Monday, 24 September 2012

plastic magic

Stacey fell in love with the mermaid.

Diane hazarded a guess on the pastry mixer.

Carol kept the winning team in order when things got out of hand.

I, on the other hand, had to phone a friend.

There were certainly some strange examples of plasticware and I'm still not entirely persuaded that one of them wasn't a moustache brush rather than a cuticle polisher.  But, oh, those lovely bakelite bangles! Many thanks, Carolyn, for sharing the plastics passion.  I think some us were a little smitten too by the end of the evening.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

a roadshow, batwalk and books

After a few weeks of being out and about, we're back in Bethnal Green tonight 18th September to hear lovely EEWI member Carolyn Clark lead a Passion for Plastics: The Roadshow.  Carolyn is a something of an expert and will be sharing her knowledge and showing us some of her vintage collection, including some lovely jewelery.  What's more she would be more than happy to answer any conundrums about any vintage items that you'd like to know a little more about so bring them along.  And so you don't have it too easy, Carolyn has been working on a mini-quiz to see what you know at the end of the session.  We do hope you'll be able to make it.  Usual location: St Margaret's House, 21 Old Ford Road, 7.30pm for 8pm.  Refreshments available, though do feel free to bring along something to share.

We're out again on Thursday 20th September evening, this time for a Batwalk in Mile End Park with Ken Greenway from Tower Hamlets Cemetery.  We're meeting at the Palm Tree Pub in Mile End Park (by Haverfield Road) at 6.30pm, just before dusk when the bats get flying.  The event is free for members and their families so bring your children or your granny and granddad too.

Our coffee morning next Thursday 27th September will take in a trip to the Guildhall Library for a curated visit to see their food and wine collection, including some advice from the WI.  Meet at the Cafe Below, St Mary Le Bow at 9.30am, Guildhall Library at 10.30am.

And finally, if you are looking for something stimulating as we ease into autumn, Carolyn is also leading local history workshops at Bishopsgate Institute using material from their archives.  There are still places available if you'd like to join: let us know by emailing us at eastendwi[at]hotmail[dot]co[dot]uk.  

The sessions are held in the lovely setting of the Garden Room with refreshments, start at 2pm last for an hour and a half as follows:

25th September: East End: Myths and Realities 
9th October: Changing Lives in Victorian London
3rd on 23rd October is on 'Spitalfields: Movement, Migration and Immigration
November 6th, 13th and 20th: Workshops of your choice 
8th January: Final celebration.

Lots to see and do.  Hope to see you soon.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012


We've been doing some food preparation for this Sunday's Edible Garden Feast.

There's been some food magic going on with Mike the Chef and Wizard in Chief.

We're used to prestidigitation - like the dozens of scones we whizzed up for the St Barnabas Fete last weekend.  But I don't think we've ever practiced cavitation before.

Come and join the fun on Sunday at 4pm, Mile End Children's Park, Locksley Street for Food Stories, Recipes for Life and enchantment.

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

we were there too!

It was a busy August.  Sharing food stories while we made bunting.  Coffee on the Slow Boat at Chisenhale Gallery.  Tea in Elizabeth's garden listening to the birds.  And finally, when the weather was bright and sunny, we enjoyed a free day in the park watching the Paralympic Games (thank you LLDC).  Top banana.

By the way, this is not a hamburger.  It's a Victoria Sponge.  

Come and find out the full story at St Barnabas Community Fete this Saturday from 12 o'clock.  We'll be serving tea and scones; and there will be more food stories and bunting making with the Edible Garden.

See you in the Tea Tent.