Seven members of St. Mary’s, Isles of Scilly, WI have recently returned to the islands after a short exchange visit to their link WI, Crowlas and Ludgvan. Not only were the ladies blessed with beautiful sunny weather, but all were so warmly welcomed, hosted for two nights, entertained and treated.
The smooth crossing on an early Scillonian III meant that there was time on the first afternoon for a trip to St. Michael’s Mount after lunch. Some ladies chose to tour the castle, others sought shade in the lush gardens and then it was off to our host homes to freshen up before joining the Crowlas and Ludgvan WI monthly meeting. There was a supper of hot pasties and homemade cakes followed by a demonstration of “Sexing up your Salads” by Helen Thomas from Archie Brown’s of Penzance. It was interesting to see how different WIs operate, with plenty of new ideas to take back and share.
The following day, another hot one, began with the scenic train ride along the coast from St. Erth to St. Ives. First on the agenda was an excellent guided tour and talk at Barbara Hepworth’s studio and deliciously shady sculpture garden. Everyone adjourned for lunch at a beachside restaurant, after which groups dispersed to do their own things: some headed for the shops, some the beach and some back to hosts homes for the chance to chat or rest in a cooler spot. The finale to the visit was a large group meal at Marazion, overlooking the emerging causeway and Mount.
Everyone from St. Mary’s felt very lucky to have had the chance to better get to know our WI friends across the water, and we look forward to returning the favour soon by sharing our homes and islands again. (Karrie Skaife, St Mary’s WI)