Therefore all seasons shall be sweet to thee,
Whether summer clothe the general earth
With greeness, or the redbreast sit and sing
Betwixt the tufts of snow on the bare branch
Of mossy apple-tree, while the nigh thatch
Smokes in the sun-thaw; whether the eave-drops fall
Heard only in the trances of the blast,
Or if the secret ministry of frost
Shall hang them up in silent icicles,
Quietly shining to the quiet Moon.

Monday, October 09, 2006

An Unexpected Promotion!

Saturday afternoon was my local Knit & Crochet Guild meeting,I turned up a few minutes late as I'd been buying a birthday present for a friend. I waltzed in and found an empty chair then suddenly realised that things looked a bit odd. Fifteen ladies were just sitting there doing nothing and the shutters to the kitchen area were still closed! 'Er.. who's running the meeting today?' I asked with a feeling of doom hanging suddenly over me. 'You are' came the answering chorus, 'you're the only committee member here'. Now, I am treasurer, this is a deliberate choice because it doesn't involve me in standing up and saying anything apart from once a year at the AGM. And here I was, no warning,no notes, no nothing! Fortunately I'd printed out and brought with me the newsletter covering the previous meeting and I knew the lady who was doing the workshop so off I went - talk about flying by the seat of my pants!! Not to mention being all things to all men - I chaired the meeting, took notes for the newsletter, ran the sales table, introduced the speaker and with a 'volunteer' (read pressed labour here!)opened up the kitchen and made the tea and coffee. It all went well, the workshop was excellent and popular and it was 4pm before I knew it. Once again I tottered back home feeling like a limp rag - I've been asked to stand for committee at my WI too and I'm beginning to regret saying 'yes'. Still, maybe I won't get enough votes she said in a hopeful sort of voice...........

This is the lucet that Jean showed us how to use, it's medieval tool used to make square shaped cords which were used to tie your clothes - no buttons, zips etc in those days. It's actually easy and very therapeutic when you get the hang of it - and, boy, did I need therapeutic.

I wonder what would have happened if I hadn't turned up either????


Anonymous said...

It sounds like you handled everything beautifully. Now..if you had known the day before that you would be expected to do all of this you would have been horrified...maybe it's as well it was sprung on you..!

Britt-Arnhild said...

You were ment to turn up :-)

Granny K said...

At our Quilter's club we serve for 2 years max in any one position. I get hot and bothered if I have to 'speak up'! I'm happier as 'librarian' or 'being in charge of the biscuit tin'!

Remiman said...

Now you've gone and done it. I suspect this was just a test, which you passed with flying colors I've no doubt! Now you'll be expected to take on the slot of Pres.
You have a great smile for someone "uncomfortable?" with the chair ;-)

Becca said...

What a very good thing you turned up! ... and a great story. Hope it's okay that I have added Circle of the Year to my writers/journals blog links. I enjoy visiting your site ...

Janet said...

Sounds as if you handled everything quite nicely. I would be horrified to have to speak in front of a lot of people...unless I knew all of them!

VintagePretty said...

Oh well done! It's just as well you turned up, otherwise they'd have been lost without you! You're obviously a born problem-solver :)

I'd love to join the WI (there is a reason behind this; I can remember heady days being taken there as a little girl) but I'm not sure how the members would take to a young 'upstart'?? hehe.

oh, and re: your comment, I did most certainly make those Belgian buns and oh my, they were heaven (and didn't last very long...)!

Will you be available on Friday 13th (oooh er!) for our Bloggers' Breakfast!? I hope you'll be able to join in!

plainandsimple said...

What's the name of the Hindu goddess with many arms?

That cord tool looks very interesting!