November 2018: Curry making with Gretchen

November's curry making with The Farm Cookery School was a most popular event as we got to eat the results! Gretchen's tomato based curry was the chosen recipe and it was interesting to see how different the curries were even though we all used the same recipe. The choice of vegetables used was the main difference. We could select from cauliflower, green beans, mange tout, baby sweetcorn, and chick peas with extra chilli for anyone desiring more heat. Some also added more tomato than the recipe stated and made sure this was cooked down well with the creamy coconut milk. The lime juice turned out to be a 'marmite' ingredient, with only a few liking the citrusy, slightly more bitter flavour

Bows, Tags and Gear

November's Crafty Crew was all about making bows and gift tags from various stashes donated by the Crew and other Pewsham Belles members. Diane bought along her bow maker and Gill her new Christmas tree shaped cutter for us to try. As you can see from the top photo, both of these were put to good use! It was great to have Ginny join us for a baby-free evening and to see Fiona's new home. Ginny bought along some small cross stitch kits for us to try and some of the Crew took home a portion of the big ribbon stash acquired from Margaret. Watch this space for the results. We decided more of the same plus festive treats will be just right for December's meeting, where we'll also have a go a

Getting Crafty with Wiltshire WI

Saturday was a nice sunny day to drive across Wiltshire into unknown territory. The final destination was Goatacre Village Hall, where Wiltshire Federation were holding their day long Christmas crafts workshop. A fabric bell, various knitted Christmas trees, a wreath table centre piece, seasonal sugarcraft and willow weaving were the crafts on offer. Everyone chose two crafts (and prayed they got their favourites); our intrepid attendee was relieved her choices of willow weaving and knitted Christmas tree came through. Under the gentle tuition on offer, 40 attendees from across Wiltshire left the day proud of what they'd achieved. All the makes looked great, even if at least one attende

November Book Club: Close to Home

A new venue (The Flying Monk), a superb turnout, and the conversation flowed about our latest read and more! NB The pie evening on Tuesdays looks a good one for Supper Club sometime. We scored Close to Home 7 out of 10, with a wider range of scores than usual. We agreed it was a quick enjoyable read even if the plot is a bit far fetched. Our next read is A Highland Christmas by MC Beaton and the next meeting is December 11th, venue TBA.

Sounds of the 70s

Seven members of Pewsham Belles became time travellers last Friday when they were whisked back to the 1970s via Eventimate70s' themed disco at the Neeld Hall. Everyone dressed up for the occasion with half the Belles kitted out courtesy of Fiona P's extremely useful dressing up box. It was just as well as pretty much the entire hall was full of hippy chicks, affro hairdos, glam rockers, and pretty much every 70s fashion under the sun. The hits kept on coming, so the evening was full of dancing, singing and laughter, minus the angst and inhibitions of earlier times!

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