Monday, 12th July.
A small and very select group of Shorelinkers met in the bandstand this afternoon, and initially were accompanied by a charming but somewhat verbose pug by the name of Sadie and several small children.
No, we were not expanding the membership merely quite literally seeking shelter from the storm. Sadie and all were a picnicking party in prior possession of the bandstand, but were extremely graceful about our invasion. We braved the elements together, as the tiny streams around us became raging torrents (well, nearly) and ducks swam majestically past.
In spite of the melodramatic backdrop of thunder and lightning, we huddled together and read our pieces on the theme of ‘The Toy‘ which led to some humourous, as well as emotional, reminiscences. I now have a picture of 5 year old Alvin chasing crabs on the sands of Jamaica forever stuck in my head!
It was a damp but yes, a fun afternoon. We Shorelinkers know how to enjoy ourselves, who needs cocktails in the sun? Don’t answer that!
Next week’s theme is an oxymoron, Pure Evil. Make of that what you will.
Monday, July 19th
And, of course, there were some typically diverse contributions, from the toy bear who quickly assumed some tear jerking human traits, all the way to a glimpse of pre-war Nazism in Germany. And a chapter from an ongoing novel and several poems with totally different takes on the theme. And more, so thank you for them all. You are indeed a versatile lot.
The weather could hardly have been kinder this week; we lolled on the grass in glorious sunshine. The right weather for our so-called ‘freedom day’, when most restrictions have finally been lifted, though we are urged to be cautious, as figures rise again.
Which brings me to the other subject of discussion at the meeting. As everything from choirs to concert halls open up again, we are hoping to find a venue for our meetings (by September) which is larger and better ventilated than our present one. So watch this space, I will keep you posted.
In the meantime, see you this coming Sunday (25th) for our end-of- term picnic in the park – it’s a bring your own nosh affair and you are most welcome to bring along a guest.
Then the next meeting will be our annual garden party on August 15th, and we are lucky enough to have our own Liz catering for that. If you haven’t let us know if you are coming yet, please do soon, as we need to know numbers..
Our only proviso on all these get together is a simple one – vaccinated people only, please. Thanks.