Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Book group report....August 2015

In June the WOW WI book group read The Girl on the Train , the best seller by Paula Hawkins, a " who dunnit " thriller. Every day Rachel gets a train into London, and watches other peoples living  in the terraced houses and back gardens  that the train  passes each day. During her journey she imagines the lives of those inhabitants in the houses, until one day she witnesses an event that startles her. What follows is a tense psychological thriller with twists and turns whilst Rachel tries to make sense of  what she has seen and her hazy memories. People she felt she knew well,  show a different darker  side to their characters ...who can she trust...and why is her memory so unreliable ?  Definitely a stay up late page turner  and recommended.

In July we read The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell.  Difficult to describe, this book had mixed reviews.  Those who have read Cloud Atlas by the same writer will be familiar with David Mitchells mix of gripping stories mixed with magical realism and  sci-fi visions  of the future.
Bone Clocks is the tale of Holly , a London teenager  growing up in the  late Seventies early Eighties. Throughout her life she the experiences glimpses of an alternative world and people.  A gripping read with very evocative descriptions of her life as a teenager, we follow Holly's life and those of other fascinating characters into the present day, but also through  an alternative existence where some souls are reincarnated endlessly and some not,  and ending in an imagined post apocalyptic future.
Fantastic story telling  but probably a bit like either loved it or hated it.

In September we meet again to discuss The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton. Details will be  emailed out nearer the time.
Happy Reading !

Friday, 14 August 2015

Afternoon Tea

Don't forget our Centenary Afternoon Tea -  this Saturday, 15th August, 2.30 pm at Oak & Glass Restuarant. It will finish at 5pm.
If you have not already paid your £8 please do so on the day.
Lookng forward to seeing you all and raising our teacups to 100 years of WI!

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Fabulous Frome

A little while ago we went to The Frome Independent (in Somerset), their tagline is 'More than a Market' and they proudly proclaim 'You can't buy happiness (But you can shop at The Frome Independent and that's pretty close)'.
Flowers everywhere
If you enjoy going to markets you'll love The Frome Independent! A craft market in the Cheese and Grain, a lovely cafe and clean toilets!

A flea market in the car park, and when we went they had set up a village green. Today it becomess in becomes Frome-on-Sea complete with a beach and donkeys!
A free park and ride is available - check the website.
The streets of Frome are filled with food and craft stalls of all shapes and sizes and contents, from cheese to cupcakes to belts made from bicycle tyres. Everywhere you go there are stalls.
Plants as well
Be warned though by lunchtime many of the cash points were empty!
These are muffins!
Catherine Hill has many vintage shops, Millie Moon (fabulous fabrics), Marmalade Yarns and the Suitcase Stalls - mini stalls set up on a suitcase, a wheelbarrow or tiny table.
We had a super day out- thank-you Marianne for organising it.