums us up about right.
This half term holiday week has passed by way too quickly. I haven't achieved half of what I wanted to do BUT at the same time I have done a lot. It's only four and a half weeks until the Easter holidays though - hurrah! - and by then, Spring will be here properly. Already there are daffodils, crocus and snowdrops in abundance round our way, and the hedges are starting to push out new leaves. Birds are going bonkers in their dawn chorus as light arrives well before 7 a.m and doesn't leave until almost 6 p.m. We've almost made it through another Winter; not as harsh as the local forecasters would've had us believe (and hence we still have a goodly stockpile of logs in the garden because I ordered double bubble in lieu of Maidstone, Siberia of South-East England.)
And so we head into the last week of February. Already!! Where is 2016 disappearing to???