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16/09/20 Visit The Picton Garden

Megan, one of our Programme Organisers, has arranged with Helen Picton of The Picton Garden a special reserved visiting time slot for our Members, this Autumn. Please see the Diary page for details.

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Our socially distanced coffee morning in the sunny gardens at Colwall Park Hotel, 1st September 2020. A great success!

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02/09/20 A tasty and warming recipe from Beryl!

Courgette Soup (serves 4 -6):

Ingredients:

2tbs Olive oil

½ oz butter

1 medium onion – roughly copped

2lb courgettes – trimmed and sliced

1tsp dried oregano

4oz Dolcelatte cheese or similar

½ pint single cream

1 pint vegetable stock

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

 

Sprigs of fresh oregano/extra cheese to garnish

Method:

Heat oil and butter in large pan.

Add onion and cook gently for 5 mins stirring until softened but not brown.

Add courgettes, oregano and season to taste.

Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.

Pour in stock and bring to boil stirring, lower heat, half cover pan and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Stir in cheese until melted.

Process in blender until smooth.

Add 2/3 cream and stir over heat (do not boil).

 

Pour into bowls, swirl remaining cream and garnish!

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Outdoor Coffee Mornings

Beryl, our Chairman, organised three Coffee Mornings, socially distanced in the Garden at the Colwall Park Hotel for Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 1st, 3rd, 4th September) from 10:00 a.m.

These were for any of our Members who wished to meet up after these long months of full and partial lockdown.

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30/08/20 Patricia recommends these Historical Novels:

I am not an avid reader of historical novels, but long before Hilary Mantel arrived on the scene there was Sharon Penman. Personally I find Sharon Penman’s books much more enjoyable, so I cannot recommend her highly enough. 

Her books cover:-

Welsh Princes - Here Be Dragons, Fall the Shadow, The Reckoning.  Eleanor of Aquitaine – When Christ and his Saints Slept, Time and Chance, Devil’s Brood.  Justin de Quincy – The Queen’s Man, Cruel as the Grave, Dragon’s Lair, Prince of Darkness.  Lionheart – Lionheart, A King’s Ransom.  Novels – The Sunne in Splendour, The Land Beyond the Sea.

27/08/20 Christine recommends these 'uplifting reads':

Rachel Joyce -The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy and The Music Shop (especially beautiful, I think!).

Joanna Cannon - The Trouble with Sheep & Goats and Three things about Elsie.

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27/08/20 A Craft idea from Christine: 

Only Lockdown could have driven me to devise this felted Noughts and Crosses game, but our granddaughters enjoy using it and love the little people!

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25/08/20 Book Recommendations from Megan:

During the strict  lockdown and the recent weeks there has been more time for reading than when life was busier. I have enjoyed many books but two stick in my mind particularly, and I recommend them to anyone who enjoys a good read.

 

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult – I have enjoyed all of her novels but this one is very good, and topical, dealing with race prejudice in America.

 

Selling Hitler by Robert Harris – someone suggested I read this. I thought it was going to be one of his fictional works, all of which I have found engrossing. His writing is impeccable and his research exhaustive. I discovered as I began reading that Selling Hitler is factual. It is the most amazing story – stranger than fiction.  It is not an easy romp but well worth the effort!

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'A Midsummer's Night'

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