Wednesday, 26 October 2011

loving our library

What's this?  Cake in the library and not a shush within hearing?  It was our great coffee morning at Bethnal Green Library courtesy of librarian Richard and his people.  We had a tour round the library, a look at the lovely stained glass (Motherhood, Fatherhood and Peace!), a quick trip to see the magnificent tile work in the ladies and gents, and, ahem, cake of course.  Seems we were all thinking along autumnal lines and there were three different types of apple cake available to celebrate apple day.  At least Jackie had the forethought to bring along some cheese biscuits.  And Janet says that Bethnal Green has the best selection of talking books she's seen in the Borough.  Definitely worth a visit for the green location, historic ambience, and the books - of course.

Our thanks go to Clare for organising our outing and to Richard and everyone at the library for giving us such a warm welcome.

Don't forget - if you have not signed the NFWI petition to save our libraries (not everyone is as lucky as us) do please pop along to the online version here.

Sunday, 23 October 2011

a round heeled woman

It seems to me that there is something rather indulgent about going to a matinee performance.  Perhaps that contributed to everyone's obvious enjoyment of Sharon Gless's performance in A Round Heeled Woman.  She was absolutely fabulous playing a sixty six year old woman who places an ad looking for, well, company let's say.  Funny, poignant, clever, and truthful.  What's more, we were lucky to participate after the performance in the Q&A session with both Sharon and Jane Juska, author of the book on which the play is based.  Why did she wait 30 years before placing her ad?  She was too busy of course.

Thanks to Niki for organising our outing, and to the lovely women who came along.

Thursday, 20 October 2011

oh what a lovely night

What a lovely evening we had launching the Food Sharing Project with Sue and Corinne from Project Phakama.  Listening to everyone's food stories, recipes, memories of families and friends, and then sharing salads ...

and savouries ...

and sweet things...

and the recipes they would like to find.

It was an absolute pleasure.

We're very excited about working with Phakama, helping with growing and making and feasting.  We'll be hearing more in the New Year.  I'll be adding a link to Phakama's blog - as soon as I can find it.  In the meantime, see you at Bethnal Green Library tomorrow morning.

Monday, 17 October 2011

october meetings - bring a friend!

Seems like I forgot to remind you all about our October meeting.  Must have been all that cake making for the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street.  Hope you saw us in East End Life with our cakes (my mum missed it and had to trawl back through her recycling!).  We'll still be on a food theme for our meeting tomorrow Tuesday 18th October when Phakama will be joining us to launch their food sharing project.  We'll be meeting at our usual time - 7.30 for 8pm, St Margaret's House, Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, E2 9PL and this month we're inviting you to bring a friend for free (we normally suggest a £3 donation).  It would be lovely if you could join in with the event by bringing a favourite recipe/ story/ food to share.  Don't worry if you're not a cook - just bring yourself and a food story.  There's sure to be enough to go round.  

I'm thinking of apples at the moment as it's Apple Day on Friday 21st October.  Or I may save that for the cake I'm going to make for our Coffee Morning this Friday.  We're planning something a little different to support the NFWI's Love Your Libraries Campaign, so we will be meeting at Bethnal Green Library at 10.30am.   We'll be supplying the cakes ourselves, so if want to bake something, please do.  Everybody is welcome, so come and join us.