This week, a lucky 13 of us took a day trip to Scilly to meet up with the ladies of St Mary’s WI. What a splendid day it was!
Ruth and Kathy enjoying some sunshine on the Scillonian.
The trip over on the Scillonian was beautifully smooth and we all sunned ourselves on the decks. When we arrived, we were met by Sue and Heather, two members of St Mary’s WI, who greeted us with a welcome sign. We then piled into two minibuses and were given a tour of the island – including the Garrison and Old Town, as well as the chapel hall where St Mary’s holds their WI meetings.
After our whirlwind tour, we were taken to Juliet’s Garden, a fabulous restaurant with enormous terraces overlooking the harbour. There, the rest of the St Mary’s WI members were waiting to meet us. I think there were about 25 of us altogether, all at a lovely long table!
Lunch at Juliet’s Garden.
I can’t put into words how wonderfully warm and friendly they all were. The conversations were noisy and full of laughter and it was as if we’d all known each other for years! Or perhaps that was the wine. 😉
After a delicious meal and more laughs, we set off on foot to return to the ferry. On the way, we stopped on the Strand for ice cream. There aren’t many things nicer than ice cream on a hot summer day, looking out at beautiful sea views!
Karrie, Lis and Hazel enjoying a pre-ferry ice cream.
We cornered a stranger and asked him to take a big group photo!
After saying our goodbyes, we all boarded the ferry – and had a slightly chillier trip home!
The trip back home was a little chilly!
What a fantastic day it was. Those of us who went certainly had a day to remember. We are so grateful to Sue, Heather, Peggy and the rest of the St Mary’s ladies for their generosity and kindness. They even put on some late summer sunshine for us! Best of all, I think we all made some really good friends.
Two of the St Mary’s WI members will be in Truro for the Autumn Council Meeting next month, so make sure you say hello!
And now we must put on our thinking caps and come up with a way to repay the ladies when they visit the mainland next year.
Click here to see more pictures of our wonderful day out.