This afternoon I had set aside for a Skills Exchange cookie swap. A few days before 3 out of the 6 people who were going to come told me that they either could not make it or they did not have the time to bake.
Rather than cancelling the get together, we decided to share a cuppa instead.
It was a lovely meet up. The door bell rang and was greeted by a lovely surprise when I saw Simone who managed to come after all, followed by Bea who had already baked some 'ethnic' GT biscuits before we had cancelled so she shared them with us. (MMM delicious, well worth getting her recipe), she came with Clarissa, who had just returned from a few months abroad. It was lovely to see her again and hear her stories. Then Pavlina arrived, a well known name in the exchange as she has been active in lending out her pressure washer but above all help members in need of acupuncture and massages.
Also in this case, it transpired that some of use could do with her help and sessions were quickly set up. Bea needed a lift for a fair she is about to attend, so Clarissa immediately took the opportunity to offer this to earn her gem, which no doubt she will be spending soon in our group.
Then we talked about the Carol singing for the local old people's home. Bea, Clarissa and Simone have already signed up to join the festivities, as well as lending her voice, Simone is going to make up a Carol song sheet that is easy for us to follow and print off. That way she earns a gem and I can think of other things to organise....
Bea and Mairead have organised a craft evening next week which hopefully a few of us will attend. I liked Clarissa's suggestion to make some little gifts to the residents of Primrose Croft, so may attempt that then.
After an hour, we all dispersed, we have shared our biscuits, friendships and ideas and look forward to meeting each other soon.