Hello and Welcome to Carey's Coffee Morning Corner!  (CCMC)

Pull up a chair, grab your favourite mug and hot drink (but stay away from the Moulton Carey mug in the cupboard as that is pre-spoken for!) and gather round the biscuit plate, for a little time of friendship, fun and banter, with cooking tips, craft ideas and life advice, amidst a bit of ribbing and with some jolly big boots to walk in the footsteps of.

First things first, if you’re looking for a chocolate biscuit, do turn the digestive looking ones over.  They may be disguised that way!  There’s a tip for you!

We really do hope that a lot of new folk will drop by and decide to stay a while.

We hope you have enjoyed our club news.  Do please be in touch and share your thoughts for next month’s gathering.  At least that means we can eat more biscuits next time.

August 2021

It doesn’t seem possible that four months have passed since I wrote my first ever column. The time seems to have flown past.  I’m another year older and on our second holiday abroad which has been cancelled again!  We have managed to have a few girlie get togethers in the Pleasure Park.  It was so nice to see my friends from the coffee morning again.  Unfortunately Iris had a nasty tumble and broke her arm.  We are all wishing her well and hope she recovers soon.

I have managed to have three outings, first to Kings Lynn and then the Lavender Fields where we had a delicious cream tea.  Next was a really great day at Springfield’s.  My granddaughter Megan came too so we had a great time together in the shops.  Finally a day out at Skegness (didn’t see the sea).

Hopefully everything will soon be back to normal, so we can all get together again.  In the meantime I shall be busy cooking cakes for me and Lou-Lou.  The latest was Melba’s gorgeous Lemon Drizzle Cake which comes highly recommended by myself and Lou-Lou, though he only got a small piece (too nice to give him too much)

I would like to end in hoping Peter and Jane enjoy a well-deserved retirement.

Hope to see you all soon and God bless.

Barbara and Lou-Lou xx

July 2021

Kettering Council Gardening Department have done it again; every year they make up beautiful containers and set the garden beds in the parks with colourful flowers.  They are so cheering.

They have done wonders with Meadow Road Park, good solid paths, bench seats and young trees set for the future.

It is a shame there is so much litter along Northfield Avenue, one of my walks, but I am going equipped with rubber gloves, my grabber and a bin liner on my next walk.

During the last lockdown I, myself, have found more contentment about the situation, whether it be acceptance of the facts or inner peace, this has certainly helped me in my isolation.

I hope you have all had your vaccinations, doing your bit!

May the Lord bless you and your families, to keep you safe.

Looking forward to seeing you all again, Melba.

If you fancy making a Lemon Drizzle cake, here is the recipe:

6oz SELF RAISING FLOUR 6oz CASTER SUGER

4oz SOFT MARGARINE   2 LARGE EGGS

4 Tablespoons MILK       RIND OF 1 LEMON

Place these ingredients together in a mixer, or by hand beat well until mixture is  of a dropping consistency.

Bake in a 2lb greased loaf tin regulo 4-5 or 180-190 degrees for 40 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

Whilst still warm, prick over with a skewer and pour over with a mix of 2 Tablespoons LEMON JUICE and 2 rounded Tablespoons ICING SUGAR.

Melba Cooper

June 2021

Hello!  It’s me again!

I think the first thing to say is a very big Hello from all of us to all of us.  It really has been so lovely behind the scenes every month, enjoying the network we all have of communicating with each other, regardless of whether we’re writing a message or not.

So thank you and pull up your chair and enjoy our good ol’ chinwag with each other.

But, of course, there is always room at the table to pull up another seat for someone new.

I have been thinking a lot about Hope recently and I learned something about this from my curtains.  I love interior design and playing with my home and I periodically change the curtains in my rooms.  A few years ago I must have incorrectly drawn up the strings in the tops, so one curtain is wider than its pair.  Then a few months or years later, when I changed the curtains again, I placed them, one at a time, on top of the previous ones to get the widths to pull the strings but after I’ve hung one up, I soon see I have replicated my error.

I know, I need to be put in with the previous batch of kittens, but it speaks to me of templates and how in life it is vital to have a good template, a tangible pattern to follow and this is, of course, the person of Jesus, and if I can try to live by His teachings, to allow His Spirit to actually do the trying for me, and to hold onto His hands, then I’m going to be going in a better Way and I will live a life that brings me Hope because it brings me to His very self.

And with that it brings me to people, people including all the lovely Carey coffee morning ladies and so to all the very tangible ways that we share our lives.

Hope made manifest in biscuit plates, steaming hot drinks, craft supplies, jars of jam, cookery books and telephone calls, Hellos on doorsteps and by walls and, one day, in hugs again.

Much Love,

Melli

May 2021

Isn’t it wonderful? Just as we begin to think life will never be the same again, up pop the spring flowers.  First the Snowdrops followed by the colourful Crocuses then the cheerful Daffodils and other Spring flowers, with the Bluebells ready to bloom.

On my short walk in my Close, I stopped to admire Daisies on one small lawn and then the beautiful Magnolia tree in another garden, Dilys has always called these trees Tulip trees since she was a little girl!

Looking forward  to seeing you all soon.

Stay safe and well.

Mavis

April 2021

At long last it seems the end of the lockdown is in sight. How nice to think that now we can think about holidays. It certainty has been a long hard winter, but at last the spring flowers are coming into bloom. So folks get out your bus passes and get ready to meet friends for a coffee or perhaps a spot of lunch and lots of shopping.

I was talking to one of my friends on the telephone and we both agreed how lucky we were to have people around who cared. Just a phone call or a knock on the door to see if we needed any shopping. We really do appreciate the kindness of people.

Some of us have pets to keep us company. Perhaps they drive us mad but it means we are never alone. My Parrot LULU certainly keeps me going. He gives me a work out every day cleaning the floor and trying to get him in his cage at night.

Well hoping everyone keeps well.

Stay safe out there and hope we meet again soon.

God bless.

Barbara

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March 2021

At the time of writing it is unknown if indeed we will be in a corner of a physical or virtual page, but nevertheless, pull up a chair, grab your favourite mug and hot drink (but stay away from the Moulton Carey mug in the cupboard as that is pre-spoken for!) and gather round the biscuit plate, for a little time of friendship, fun and banter, with cooking tips, craft ideas and life advice, amidst a bit of ribbing and with some jolly big boots to walk in the footsteps of.

First things first, if you’re looking for a chocolate biscuit, do turn the digestive looking ones over.  They may be disguised that way!  There’s a tip for you!

We really do hope that a lot of new folk will drop by and decide to stay and the most important thing is that anyone and everyone can take a turn in writing this CCMC club news.  In fact, it will rely on that.

Here’s a bit of news for those who know of this exciting venture; Melli’s gladiatorial jumper is now transformed into a bench covering, due to a certain issue with the shoulders. Perhaps measuring might have been an idea after all.  Glass jars are in demand, as well as for preserving I am sure, but also for using to hold miniature magical worlds and for use as photograph frames.  And apple sauce and cinnamon spice is now in great demand to use in the creation of naturally scented ornaments.

It is a busy time and nothing previously in the blue bins is safe.  The Wombling theme is developing still with lots of lovely craft supplies being used.  Perhaps a fresh theme will soon start, something to do with bulbs now that Spring is definitely on its way.

A new bird has joined our community over the Pandemic period, his name is LuLu and he is, I understand, a wonderfully engaging and much loved handful.  The finches, Jacob and Majesty, continue well and the neighbourhood cats are thriving but being kept away from little wings.

We hope you have enjoyed our club news.  Do please be in touch and share your thoughts for next month’s gathering.  At least that means we can eat more biscuits next time as we are not meeting every week for now.

There are so many beautiful reasons to be happy and for me, that’s always going to be the awesome folk I’m meeting at Carey.

Signing off for now, Melli X XX

PS Massive virtual hugs, miss you loads X XXX