Women’s Institute: A bumpy start

I blogged in January, that I have joined the local Women’s Institute. For the most part, it’s been a total joy, with me meeting up once a month with some like minded women who I previously only knew from Twitter or not at all, so all should be good right? Well yes and no.

A couple of weeks before the March meeting, there started to be some rumblings of unhappiness amongst some of the members, with a few things posted on the dreaded Facebook page which left a bitter taste in my mouth. I totally understand people might disagree with certain things, but not sure FB is the place to bring them up. The unhappy members also tried to put in a vote of no confidence against the committee and the President, citing that they “had a second on messenger”. This is (IMHO) simply wrong for many reasons, mainly being that FB is not the centre of the universe!!

The Lancashire Federation tried to intervene, but it didn’t really work and the March meeting itself was a couple of hours of awkward, uncomfortable standoffs, arguments and really nothing I thought the WI would be. It has all culminated in a change of committee and president and some of my lovely friends not attending.

You see in the middle of this, we have gathered a little group of ladies together that have a really good laugh. I even got us all together before the March meeting and we went out for Tea at The Oak Tree and it was fab 🙂 The recent dramas might mean that not everyone is into the WI like they first were and I don’t blame them. However, the meeting in April was so much calmer and whilst the talk wasn’t really my thing, the company was just as much fun.

Onwards and Upwards (hopefully)

G x

Happy 30th Birthday Tilly!

Today is the 30th birthday of one of my newest and best friends Miss Tilly Johnson. So first things first


I am so glad we have become friends over the last 12 months or so and I couldn’t wish you a happier and more wonderful day and 30th year to come. You’ve achieved so much since your big move to our side of the pennines and I am so glad I get to walk some of that path with you.

Love ya

Gill xxxx


Exciting Few Days

OK, so just a little diary entry today as over the last few days we have had some lovely and exciting news come our way.

Firstly my fab work friend told me she was expecting another baby… I couldn’t be more thrilled for her. I am not particularly a baby person myself, but oh to revel in the joy of someone else’s good news is, in itself joyous.

Also I went to my 3rd Viaduct Violets (Women’s Institute) meeting and we had SUCH a good night. There was a talk from the Mayoress of St Helens about the history of the WI, which was just inspiring.

Then we had a talk from a guy that owns his own chocolate shop in Tarpoley. He told us about the history of chocolate and demonstrated how to make chocolate hedgehogs!

At the WI today we watched these little guys get made. ??

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We had a brilliantly funny night and we even had a group photo taken!


Can you spot me?

But the most exciting news we have had is that our most lovely friend Miss Elizabeth Fox is coming to the UK in June/July for a holiday and *drum roll* is coming to see us!!! I honestly couldn’t be more thrilled. She is one of the nicest people I have ever met and as Alabama and Newton-le-Willows aren’t exactly around the corner from each other, we don’t get to see each other as often as we would like.

In fact, in the last 10 years or so, we have only seen her 3 times in person. The last time was in 2015 when she came as part of her France trip, we had a fab time:

Hurry up June!!

James & M in 2014

But to take it back to the start of the week, the first amazing thing that happened  was that one of our other American friends James turned 50 and so in the middle of an ordinary Monday afternoon M got to call his friend in Alabama and wish him a Happy Birthday. Isn’t technology wonderful.

So all in all it was an happy few days.

G x