Lesbury WI, Meeting

Lesbury Village Hall
Lesbury Village Hall

Two trips for ladies

In place of the usual Lesbury WI monthly meeting it was trip time.

Our first outing was to Edinburgh to visit the exhibition of the Queen’s clothes at Holyrood Palace, and the second to Bowes Museum at Barnard Castle to view an exhibition of shoes from the V&A – what a cultural lot, you’re thinking.

Although, the train tickets were cheaply bought, there was a price to pay – an early start to catch the 8.09 train to Edinburgh. However, after finally getting most into the correct seats, it was a straightforward journey.

But no sooner had we landed than there were demands for coffee before anything else. This is perfectly usual for the ladies of Lesbury.

The exhibition was smaller than expected, but interesting, and was followed by a tour of the palace. There were some interesting comments about the palace, including the fact that the thrones could have done with a coat of varnish.

We all had lunch in the courtyard café, indulging in wine, strawberry tarts and cake.

In the afternoon ladies opted for a variety of pursuits, including more culture and retail therapy, although there weren’t many bags in evidence on our return.

As we piled off the train in Alnmouth, laughing and chatting, one husband there to collect his wife stated that he hoped we hadn’t been in the quiet coach. As if.

August 9, at 9am, saw us waiting outside Lesbury post office for our coach to Barnard Castle. We did wonder if the driver was a lady as the male drivers were afraid of a coach load of Lesbury ladies.

The journey was not without concern as the heating couldn’t be turned off and the bus sounded ill. However, we did arrive in plenty of time to meet the usual demands for coffee and scones.

The exhibition of shoes was excellent, with much to discuss, including how small and narrow some of the feet must have been, how on earth anyone could actually walk on some of them, and of course, we all had a favourite. A pair of red sexy heels is at the top of my wish list.

The video showing the creation of a pair of designer, handmade shoes, from start to finish, helped to explain why none of us can afford them.

Lunch was taken in the lovely Bowes café, together with wine, after which we all sauntered into the town to shop or visit the river, or just to sit and watch the world go by.

The ladies clearly enjoyed themselves and asked where we were going next,