Talk, Demonstration and ‘Have a Go’


setting up my talk

After my day of brush and bonfire I joined the Appleton-le-Moor WI, who had invited me to give a talk at their monthly meeting.  I prepared slides for a little presentation, followed by a stone carving demonstration with the idea that members could have a go.

The meeting began

A very enthusiastic group took up mallets and chisels, and carvings began to appear. After much hammering and dust making, we all sat down for a wonderful supper round a long table laid out in the village hall.

stone carving

A leaf appeared in the stone, then a beetle, followed by a duck and chiseling continued on a rabbit I had started in the demonstration.

stone leaf, beetle and duck

stone rabbit

I had a wonderful evening – was greeted with the warmest of welcomes – and infected by the energy, laughter and sense of fun.  Thankyou all!





  1. Comment by Amanda:

    Sounds like a wonderful time, would have loved to attend something like this…
    Amanda xx

    • Reply by Jennifer:

      Wish you could have too Amanda – it was a lovely evening and has inspired me to join the group! Do you have one locally – perhaps you could see what they arrange?

  2. Comment by countrysidetales:

    Smashing! Well done you. Had you given talks like this before? When I used to do talks about healing I always found it was easier if the listeners had a go themselves too, so we used to practice giving head massages which went down well!

    • Reply by Jennifer:

      It was lovely to be with such a responsive, hands-on group. Do you still do the healing? Never had a head massage – do they help brain cells to grow?!

  3. Comment by countrysidetales:

    Yup, been a healer for 20 years and always will be (as long as I can stand up and do it). Head massages (done properly) are wonderfully relaxing, good for clearing out toxins and banishing headaches and stress. Probably do make brain cells grow, although you’d never know it seeing how slowly my revision is currently going! :o)

    • Reply by Jennifer:

      I’m fascinated about the healing – but have to say glad it isn’t me revising – though so satisfying when you can answer questions with a flourish come exam time! Which you will!

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