Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit…

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Well, no I don’t – well not much!   I’m sure you recognise the title as being from a song sung by the wonderful Chas and Dave.  I’m not sure what brought this song to mind; however, something did, so I’m going to stay with it.

Well, my dear, it’s lovely to see you again.  This is becoming a habit which I definitely want to encourage.  Yes, I agree that the weather has been absolutely dreadful – it’s cold and miserable, and it’s taking a considerable amount of effort to get out of bed each morning.  Do you have any plans for the weekend?  No, I don’t particularly want to discuss the next few days – however, I will feel much better once I’ve got through the next couple of weeks.

I’m sure you remember my post the other day regarding Georgie and Billy’s wedding.  Well, Georgie had a wee chat with her intended, and he was only too delighted to leave me in charge of the arrangements.  At some point I’m going to have to enquire about a budget.  It’s all very well planning things, but I do need to know what the couple are amenable to me spending on their behalf.  I’m sure they will be – I’m not known for going overboard on unnecessary fripperies.

My dear, I keep forgetting to tell you about the knit and natter group which we’ve started at the library.  I made the decision that I was only going to have one group at the beginning. Having two groups would have put extra pressure on me which I really didn’t need.  The group has had three or four meetings up to now, and it’s currently being held on a Monday morning.  As I wanted to use the new café at the library I decided to choose a quiet day for them, which is a Monday.  I put a couple of posters up which said that there would be just the one group till the Christmas break.  It also said that a second group may start in the New Year if the existing group seemed to be too large.  We currently have about twenty members, which is a little more than I originally hoped for, but there have actually been 15 or 16 women attending on average, which is just about OK.

I usually arrive at about 9.30am and the group begins at 10am.  At the moment each person goes to the counter when they arrive and places their order.  A member of staff brings all the refreshments to the table just after 10am.   There are normally three members of staff on duty and they do most of their own baking, which is a bonus.  I usually have a toasted teacake and a cup of tea.  I decided I wouldn’t have breakfast before going there – it gives me a few extra minutes to sort myself out.  After thinking about it I thought I would charge everyone £1, which isn’t too much, but will be kept to buy the odd treat, and perhaps even the occasional trip out.  As everyone pays for their own drinks and snacks at the group, I thought this was a fair price – it’s a nominal sum to cover any emergencies – not that I expect any!

They are really nice woman – there are a couple of them in their early thirties who have children at playgroup, so rush out at about 11.20 so they can be waiting for their little ones at 11.30 when playgroup finishes.  I think that there are quite a few women in the 45-60 age range, and the oldest in the group is probably in her eighties.  I haven’t enquired too closely about age and birthdays yet!  That is on my to-do list!

Everyone else tends to hang around till noon and then a few of them go into the library to change their books, but the majority head back home in time for lunch.  There are a couple of members who live in the complex here.  There are several other retirement complexes in and around the village and I’m sure that there are a couple of ladies from each of them.

In all fairness there is currently more nattering than knitting going on but I don’t think that’s a bad thing.  As the moment the women are getting to know each other, and conversation is the only way for that to happen.  There are a couple of women who come on their own but the majority arrive with a friend.  I think it’s easier to join something if you’re not on your own.

Mrs. M has been to the last couple of meetings with me.  She has chatted to everyone which is lovely to see.  At least that way she isn’t trying to knit – that is extremely good, because she can’t concentrate on the two things at once.  She takes some knitting with her, but it remains in her project bag the whole time.  She is always very enthusiastic about what everyone else is knitting.   I managed to do a few rounds on my sock but didn’t take anything that needed my concentration. 

The refreshments at the café are rather good.  It’s a limited choice, but that really doesn’t matter.  They have toasted teacakes and homemade scones, a selection of cakes and also some light snacks and salads which change fairly regularly.  The staff are really friendly and accommodating and have already agreed to bake birthday cakes for group members.  They have also agreed to cook a Christmas lunch for us at a very reasonable price.  They will be closing off an area of the cafe especially for us and we will be having a Secret Santa which will be organised by one of the ladies.  I am looking forward to it, as I won’t need to do very much.

Well my dear, I have rabbited on today, but I wanted you to be aware of some of the things which are happening outside of this building.  It has been so intense here over the past few weeks that I really haven’t had an opportunity to catch my breath.

I really must go and think about having some lunch now so I’m going to say cheerio.  I have a busy couple of days but I’ll be back again soon.  As Always –

With Love – Jan  xx

Published by Jan

I'm retired, disabled and after sudden death of wonderful husband, have moved closer to my son, daughter-in-law and baby, Charlie. I live in sheltered housing at the bottom end of the scale called Independent Living. I had been in an online Knit and Natter group for a couple of years before Ian died and the members of the group were and still are a wonderful support to me. Since moving here I have now got my own little Facebook group where the members are now my friends and extended family. It was suggested that I write a blog - so here we are!!

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8 Comments

  1. That sounds like a lovely group to go to Jan – well done for settling it up! Nice that you have such a mix of ages. What colour are the socks that you’re knitting? And do you prefer DPNs or a circular needle?

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    1. Hi Hazel – thanks, yes everyone seems to be settling in nicely. I prefer small circular needles. I’m using Addi, but I’m thinking of treating myself to a new set of interchangeable circs soon. I’m using Opal Monet in blues. It’s a lovely yarn. xx

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  2. How nice to have a break from the turmoil, sounds like a nice group, what do they all think of the antics going on?

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    1. Erika – it does make a pleasant change. The women were certainly interested in what had happened here; however, when they realised that I didn’t really know much at all, they were happy to talk about other things. xx

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    1. Hi Lisa – yes, it’s good to talk with people who don’t just want to speak about the various crimes that have happened here. One woman has just returned from touring around Australia with her husband, so she was telling us about her visit and she is now planning a trip around America and Canada. xx

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  3. It’s good that you have now got happier things to keep you occupied. Planning the wedding will be a lovely task for you. The knitting group sounds good too and obviously very popular if more turned up than you thought would. Nice that a collection of different ages attend. Makes the nattering more interesting. Looking forward to hearing about further plans, but don’t overdo it Jan. xx.

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    1. Maggie, it has been nice – and something different to think about! We’ll see how the numbers go during the winter months. If we have poor weather I’m sure some folk won’t turn out. I need to see how things go for a little while longer as I haven’t really sussed things out yet. xx

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