Following the thrills and spills of activity over the last few months it was time for us all to relax and enjoy a summer meal at the Beech Tree at Culverhouse Cross.
And, now that Caroline has retired she is able to join the merry clan!
It was also great to see Hilary, recovering well from her foot operation and sporting a very trendy surgical boot that was a perfect match for her shoe -or was it that she bought the shoes to perfectly match her trendy boot?
A great evening and already looking forward to the next one !
The shipment of shoes has arrived in Lesotho and the children at St Gerards school are thrilled.
As well as shoes the shipment contained shoe bags, knitted toys, sweatshirts and sports clothes!
Well done to everyone who made it happen and well done to Lakeside school – what a great support they are to St Gerards!
As well as being chatty our group can also be very productive and today was a good example. Everyone was busy doing something. Hilary and Jackie were busy winding silk threads on to card – a job that seems to be never ending but Hilary is doing a great job selling it to raise money for charity.
Jenny was making a pair of baby bootees ready for the arrival of another grandchild and Helen was busy knitting for her very first grandchild.
Pam was finishing off her challenge quilt and Monica was completing more Scottie Dogs!
And, not forgetting Deedi, who was pulling a dress to pieces so that she could make it into something else – or to sew it back together again!?
Never a dull moment and more to look forward to throughout the summer!
On 14 February Pam was busy making hearts form the Financial Times for Valentines day. She was planning to give them away to friends who were joining her in the evening for book club.
Whilst she was busy beavering away at the Helen was busy knitting.
And, Deedi was showing off a little Teddy Bear that she had just finished. He’s very sweet.
It was a very pleasant afternoon, made even more enjoyable with home made apple and cinnamon cake courtesy of Jess!
Today we presented SOLACE with £900 which was the total amount that we raised from our Christmas Coffee Morning and Craft Fayre.
We handed the money over at the Norwegian Church in Cardiff Bay and whilst we were there came across this lovely quilt made by Ystrad Mynach Quilters!
Today staff and parents of Lakeside School in Cardiff gathered to pack all the shoes, clothes, books and stationery items that they had collected over the last few months to send out to St Gerard’s School in Lesotho.
The first job was to gather all the goodies that had been donated. Caroline’s job was to look in all the nooks and crannies!
As well as some beautiful new sports and sweat shirts there were new and used shoes to be packed, an assortment of books and stationery, hand made shoe bags and hand knitted children’s sweaters and toys.
This beautiful knitted teddy is going to be shipped separately and hopefully will Lakeside school’s mascot in Lesotho.
Everything was very organised which meant that it only took a couple of hours to pack and seal 112 boxes which will be collected for shipment this week. Watch this space to find out how the shipment is progressing – apparently the children at Lakeside will be able to track the ship that takes the container of goodies.
As if this wasn’t enough good news for one day. Before she left school Caroline just happened to check her emails and to her great surprise and delight found one from the British Council about an application that the school had made to enable an exchange of teachers to take place. This means that two teachers from Lakeside school will be able to travel to Lesotho and two teachers from Lesotho will be able to visit Cardiff – what an amazing day!